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Planetfall (2005)

A spaghetti western in science fiction clothing. Competing female bounty hunters track down the ultimate treasure on a planet wracked with turmoil. A drug named psylenol has hit the streets... See full summary »

Director:

Michael J. Heagle (as Gianni Mezzanotte)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonathan Adams ... Zitan Backgrounder
Rachel Adams Rachel Adams ... Zitan Backgrounder
Christian Ahlgren-Williams Christian Ahlgren-Williams ... Apologetic Villager
Robert Aiken Robert Aiken ... 'Roadkill' Tusked Gambler
Mike Anderson Mike Anderson ... Village Revolt
William S. Anstedt William S. Anstedt ... Village Revolt (as Bill Anstedt)
Nathan Arnold Nathan Arnold ... Crimenet Scum / Presidential Hanger Guard
Abigail Avila Abigail Avila ... Priestess
Frederick Beecher Frederick Beecher ... Bar Denizen
Carlo Besasie Carlo Besasie ... Bar Denizen (as Carl Besasie)
Myron Blocksome Myron Blocksome ... Presidential Hanger Guard
Bill Borea Bill Borea ... Lieutenant Thosworth
Steve Bothun Steve Bothun ... Bartender
James Burton James Burton ... Emilio / Dread Gambler
James Eric Cullum James Eric Cullum ... Brain Damaged Soldier / Liquid Mercenary
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A spaghetti western in science fiction clothing. Competing female bounty hunters track down the ultimate treasure on a planet wracked with turmoil. A drug named psylenol has hit the streets, stolen from a secret military program and reconditioned to be an over-the-counter psychedelic. When the general populace starts developing telekinetic powers, the corrupt government of Zita declares martial law. When the film starts, a confiscated shipment of the drug has been stolen. Now the race is on to obtain the last supply of the most powerful drug in the universe! Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,038, 4 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,710, 10 February 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Late-Night Drive-In Entertainment on a Shoestring Sci-Fi Budget
13 March 2007 | by fido-13See all my reviews

I'm a firm believer in the idea that a film should be judged based on what the filmmakers were striving for and how close they came to that mark. Not every sci-fi film is, or even intends to be, something as amazing as "Aliens." When held up next to "Doctor Zhivago" or "Dr. Strangelove," "Planetfall" just looks ridiculous. But compare it to a more appropriate doctor, such as "Dr. Who," and you'll better understand the nature of these filmmakers' ambitions.

This isn't a film that achieves (or even strives for) brilliance. It does, however, stay true to its roots: campy Dr. Who-style sci-fi flicks, slutty drive-in movie extravaganzas and decades of dusty spaghetti westerns pieced together with more passion than experience.

Like 2004's impressive budget sci-fi film "Primer," "Planetfall" is clearly a labor of love crafted with dedication and maxed-out credit cards rather than studio expertise and several million in investment capital.

Though it's certainly not flawless, it's absolutely entertaining, and at points inspiring, particularly when one views the DVD's attendant "making of" pieces and learns the hurdles involved in shoestring sci-fi.


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