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Robot Jox (1990)

Gary Graham , Anne-Marie Johnson , Stuart Gordon  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo, Robert Sampson, Danny Kamekona
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Writers: Stuart Gordon, Joe Haldeman
  • Producers: Albert Band, Charles Band, Frank Hildebrand
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6ONU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robot Jox" on IMDb

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Directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), ROBOT JOX reveals a world where nations settle their territorial disputes by a single combat between two giant machines. Piloted by national heroes Achilles (Gary Graham, TV's Alien Nation) and Alexander (Paul Koslo, Shadowchaser), the robots meet in Death Valley to fight for the greatest prize of all: Alaska. But when Achilles' machine crushes 300 spectators, the match ends in a draw. Refusing to face Alexander in a rematch, Achilles is replaced by Athena (Anne-Marie Johnson, TV's Melrose Place), a genetically-engineered combat fighter. So when the GenJox is nearly killed and the game is forfeited, Achilles avenges their honor by challenging Alexander to a winner-take-all death match, in this heavy-metal, sci-fi adventure.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy lunacy June 16, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I watched a screening of this at a convention where SF writer Joe Haldeman, who did the screenplay, sat in back with a something eating grin on his face.
What's not to like? In celebration of their son's visit, the family has meat--a lone weiner floating in a tureen of soup. The female pilot makes all the men nonplussed, then has the tables turned on her when an enemy robot unleashes a giant crotch chainsaw in the midst of a duel, for the obvious Freudian tie-ins (at which point Joe was grinning mercilessly.)
All the jokes and innuendos are way over the top. As Joe put it: "I was writing a movie for adults that kids could enjoy, and the director was writing a movie for kids that adults could enjoy."
Add in a Slim Pickens performance invoking Dr. Strangelove, and it's a twisted, unsubtle romp through political incorrectness, poking fun at (among others) environmentalists, capitalists, global politics and sports fanatics (the spectators who get squashed under a falling robot).
Oh yeah, and it has these kick butt robot warriors, too. Grab your friends, grab the kids, grab a pizza and a couple of beers for the adults and laugh until you choke.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Campy fun at it's best February 27, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"War has been outlawed" are the first words you hear as the camera slowly makes it's way through a snow covered battlefield. Meanwhile anyone past the age of 15 is thinking, "How the heck do you enforce that?" If you take this movie seriously, I fear for your children. This is a perfect example of a guilty pleasure movie if I ever saw one. Stop motion special effects, glossy form fitting spandex jumpsuits and over the top characters. It's all here!!! Adults will be howling and kids will be entertained. The stand out is Paul Koslo as the evil Russian, Alexander. He won me over with the furrowed brow, dead stare and exclamations such as "All right!! Now I Kill You!!"
This is definite Genre fun. If you liked Spacehunter, Ice Pirates, Battle Beyond the Stars and Mega Force then you know what I'm talking about. I recommend the said above as well. "Crash and Burn" Baby! Enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome-ly Bad February 24, 2006
For most of us awkward GenY kids, this movie was great when we were children. Watching it again is excellent, but only because the movie is awful. You'll quickly come to terms with your childhood and just as quickly realize how the end to this movie is the most disapointing scene in all of film. There are jokes you pick up for the first time and wonder how this movie made any sense to you when you were a ten year old.

