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Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone [VHS] (1983)

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  • Actors: Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson, Michael Ironside
  • Directors: Lamont Johnson
  • Producers: Don Carmody, John Dunning, Andre Link
  • Format: PAL, Dolby
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L66JTE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three women makes an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women.


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Format: DVD
I remember seeing this movie on a late night showing on ITV in the late 80's and I got to say it caught my interest. Over the years I taped it on VHS, watched for a few months then taped over it, then taped it again and so on and so on. So in the end I purchased it on DVD and was impressed with the overall content and better picture quality than my old VHS copies. The story is simple one, a guy goes to rescue a bunch of bimbo's for a bunch of money from a bunch of bad guys, makes friends with a teenage girl, through out the movie they fight and eventually bond. The guy meets an old friend, who both sell each other out a few times then remain best of buddies, the bimbos are saved and all ends happily. This movie is like a future version of Mad Max, all the machinery has been repaired a thousand times an things need to be kicked a few times to work. Peter Strauss pulls of a likeable, sarcastic and unusual hero/bountyhunter and Molly plays an excellent teenage girl, full of angst, and both work well together, bonding into loose father and daughter unit. The best part of this movie is the excellently cast Micheal Ironside as Overdog, one of the best movie bad guys of all history. To sum up, a great early 80's movie, dated now but still looks good after all this time. Take a look and see what we were watching in the 80's.
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By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2006
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I'm really surprised at the comments posted here. I can remember catching the tail end of this movie on my father's casually recorded golf tapes and being rooted to the spot, pestering my dad repeatedly, 'What's this, what's this?!' Overdog is undoubtedly one of the sci-fi/fantasy genre's great villains, and the unlikely pairing of the man and the girl (who, thankfully, never actually get romantically involved) is well handled. The machines and sets are atmospheric especially Overdog's lair. But please, don't buy it thinking that the title promises space battles cos you're in for a big disappointment. Buy it for its weirdness and its atmosphere instead. Having said which - why is this only available in Region 1?? Fave moments - 'I lied!!!' and the bit where the chemist salivates over Overdog's fascinating skin diseases. (And why the hell was it called Space Hunter??)
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Very much of its time but an entertaining enough space fantasy adventure. I've waited many years to see this film again and I'm not disappointed. A classic? Perhaps not, the obvious lack of a big budget prevented it from being so. Nevertheless it'll always be on my list of favourite films, sad creature that I am !
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Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
My wife and I enjoyed the film on TV and sadly the recording I made of it was corrupt so we bought this relic of an older age.
Not cheap but rarities never are. I will still enjoy it so long asd I have a VHS tape player to play it on.
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Three women made an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog.

Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only earthling left from a medical expedition.

Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women....

Another one of those films that people must have fond memories of, when they saw it all those years ago.

But seeing that I saw this for the first today and at the age of 34, it's a big disappointment for the first hour. It reminded me of that awful film from 1985 called 'Land of Doom' or something.

The first two acts are just people walking thought the desert, pointing things at the screen because of the 3D, searching for three women.

It's a chore to sit through, Molly Ringwald turns up, but she whines, and then Ernie Hudson turns up, but he isn't Winston, and you start to despair.

But then all of a sudden the final act really ups the ante, and we get a cross between The Crystal Maze and Duran Duran's Wild Boys video.

It almost makes the rest of the film worth watching.

But then you cannot see this part on it's own, as it would be really difficult to comprehend what was going on.

Another case of the title being better than the film...
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This is one of those films that gets overlooked and is not available in retail stores,very rarely shown on TV and on verge of cult status due to originaly being filmed in 3D in the 80's.
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This is One of those Fun Sci-fi flicks that they don't make enough of anymore.Serenity and Gaurdians of the Galaxy come to mind as Two recent(ish) flicks that have the same rag tag of Heroes and Witty Dialogue feel to it.Peter Strauss makes a Great"Seen it all before,Grizzled Han Solo Type" Hero and Michael Ironside does Bad like only He can.Easy on the The Brain and a really Enjoyable Film.
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So worst things first: our lead actor apparently has been picked due to a belief that he can play a good Han Solo - our space rebel anti-hero who's only in it for the money. He can't. When the film starts it feels like you're watching a poor man's Star Wars (even more so than Battlestar Galactica did), and then...

10 minutes or so in, Molly Ringwald appears. And from there on she just gives it her all, putting in this way-above par performance that elevates the film as a whole. Michael Ironside is consistently great, and I've loved him in The A-Team, Total Recall, Community (heh) - he's never gonna be the weakest link, and sure enough he's a reliably imposing villain here.

But it's Molly who really shines. A year later, in Sixteen Candles, the world would see that shine and she would come one step closer to becoming a household name. A year after that, it was The Breakfast Club. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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