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Nukie (1987)

An alien called Nukie searches for his brother Miko, who has been captured by the U.S. government.


Sias Odendaal (as Sias Odendal), Michael Pakleppa


Ben Taylor (screenplay) (as Benjamin Taylor), Sias Odendaal (original story) (as Sias Odendal)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynis Johns ... Sister Anne
Steve Railsback ... Dr. Eric Harvey
Ronald France Ronald France ... The Corporal
Siphiwe Mlangeni Siphiwe Mlangeni ... Tiko
Sipho Mlangeni Sipho Mlangeni ... Toki
Bevan Windell Bevan Windell ... Nukie
David Fox David Fox ... Nukie
Sara Braunstein Sara Braunstein ... Miko
Sam Ntsinyi Sam Ntsinyi ... Sangoma
Jabulile Phakane Jabulile Phakane ... Dube
Fats Dibeco Fats Dibeco ... Mpefu (as Fats Dibeko)
Reed Evans Reed Evans ... Dr. Barbara Rhinestone
Carin C. Tietze Carin C. Tietze ... Pamela Carter
Lester C. Muller Lester C. Muller ... Dr. Norman Glynn
Marcel Schneider Marcel Schneider ... Officer Connally


Two aliens, Nukie and Miko, crash-land on different parts of the Earth. Miko is quickly captured by an American space agency, while Nukie, who has landed in the middle of the African savannah, wanders about until he befriends two young children. Will Miko survive the scientists' experiements? Will Nukie ever be reunited with his space-travelling companion? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A magical space adventure


Family | Sci-Fi


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South Africa | UK | USA



Release Date:

1 July 1987 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Nukie... In Search of America See more »

Filming Locations:

Namibia See more »

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Reviewed by Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob (2007)), who declared it to be not only the worst film he's reviewed, but also the worst film he's ever seen. See more »


Nukie is shown to be able to turn into a ball of light and fly around at will. If he is so desperate to find his brother, why does he walk around constantly rather than simply flying to him? This is compounded by the fact that Miko, who has the exact same ability, never uses it to escape his captors at the Space Foundation. See more »


Miko: Nuukieeee!Nuukieeee!Nuukieeee!Nuukkkieeee!Nuukieeee!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: To Catch a Yeti (2014) See more »

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Most Painful Movie Ever Made
17 March 2004 | by DontTreadOnMe_BSSee all my reviews

Nukie is widely regarded as the worst/most painful movie ever made. No one who has seen it denies this assertion. It tops even the infamous Manos: the Hands of Fate. As a result, it has a bit of a cult following, the way Kali, the Hindu goddess of death has a bit of a cult following.

The astounding thing about Nukie is its ability to cram so much stupidity into so little time. You find yourself watching a scene, realizing that every line and every action is utterly without merit, wishing the scene would just END--then it does, and a new scene begins, equally stupid, and you realize that the last scene's eternity was really only about 30 seconds long, and this movie is about 90 minutes. That's when you look for pointy objects to thrust violently into sensitive body parts as a distraction.

The other thing about Nukie, the one that leaves me in awe, is its ability to top itself in brain-killing idiocy. The movie crushes Barney's foolishness 30 seconds in, stomps Teletubbies in minutes, and after that, it's home free in the race for cerebral vacuum creation. Despite this, every 15 minutes--or less--a scene comes along which makes your jaw drop as it rockets the movie to a new depth of idiocy. Just when you think the movie has reached its nadir, a character begins dancing, or one of the aliens demonstrates a new power, or the computer learns a new lesson about feelings, and your brain tries to escape the pain by squeezing out of your skull through the pores in the bone.

It's a truly unique experience.

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