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When the President of the United States is kidnapped by aliens and replaced with a clone, the police call on Marshal "Dick" Dix of the International Security Force to help rescue him - and quickly, before they clone the rest of the world's leaders.

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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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  • Actors: Leslie Nielsen, Ophélie Winter, Ezio Greggio, Peter Egan, Alexandra Kamp-Groeneveld
  • Directors: Allan A. Goldstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V5NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David R. Eastwood on December 19, 2003
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By viewer on October 17, 2007
Format: DVD
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 By Junglies VINE VOICE on April 1, 2002
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2009
Format: DVD
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 many close encounters of the third kind.

In these days of diversity it is almost impossible to find a one star product. Well here it is. This poor film had no body to save it. The script has a superficial appearance but never follows through. The slapstick humor is not professional enough to get a giggle. Their timing is off and the mystery is not. This animal is not even in the same category as a spoof. If you see the first few minutes you have seen it all.

A note on the VHS edition. There is approximately 20 minutes of coming attractions that make you actually look forward to looking at this film. After five minutes of the film you will want to watch the coming attractions again instead.
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