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Robot Jox [VHS] (1990)

Gary Graham , Anne-Marie Johnson , Stuart Gordon  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 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: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: June 10, 1992
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302132894
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In the future, all wars are replaced by awesome robot fights. Now, as the fate of Alaska hangs in the balance, everything rests on America's hero, Achilles, as he faces off against the undefeated Russian champ, Alexander. This is pure gold guys.

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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
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Any Occasion June 6, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Anyone who knows me is familiar with my philosophy that there are only three genres of movies worth watching:
First, there's the miniature robot movies (see Batteries not Included), that feature robots much smaller than people. These movies get a little sappy but they still make me hope for a day when I can have a conversation with my toaster. Second, there are the human size robot movies (see RoboCop parts 1-3), distinguished by robots that are roughly the size of the actors playing them. Third, there is the giant robot movie (like Robot Jox!). I'd take this genre any day of the week. I would recommend this movie. You've gotta see these robots bash each other into submission! I don't know if they used models or built real robots but the special effects make them look like robots. The acting glistens with reality.
The worst part about the movie is the opening credits-everyone knows the title of the movie they're seeing either from buying the ticket or from the box the tape was in so why do they have to waste valuable movie time by showing it on the screen? Unless you want to read a title you already know and a bunch of names I would fast forward that part.
I used to watch this movie almost every day in my basement and my dad would yell at me "quit watching that movie and eating peanut butter and get a job!" I also love the soundtrack but I don't listen to it anymore because it reminds me of my ex-girlfriend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash and Burn!
Love this movie!! Yep, its campy beyond belief... But got to love it!! The Robot fighting scenes really arn't done that bad also.... Crash and Burn!
Published 2 months ago by Lord Vektor
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Time Giant Robots Slug It Out!
A young Gary Graham, in a low budget movie with great old stop motion Giant robots.
This is Pre-Pre-Pre Pacific Rim and Transformers. No digital effects at all.
Published 2 months ago by Philip Lebow
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 2 months 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 2 months 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 8 months ago by CEOSR
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