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2001 - A Space Travesty (2000)

Leslie Nielsen , Ophélie Winter , Allan A. Goldstein  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Leslie Nielsen, Ophélie Winter, Ezio Greggio, Peter Egan, Alexandra Kamp-Groeneveld
  • Directors: Allan A. Goldstein
  • Writers: Alan Shearman, Francesco Lucente, Vince Di Clemente
  • Producers: Ezio Greggio, Chuck Smiley, Danny Rossner, Gary DePew
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V5NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "2001 - A Space Travesty" on IMDb

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From the Back Cover

First there was Airplane! Then came The Naked Gun series. This t ime Leslie Nielsen is even more far out than ever in 2001: A Space Travesty, a hila rious comedy that dares to spoof where no one's spoofed before: on another planet.

When the president of the United States is kidnapped by aliens and replaced with a clone, the police call on Marshall "Dick" Dix (Nielsen) of the International Security Force to he lp rescue him--and quickly, before they clone the rest of the world's leaders. With the f ate of the world in his clumsy hands, Dix heads to the planet Vegan, a very strange place run by an evil doctor and inhabited by aliens who, having learned to speak English from wa tching television, all talk like different movie stars. After engaging in some freaky lun ar socializing, Dix joins forces with sexy officer Cassandra Menage (Ophélie Winter) and m aster of disguise Captain di Pasquale (Ezio Greggio) to rescue the saxophone-playing presi dent. They return to Washington, D.C., and accomplish their mission of replacing the clon ed president with the real president. Or do they?

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From cop movies to spy films, from "Dracula" to "The Fugitive," Leslie Nielsen has spoofed it all. Could a sci-fi parody be far behind? In this spaced-out send-up, Nielsen (who also co-wrote) stars as a bumbling security operative out to foil an alien plot to abduct and clone the president. Co-stars Ophelie Winter, Peter Egan and Alexandra Kamp-Groeneveld. 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailers.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do the Times Affect Our Sense of Humor? December 19, 2003
Most of the previous reviewers of this film are split into two extreme camps, even those that have been long-standing fans of Leslie Nielsen: loved it or hated it. I've enjoyed his past films, including some that are serious, and I enjoyed this one largely because at present I happen to be interested in the concept of PARODIES. Obviously a four- or five-star rating of a parody does not mean the same thing as a similar rating of an adventure film, a romance film, a tragic film, or whatever.

Whereas Mel Brooks's SPACEBALLS was a rifle-shot parody of Lucas's STAR WARS, this film is more of a scatter-gun parody of science fiction films in general. And both kinds of parodies "require" several things of their viewers if optimum enjoyment to be received: (a) a fairly detailed prior knowledge of the film(s) being parodied, (b) the patience to tolerate a wide range of jokes of wide-ranging quality (some pretty lame; some even deceased), and (c) an ability to get silly and laugh at silly things (including, often, potty humor). In this case, while (a) and (b) may have been problems for some people, I suspect that a number of viewers were not able get in the mood because of the "times" we're living in--deeply anxious and depressing ones, for a wide variety of reasons I DON'T need to list.

I personally did not notice any lessening of Nielsen's ability to perform goofy comedy, nor did I think the script was inferior to other parodies he's been in. Further, Ophélie Winter struck me as a delightful plus to the cast: without her, I'd have rated the film just three stars.

Soooo--if you're in a horrible mood, don't expect this film to be your ticket to escape to happy La-la Land. It MAY be that, but don't count on it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of Leslie Nielsen's talents March 14, 2002
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The first part was promising, but the rest became very messy with a confusing plot and poor direction. The DVD release is not widescreen, for some unfathomable reason. A disappointment.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For Insomniacs And Zombies Only. August 16, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Poor Leslie Nielson. After making a couple of funny movies with the Zucker Bros (NAKED GUN series, AIRPLANE) he is now stuck with low grade spoofs. SPY HARD, DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT, WRONGFULLY ACCUSED and now this, which is worse than any of the aforementioned. I won't bother going into detail because this is just not funny. In fact, its downright boring. Arthur C Clarke should sue the makers of this movie for playing on the title of 2001. If you're already dead from the neck up you may find something of merit in this movie, if not don't waste your time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I recently rediscovered this movie in a box of bargain-basement, second-hand videos I had bought. I seem to have a weakness for "spoofs." I liked the first Naked Gun (even though the cop sidekicks were better cast on TV's Police Squad), and rode out the two disappointing sequels. I tried but never got into the Airplane movies. I stuck with the increasingly thin, sophomoric Austin Powers films. I made it through Loaded Weapon, Scream, three Scary Movies, Not Another Teen Movie, and a series of Leslie Nielsen clunkers so lame that I did not think it could sink any lower - Repossessed; Dracula: Dead and Loving It; Spy Hard; Wrongfully Accused; and Mr. Magoo (by then, all a well-known film critic who had once praised Nielsen's comic talents had to say about him was that he was the "bozo du jour"). But Spy Hard is a masterpiece compared to "Travesty."

