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Mutant Action (1993)

Acción mutante (original title)
In a future ruled by attractive people, mutant terrorists kidnap a rich man's daughter to claim rights for the ugly. Escaping police, the mutant leader crashes into a planet of crazy miners where no women live.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Resines ... Ramón Yarritu
Álex Angulo ... Alex Abadie (as Alex Angulo)
Frédérique Feder ... Patricia Orujo (as Frederique Feder)
Juan Viadas Juan Viadas ... Juan Abadie
Karra Elejalde ... José Óscar 'Manitas' Tellería
Saturnino García ... César 'Quimicefa' Ravenstein (as Saturnino Garcia)
Fernando Guillén ... El ominoso Orujo (as Fernando Guillen)
Jaime Blanch ... El presentador loco
Ion Gabella Ion Gabella ... José 'Chepa' Montero (as Ion Gavella)
Bibiana Fernández ... Invitada de lujo (as Bibi Andersen)
Rossy de Palma ... Invitada de lujo (as Rosi De Palma)
Enrique San Francisco ... Luis María de Ostolaza - El novio ultrajado
Féodor Atkine ... Kaufmann (as Feodor Atkine)
Felipe García Vélez ... García (as Felipe Velez)
Francisco Maestre ... El abuelo (as Paco Maestre)


In a future world ruled by good-looking people, a terrorist group of mutants led by Ramon Yarritu kidnap the daughter of Orujo, a rich businessman, to claim for the rights of the ugly people. Escaping from the police in their spaceship, Ramon try to kill his gang in order to get all the ransom. The trip ends abruptly when they crash in Axturiax, the planet of the crazy miners where no woman lives. Written by Kupotek

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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The name of planet Axturiax, the mining colony where the second half of the story is set, is actually a pun on Asturias, a region in northern Spain, known for its coal mining. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video versions were cut by 12 secs by the BBFC to remove a closeup shot of a man's chest being slashed with a razor-blade. See more »


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Alex De La Iglesia's first Sci-Fi movie plenty of horror , comedy , gore , amusement and embarrassing situations
22 June 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Devilishly funny Sci-Fi-terror-black comedy about some mutants become involved into incredible and frightening adventures . They're a band formed by hunchbacks , cripples , a two-headed man , mentally handicapped people and other mutants , all of them are likeness to ¨Francisco Ibañez's comic books roles¨. This is a full-on surreal Science Fiction movie that blends thrills , a lot of fun , suspense , tension as well as an intriguing script full of underlying lack seriousness . This Spanish SciFi/Fantasy/comedy is Alex De la Iglesia's first foray into absolute and total lunacy , being titled ¨Mutant action¨ or ¨Acción Mutante¨ . The flick centers on a band of attackers , a terrorist group of mutants led by Ramon Yarritu (Resines) abduct at a wedding party the daughter of a wealthy owner , Patricia Orujo (Frédérique Feder), to claim for the rights of the ugly people . But the rich man , the powerful businessman Orujo (Fernando Guillen Cuervo), trying to flee her at whatever cost . As the gang escaping from the police in their spacecraft , Ramon tries to doublé-cross his band in order to get all the ransom . The journey ends abruptly when they crash in Axturiax (shot in Almeria) , the planet (which bears remarkable resemblance to Tatooine of Star Wars) of the crazy miners where no woman live . There Ramón gets trapped by strange bands , weird people , a boastful saloon , as he falls into the clutches of a rare family and many other things . Meanwhile , Ramon and Patricia have been pursued by Rednecks , polices and the wealthy man along with his heavily armed hoodlums .

Alex De la Iglesia's Sci-Fi , horror comedy blends creepy elements with humor , tongue-in-cheek and thrills ; so, the tone of the film is light-hearted . It's a veritable buffet of the cream of the Spanish nineties , full of action , laughs , scares and attacks . Packed with scenes of fantastic nature , robust comedy , this story is exciting as well as frightening , as we follow the strange situations of some peculiar kidnappers whose destination is dictated by terrible events . The narration is so filled with quirk characters , crazy violence mixed with eerie elements and an underlying sense of surprise , and it is so excessive and plenty of fantastic elements , one can't help but keep watching , much as it is over the top in many an occasion . There are a lot of ¨comic books¨ references , such as ¨Lorna and his robot¨, ¨Judge Dredd¨ by John Wagner and ¨Frank Miller's Dark night¨. And the night city is similarly recreated to ¨Total recall¨(1990 , Paul Verhoven) and some scenes pay tribute to ¨The hills have eyes¨(1977, Wes Craven) . De La Iglesia reigns in his style this time around and gives an utterly watchable takedown of Science Fiction/comedy that certainly delivers a few madly inspired moments . Once again De la Iglesia exemplifies why he's one of the most amusing Spanish filmmakers currently churning out foreign cinema , adopting frenetic storytelling much like Quentin Tarantino , Brian Singer , or Matthew Vaughn might dream up . Enjoyable main cast and agreeable support actors deliver one of the most engaging , hysterical, action packed and wonderfully shot Sci-Fi movie in years . Ensemble cast boasts some of Spain's biggest film and TV stars , such as Antonio Resines/Ramón whose character mingles aspects from Terminator (James Cameron , 1984) and Pinhead (Hellraiser) , and the two-headed role by recently deceased Alex Angulo is lookalike monster ¨Basket Case¨(1982 , Frank Henenlotter) . Further cast members are first class Spanish star system such as Karra Elejalde , Jaime Blanch ,Ramón Barea , Bibiana Fernández , Rossi De Palma , and Santiago Segura ; most of them Alex De Iglesia's ordinaries .

It has a nice production design by Arri and Biaffra , plenty of creativity . Catching musical score ,including popular Spanish songs ; furthermore , ¨Mission impossible¨ classic score by Lalo Schifrin. Colorful as well as atmospheric cinematography by Carles Gusi . De La Iglesia , is well known as the Spanish king of black comedy . He's a cool director has got several successes : ¨Dying of laughter¨ , ¨Baby's room¨ , ¨Oxford murders¨ , and ¨Perdita Durango¨ is probably the weirdest Javier Bardem film ever made . And , of course , ¨Day of the beast¨ and ¨La Comunidad¨ obtained the unanimous praise of both the critics and the public and result to be a lot of fun¨, especially for those who enjoy surrealist humor , they won several Goya prizes and and resulted to be a turning point in his meteoric career ; from then on he became his own producer, beginning with '800 bullets' (2002) through the Pánico Films company . In addition , he produced a TV Series : ¨Pluton BRB Nero¨ (2009) with similar characters and atmospheres to Mutant action . Winner of several Goyas (Spanish Oscars), however his movies have not yet reached box office in USA, but he has strong followers , as his films have a kind of comic edge to them . Nonsense, ridicule , laughters , absurdity , disturbing scenes and many other issues ; you can find everything in this flick . ¨Acción Mutante¨ captures the essence of the best Alex De La Iglesia, a filmmaker who, at this point in his own story, is respected and admired worldwide and has the most committed fans in the film universe . This Spanish SciFi-comedy was much praised by critics as well as public during its European festival run . Being a big winner with various statues Goyas was this Alex De la Iglesia's comedy which dominated the technical categories . This is without a doubt a thrilling and enjoyable movie to be enjoyed for Sci-Fi/comedy aficionados and Alex De Iglesia fans .

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Release Date:

3 February 1993 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mutant Action See more »

Filming Locations:

Bardenas Reales, Navarra, Spain See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CiBy 2000, El Deseo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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