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Robot Jox (1989)

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It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories.... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Stuart Gordon (story), Joe Haldeman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Graham ... Achilles
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Athena
Paul Koslo ... Alexander
Robert Sampson ... Commisioner Jameson
Danny Kamekona ... Dr. Matsumoto
Hilary Mason ... Professor Laplace
Michael Alldredge ... Tex Conway
Jeffrey Combs ... 1st Prole
Michael Saad Michael Saad ... 2nd Prole
Ian Patrick Williams ... Phillip
Jason Marsden ... Tommy
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Kate
Thyme Lewis ... Sargon
Gary Houston ... Sportcaster
Russel Case Russel Case ... Hercules
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Storyline

It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories. The main character Achilles is a pilot in one of the large Robots. The plot revolves around him and a match for the state of Alaska. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The ultimate killing machine. Part Man. Part Metal.

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robojox See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,272,977
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the script-writing process, science fiction author Joe Haldeman and director Stuart Gordon clashed on the vision of the film. Halderman wanted a dramatic, serious science fiction film. Gordon however wanted to liven it up and use stereotypes. In Haldeman's words, "I would try to change the science into something reasonable; Stuart would change it back to Saturday-morning cartoon stuff. I tried to make believable, reasonable characters, and Stuart would insist on throwing in clichés and caricatures. It was especially annoying because it was a story about soldiers, and I was the only person around who'd ever been one." As they were saying their goodbyes to one another, Gordon pinpointed the problem. He said "Joe, our problem is that you're writing a movie for adults that children can enjoy, but I'm directing a movie for children that adults can enjoy!" See more »

Goofs

During the first Achilles/Alexander fight, Achilles fires the "secret" green laser from the Robot's chest turret. However, it was stated very bluntly during the weapons briefing that the laser was mounted in the shoulder turret. See more »

Quotes

Tex Conway: Crash and burn.
Achilles: That's just for Jox.
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Fun movie
3 April 2005 | by Bungle-9See all my reviews

I read somewhere (in a fairly panning review) that this is something of a live-action mecha anime, and I think they're on the right lines. I first watched this movie when I was very young and I've been dying to see it again, and when I finally did just recently all the memories came flooding back. I don't think this is to be taken too seriously - it's just a bit of good old 80's almost-a-TV-movie fun (it is set against the backdrop of a fairly dark future, although this point isn't stressed too much). What I admired most about this movie was that the dialogue didn't sound generic - no clichés, no predictable lines - all in all just good fun! Maybe time hasn't been kind to this little movie, but still I can find appreciation for it in me. It's by no means perfect, but it's entertaining and doesn't try to be anything other than that. Let the nerds and comic-store-guys worry about technicalities - who cares? See it for yourself and make your own decision. No-one else's opinion matters.


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