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Defense Play (1987)

I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object) (original title)
A kid finds and uses a mini helicopter


Ulli Lommel


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Credited cast:
Carey Shearer Carey Shearer ... Max
Kim Kincaid Kim Kincaid ... Kim
Paul Rugg ... John Ferguson
Marc Drotman Marc Drotman ... Jacob
Anthony R. Lovett Anthony R. Lovett ... Chuck (as Tony Lovett)
Art Payton ... Steven (as Arthur Payton)
Pat Munger Pat Munger ... Marion
Kelly Zirbes Kelly Zirbes ... Britt
Peter Dobson ... Ringo (as Derek Hoyle)
Brian 'Fats' Bender Brian 'Fats' Bender ... O'Dell (as Brian Bender)
Doug Requa Doug Requa ... Harold
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Appling Michael Appling ... 2nd Marine
Russell Appling Russell Appling ... USMC Soldier / Driver
Thadd Turner ... Rancher


A kid finds and uses a mini helicopter

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They gave it life. They gave it power. They never meant to give it control.


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1988 (Japan) See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Often confused with Monte Hellman's Defense Play (1988). See more »

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Lommel's cinematic water torture
6 April 2003 | by sormir2001See all my reviews

Teenies uncover CIA plot to arm robotic model airplane with weapons of mass destruction. The robot has a conscience (and a dopey cartoon voice) and enjoys escaping from its desert model airplane hangar to fly around the countryside (cue for massive amounts of stock footage). A movie that was made during an extended period in which director Ulli Lommel used lots of stock footage in his other movies, like Wardbirds and The Big Sweat. The teens race from their homes to the hangar and then back home, back to the hangar, fake out a bored security guard at the hangar, get in the hangar, have lengthy conversations with the robot, race home, hangar, home, hangar... You get the idea. There's a subplot in here somewhere about kids with disinterested parents who have too much time on their hands. The film itself is for people who have too much time on their hands. Unbelievable bore, much worse than any of Lommel's other previous record holders for worst films ever made (and there are several vying for that dubious honor).

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