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Zone 39 (1996)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 25 June 1999 (USA)
In a time of misery and fear two enemies come together to prevent an apocalypse conspired by their leaders. 40 years of war between the Federated Republics and the New Territories Union has... See full summary »


John Tatoulis


Deborah Parsons
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Phelps ... Leo Megaw
Carolyn Bock Carolyn Bock ... Anne / Novan Anne
William Zappa ... Sharp
Bradley Byquar Bradley Byquar ... Boas (as Brad Byquar)
Alex Menglet Alex Menglet ... Tito
Jeff Kovski Jeff Kovski ... Pagett
Warwick Sadler ... Soldier #1
Simon Wilton Simon Wilton ... Soldier #2
Richard Aspel Richard Aspel ... Soldier #3
Bruno Stepnell Bruno Stepnell ... Handless Man
David Tredinnick David Tredinnick ... Young Soldier
Terry Carter Terry Carter ... Hustler #1
Russell Frost ... Hustler #2
Steve Fielder Steve Fielder ... Pilot
Simon Hill ... NTU Medic (as Simon J. Hill)


In a time of misery and fear two enemies come together to prevent an apocalypse conspired by their leaders. 40 years of war between the Federated Republics and the New Territories Union has taken its toll. The cities are overcrowded, farming land is riddled with unexploded mines -- and still there is no hope of peace. In this hostile, decaying world of the future on thing remains constant for Lieutenant Leo Megaw; his love for his pregnant wife. Her access to classified information makes her an increasing liability for the government. When she's ambushed, Leo is forced into exile. As a border patrolman on the isolated outpost of Zone 39, ordered to kill anyone that tries to cross the border, he comes to understand that ultimate catastrophe forced upon his world by his government. The real enemy is not looming across the border but standing right behind him. Now he must reach across the border into enemy territory and form an alliance to save his world. Written by Deeww

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Zone 39: The truth will destroy you. See more »




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Official Sites:

Beyond Films [Australia]





Release Date:

25 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zona 39 See more »

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For the urban scenes in this film, the producers stayed close to home, in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Without the spectacular assistance that nature provided at Woomera in South Australia, the producers had to create the dirty, crowded, claustrophobic and grungy atmosphere of the future-world metropolis. See more »


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Title Card: 40 years of war between the Federated Republics and the New Territories Union had taken its toll. The cities were overcrowded, farming land was riddled with unexploded mines - and still there was no hope of peace. Industrialists from both sides met in secret and formed Central Union. Central Union succeeded where government had failed. It negotiated peace. In exchange it took control of communication...
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Well done sci fi thriller
16 November 2006 | by Raegan ButcherSee all my reviews

This is not an easy film to find; I was astonished to discover not even the world-famous MOVIE MADNESS in Portland carries it. After locating a reasonably priced used DVD I can say I am happy to own ZONE 39. It hovers in a strange realm between traditional sci fi action film and slower, more cerebral and arty science fiction fare such as SOLARIS.

Peter Phelps is a hugely likable actor. His central performance dominates the film and he shows he is fully up to the task of carrying a major motion picture; he has a lot of scenes where he is alone and they never drag on into dullness. Why he isn't as big of a star as Russell Crowe is a mystery.

The "future world" scenario that ZONE 39 presents is rendered extremely plausibly within the confines of the tight budget; this movie really shows what a dedicated production team can do in conjunction with a tightly written script. Nothing is attempted that cannot be pulled off convincingly.

This is yet another one of those films that should be more well-known.

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