The DVD is fine, though it lacks any extra material that you would find interesting. It's fun, it plays, but let's face it... Robot movies from the past are the bottom of the quality screenplay pool.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meca madness July 23, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I'd have to start with a contraction since that's what I'm reminded of seems to be a movie spin off of some 70's and 80's cartoon legends such as Voltron and Robotech (Macross, for the new generation). Over all Great fights, good fxs for early 90's release, a couple familar faces and good story line to run with. Hope you like it as much as I.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Enjoyable Film from Stuart Gordon September 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Re-Animator was a classic, From Beyond was too, Dolls was disappointing and Robot Jox a great film of entertainment. The setting is somewhere after a Nuclear War and 2 countries have split in to oppossing sides; 1 Good (The Market) and 2 Bad (The Confederation). War has been outlawed and terrotial possession has been settled by piloting huge mechanical robots by there nation's champions. Achilles (Gary Granham) is the Market's only help against the Confederation's unstoppable champion Alexander (Paul Koslo) must do battle once and for all. This is a great movie from Stuart Gordon i noticed some people won't like it but it's there decision. Also there are some great stop motion by David Allen Productions but the effects aren't great but there ok for the age. Overall i enjoyed it.
Note: This move is extremely rare and i bought it at they should have some copies left so better hurry before they run out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Professional Wrestling with Giant Robots November 2, 2007
That's what this film is. Very much something along the lines of modern professional wrestling, complete with the "behind the scenes" conflicts and romances, the gym/training sequences, and the interviews, trash-talking, and the "sports commentary" that goes along with it, as well as the relatively ineffectual referees.

This is the mindset, and for the story (which isn't supposed to be taken seriously), it actually works. But because they use Giant Robots, there are matters of technological advances and industrial espionage to deal with, along with some nice touches that flesh out this future world where meat is scarce, childbirth encouraged, new jocks are disintered from test-tubes, and pollution is rampant. However, the final scene was both poignant and ironic at the same time, as we see just how little Man has advanced from the time he was fighting with rocks and sticks.

This movie was made before the ready availability of CGI, so remote controlled marionettes, and stop-motion puppets are used for the giant robots with good effect and actually offers up a good look at the old art of SPFX before the advent of the modern CGI-effects factory. The SPFX are adequate for the film albeit you can tell that this was done on a budget; but the script by Joe Haldeman (author of the award winning FOREVER WAR) is very much written tongue-in-cheek and you can tell he is having fun coming up with the world and storyline that would feature the Ron Cobb (CONAN and ALIEN) designed machines. In short, decent effects, good acting, and a fun script makes this an above average B-Movie to watch when you just want some dumb fun.

My only real complaint is that the DVD release is very bare-bones, it is the film along with the obligatory warnings; the extras are non-existant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nerds met WWF in mecha!
Old, but a great movie for it's time. It was ahead of it's time, still cool to see.
Published 7 days ago by J. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's relic is a sort of old school Pacific Rim, minus the monsters
I recall reading everything I could get my hands on about this movie during it's production. The old Starlog magazine had some fairly good coverage of it, including all the legal... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Hose Nose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I remember seeing this movie when it first came out. I admit it's a bit strange watching it and knowing it doesn't have all of the mind-blowng computer generated special effects of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rodney Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Classic memory, Awesome to see it again. Will add this to the list of cool things I watched growing up.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah S Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Robot Jox
what can i say abouot Robot jox. it is a full moon movie before they where full moon. and this movie is a prequel to the full moon movie crash and burn. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matthew J. Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Not awful
Funny. I never liked robots. Before watching the movie I knew it would be bad. Yet, I've seen it and as much as it wasn't perfect or great, I somehow enjoyed it. Liked the ending. Read more
Published 5 months ago by 1337
5.0 out of 5 stars takes me back
lots of action, story line is good, could be better but all in all it was an enjoyable show to watch
Published 6 months ago by CEOSR
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best "Mech" Movie I've Seen So Far
Let's be very clear here...this movie is VERY DEFINITELY a child of the '80s.

It also happens to be the best "Mech" movie (humans in giant robots) I've ever... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven Woodcock
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Stuart Gordon's best
I like the setting. After WW3 the fragile Earth can not handle another nuclear exchange, so war is illegal (lulz) and disputes are settled with giant robots. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Boddicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!!
Thank you so much! Package arrived on time and in decent condition as stated. My boyfriend was totally stoked to get this in DVD, so kudos to both seller and Amazon for having it,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kimberly
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