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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 21 June 1996 (Brazil)
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Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

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Jim Mallon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Trace Beaulieu ... Dr. Clayton Forrester / Crow T. Robot
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
John Brady John Brady ... Benkitnorf
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Faith Domergue
Lance Fuller
Russell Johnson
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols
Regis Parton
Rex Reason
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Storyline

The mad and evil scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester, has created an evil little scheme that is bound to give him world global domination but first thing's first. He plans to torment Mike Nelson and the robots by sending them a real stinker of a film to watch called, "This Island Earth." He is convinced that this movie will drive them insane. And since the guys cannot control when the movie begins or ends, they are forced to witness the true horror that is this awful movie that has a lobster creature dressed in slacks. But will this be the ultimate cheese that breaks the boys' spirits? It's up to one test subject's quick wit, sharp sense of humor, and utter intolerance for cinematic garbage to foil the plans of the scientist and to save the Earth. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Every year Hollywood makes hundreds of movies. This is one of them. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1996 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

MST 3000: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$206,328, 21 April 1996

Gross USA:

$1,007,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,007,306
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The line "Hey, Laser Floyd, cool!" refers to planetariums holding laser light shows set to Pink Floyd music. See more »

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When Mike attempts to remove the Hubble Space Telescope from the Satellite of Love's hull, his face is very sweaty in every close shot, but bone dry in every interspersed long shot of him as he controls the manipulator arms. See more »

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Crazy Credits

On going joke about some guy named Rando in the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also cut was another host segment in which, during a meteor shower, the robots and Mike go back to the storm shelter (Crow tried to tunnel through space with it at the beginning), and when the air is cut off, the 'Bots run around heroically (and hysterically) to save Mike from asphyxiation. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme From Mystery Science Theater 3000
Music by Charlie Erickson and Joel Hodgson
Arranged and Performed by Dave Alvin (as David Alvin)
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A blast of an episode from the Best Brains!!
19 September 1998 | by GalaxyGaSee all my reviews

It was a blast! If you, the viewer, are not familiar with Mystery Science Theater 3000, better known as MST3K, I recommend that you rent/buy/borrow, beg, or steal tapes to become a tad familiar with the concept.

The concept is: riffing a B-or-worse-scifi-movie; the victim, er-- subject, in this case, is "This Island Earth", a classic from the 50's. There's this guy (Mike) who's been shot up to an orbiting space station (the Satellite of Love, or SOL) by a Mad Scientist (Dr. Clayton Forrester). Mike is a replacement test subject (Joel, who made the robots for companionship, escaped), and he and Joel's 'bots (short for ro-bots) ease the stress of being test subjects by making wise@$$ remarks while the movie is running. Then there are little interval segments that attempt to tell a coherent narrative.

The catch is that the bots are actually only puppets made from a gumball machine head, salad bowl, Tupperware interlocking set of flower vases, and armatures from folding adjustable desk lamps. The original actor who voices Crow T. Robot is Trace Beaulieu, who also plays Dr. Forrester (ah, the magic of motion pictures!). The guy who voices Tom Servo is Kevin Murphy-- well, if you really want to see him, you'll have to find the episodes on tape and go looking for his appearances as other characters.

This movie is much better than the episodes that have appeared either on Comedy Central or the Sci-Fi Channel, primarily because Best Brains, the production company, had more money to make better sets, props, and better staging of gags. The Hubble was great, as was the amusing and embarrassing segment where Dr. Forrester ends up in the Metalunan guy's shower. [aaagghhh!!!]

The only two things I miss are Joel Hodgson, who was the original host, and Frank Conniff, who played Dr. Forrester's assistant, "TV's Frank". Joel was a much different "test subject" than Mike-- Joel was more introspective, did many more musical bits on the show, was more creative ["Invention Exchange" was Joel's idea; as a comic/magician, he made most of the bizarre and funny inventions on the show.] I feel that Joel's presence, as writer and actor, would have given a tighter, more coherent slant to the experiment (but then, again, I could be biased!).

Frank Conniff, as TV's Frank, was the best inept sidekick an inept Mad Scientist could have, and Frank was the perfect foil for Forrester. Their gags tended to be more physical, slapstick comedy.

But MST3K: The Movie is, I hope, the first in a long line of franchise movies (like Star Trek: The Motion Picture!). I hope that Best Brains, Inc. does another MST3K movie--it's like no-calorie chocolate!!!


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