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Dead Fire (1997)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 19 July 1997
A group of convicts threaten a space station.


Robert Lee


Chris Hyde (as Christopher Hyde), Andrew McEvoy | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Cunningham ... Cal Brody
Monika Schnarre ... Kendall Black
Matt Frewer ... Max Durbin
C. Thomas Howell ... Tucker
Rachel Hayward ... Alexa Stant
Lucie Zednícková ... Celeste (as Lucie Zednickova)
Gerard Whelan Gerard Whelan ... Mathers
Robert Russell Robert Russell ... Holden
Jim Thorburn ... Danner
Milan Gargula Milan Gargula ... Earl
Richard Toth ... Gizmo
Petr Drozda Petr Drozda ... Salem Jones
Martin Hub Martin Hub ... Otto Klein
Karel Vávrovec Karel Vávrovec ... Pitt Digger (as Karel Vavrovec)
Dusan Hyska ... Rainey


The year is 2062. The Earth is no longer inhabitable and has been left in ruins. On-board the space station USS Legacy in orbit around Earth, the Earth's population are in suspended animation whilst the space station is under military control and scientists are working on a project to make Earth inhabitable again. After disobeying orders, trying to apprehend a out-of-control soldier on a rampage, tough soldier Captain Cal Brody is sentenced by his commanding officer, Colonel Alexa Stant, to guard the stasis chamber where the Earth's population is in suspended animation for 3 months. But the USS Legacy is taken over by criminal Max Durbin and a group of escaped convicts, who have been freed by Alexa from the prison colony on Earth and Alexa decides to help them. Cal sets out to stop Max and Alexa's scheme and believes he is the only man who can stop Max, who plans to use Cal's scientist girlfriend Kendall Foster experiment to make the Earth inhabitable again, by using the sun's rays to... Written by Daniel Williamson

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Canada | Czech Republic



Release Date:

19 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vaisseau de l'enfer See more »

Filming Locations:

Milin, Czech Republic See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dead Fire is a 1997 sci-fi action thriller TV movie and stars Colin Cunningham, Matt Frewer and C. Thomas Howell. In the TV movie, a military controlled space station orbiting Earth, now a wasteland is taken over by a group of escaped convicts and a female military officer turned traitor and a tough soldier sets out to stop them. See more »


Cal Brody: Danner and that cantina worker needed bullets, not bullshit.
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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A villain on duty has got places to go
3 January 2009 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

"Come on, we have places to go and people to kill", the villain says once. A bad guy has got to do what a bad guy has got to do. The movie would have been better if it didn't have a simple good vs bad situation, but maybe scientists with different theories on how to save the world and we wouldn't know who's right. Regrettably, "Dead Fire" has no shades of gray, it gives us a very simple plot a la Seagal's "Under Siege": bad guys take command over a space station, but overlook one guy who was in the Cryo Section. He gets a gun and hunts down the enemies one by one. Yawn? Not quite, it actually was fast enough to keep me awake.

Effects weren't bad, except that the falling d-o-w-n scene in the elevator shaft looked silly. Lots of audible explosions in airless space as usual, and you needn't be a scientist to find loads of rubbish, from the deeply frozen people you can wake up within a minute to the guy who screams and waves for 10 seconds in outer space without a suit. Why can't they ever get a few technical facts right? The cast: Colin Cunningham (went on to "Stargate") plays the hero, Monika Schnarre is his charming girlfriend. Matt Frewer must have watched Marlon Brando too often, he tries to play the villain in a rather exotic style that is bewildering sometimes, the director should have slowed him down a bit. C Thomas Howell as Tucker is good fun - after Tucker is unfrozen, he becomes the wrong man in the wrong place, but at the right time. Rachel Hayward and Lucie Zednícková play the bad girls perfectly and make the whole story more interesting. In the end, I didn't regret I watched "Dead Fire", but it's not like I feel the need to recommend it.

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