"Travesty" has enough budget and production values to not quite give away by its looks alone how bad a film it really is. The name of Nielsen's character -- Dick Dix -- is catchy (certainly better than Spy Hard's weak "Dick Steele, Agent WD-40"). Early on, there are a couple of laugh-out-loud moments: Dix being snapped back and forth from front to back of a space shuttle by the suspenders of his pants snagged on a seat, sending him flying head-first into a levitating anvil; and Dix crushed on top of someone and undergoing various contortions during a gravity-defying drop in a high-speed space elevator.

But the movie is a thin, slow-paced, forced, brain-dead mess.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Space April 1, 2002
It was certainly a travesty paying good money for this dodo.
I bought this DVD primarily due to Leslie Nielson and wished that I hadn't. Right from the start from the poor send up of Dirty Harry sending his car through the store window to the end this is not funny.
This ground is not new having already been covered by the excellent Spaceballs, but this pales in comparison.
Some of the tricks of Spaceballs are apparent as there are representatives of different movie life-forms among the aliens.
Try as I might I cannot find anything positive to say about this movie. Leslie Nielson does not need the damage to his reputation.
On the front cover the blurb says 'the most outer spaced-out comedy ever'. Clearly the author of that remark is spaced out on something and is not an astronaut.
The only good thing about this movie is that it leads one to revisit Nielson's past glories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insanely Stupid
Leslie Nelson Typical role. Slap Stick comedy, a lot of raunchiness if you don’t like suggestive Sex jokes. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ronafish79
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I am a big fan of Leslie Neilsen, but this movie is not what I expected. I thought since it starred Leslie Neilsen it would be very funny.
But I was disappointed.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by WISCCUER
4.0 out of 5 stars leslie neilson
I watched the naked gun series and fell in love with this guy.. Not sorry i bought this dvd and do not regret it...
Published 14 months ago by jerry bodfield
1.0 out of 5 stars What's that smell?
I don't know how an actor with so many good movies under his belt can get caught up in a movie this bad.
Published 17 months ago by Al Breitbach
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time, why did Leslie waste his?
Let me start by saying I love Leslie Neilson movies, the Naked Gun movies are great. But this film is bad. Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Freedman
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 a sdpace travesty
i have always enjoyed movies with leslie nielson because i know if he is in it the laughs keep coming. i laughed all the way through the movie.
Published on February 16, 2012 by rick b
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the same man that was in Forbidden Planet?
The president has been cloned. It is up to Dick Dix (plural) to rescue him from an alien plot. Naturally his sidekick is a sexy blond (Ophélie Winter) and he encounters too... Read more
Published on July 12, 2009 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 A Space Travesty
I first saw this Movie in Moscow Russia on a Cable Channel at the Hotel that I was staying in in 2005.I only caught the last 30 minutes of it.but I laughed the whole 30 minutes. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Anthony Smelgus
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't bought the DVD yet but!
I saw this movie on Tivo the other day and I thought it was funny and granted it is kinda stupid in some parts but when you watch these kind of movies no matter how good or bad... Read more
Published on September 11, 2006 by G. Tautenhahn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three-and-a-half stars...A hilarious, but short parody of the Sax...
Leslie Nielsen takes aim at: Sci-Fi
and Bill Clinton at the same time.
Yes, he's still chasing the babes
and he IS over 70! Read more
Published on June 12, 2006 by Rich The Reviewer
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