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Spacehunter (1983)

Peter Strauss , Molly Ringwald , Lamont Johnson  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson, Andrea Marcovicci, Michael Ironside
  • Directors: Lamont Johnson
  • Writers: Daniel Goldberg, David Preston, Edith Rey, Jean LaFleur, Len Blum
  • Producers: André Link
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QVZ3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spacehunter" on IMDb

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Andrea Marcovicci, Beeson Carroll, Ernie Hudson, Michael Ironside, Molly Ringwald, Peter Strauss - Director: Lamont Johnson

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic top-notch 80s B-movie September 6, 2004
I love this movie. Yes it is definitely a B-movie, but as a B-movie I think it's one of the great ones.

It comes from the era when Mad Max and the Road Warrior were all the rage and so has the same "lost in a decaying forbidden zone" kind of feel.

After trying to be a serious actor and starring in things like the TV mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man", Peter Strauss' career obviously stalled, as by 1983 he was reduced to starring in B-grade fare like this. And Molly Ringwald, fresh from "The Facts of Life" and prior to her becoming the 80s teen movie queen, has never been more annoying -- which is just what the script called for her to be: an annoying, whiney early teen. And "Ghostbusters'" Ernie Hudson also shows up to round out our cast of heroes.

This movie has everything -- from androids to sea monsters and mad scientists to amazons.

The costuming and set design are also well done and imaginative, especially the ultra-cool villain Overdog (played to perfection by Michael Ironside) and his nightmarish death maze.

If you're looking for meaningful or "serious" sci-fi you should probably look elsewhere. But if you're looking for some purely mindless entertainment which doesn't take itself too seriously and lets you just turn off your brain, chill out and be transported to another universe, this movie is perfect.

A classic slice of 80s space-flavoured cheese!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie June 14, 2001
By D. Read
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Yes, that's right: five stars. It's a five star B movie, and one of my favorites. My dream is that some day they will figure out a way to release these old 3-D movies on DVD for home viewing. But whether or not they get it in 3-D, I hope someday to see this on DVD. "Spacehunter" is a total cheesefest, but brilliant in it's own way. It's my favorite of all of the "forbidden zone" mutant type movies. There are all sorts of strange deformed creatures running around that were created by a mad scientist. The best part is Michael Ironside, who is awesome as the Overdog, who is the head mutant of this particular forbidden zone. He runs a death maze the he feeds beautiful women into to see if they can survive. Best line: "I like her. I like her for the maze!" Check it out.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. I swear. November 16, 2002
This movie freaking rules. When I was a kid it was on every time I was sick home from school, on public TV, at about noon. It was very consistent. I TRUST THIS MOVIE. Buy it. It will always be there for you in times of need and is perfect with soup and kleenex and a couch.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun B-movie November 25, 2004
Somehow, this is much more entertaining than it should be. It's one of those films that's dumb but totally watchable. One thing that none of the other reviews has mentioned is the decent score by Elmer Bernstein which adds a lot to the film. The main theme is suitably rousing, a la The Magnificent Seven, but he also has some whistful pipe/flute cues that complement the thematic elements of being on a strange outlying world where civilization has broken down, adding a tinge of sadness to the proceedings. As McNab, Ironside is great as always, and there's just enough invention to offset the obvious genre influences, which, as other people have noted, are actually more on the Mad Max than the Star Wars side of things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to explain. Unique for sure. March 21, 2011
By Kevin
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Where do I begin here? Molly Ringwald plays an urchin of a girl on a planet that is run by an overlord using young women as sex objects even though he himself is part machine. Sound strange? Well, it is.
Oddly enough, the film is very watchable too largely due to the actors. Peter Strauss is very handsome here and has a slight Han Solo act going. He meets up with Molly Ringwald and their relationship is hard to decipher at times. It seems they always end up sleeping together in silver quilted sleeping bags, her arm draped across him even though he could be her father.
Is their relationship romantic or platonic? Hard to tell here.
The special effects are very well done and the scenery beautiful! There is just enough action and just high enough production and just strange enough situations to keep one interested even though there isn't anything too, too deep here.
People searching for a new Star Wars will be disapointed but those who want something sort of offbeat in space will probably like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spacehunter November 5, 2010
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Originally released as an 80's "3-D film" which is why the
opening title is so hard to read on conventional TV with
all the whizzy meteors flying out, Spacehunter is nonetheless
a well made film that does "take you out of your living room".

For me, the vehicle designs and the rocky Utah scenary are the
best aspects of the film. The production design is brilliant
and the acting convincing. The buggies are fantastic!

Well worth buying but perhaps more for diehard sci-fi fans. The
film is not really suitable for younger viewers even though its
marketed at a "Star Wars" audience and has much of that film's
character and hardware style.

Michael Ironside plays a great villian, a pity we don't get a
little more of his charcater's background and how he evolved
into a villian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Space Hunter, was for many years a movie I had on tape and would watch any time I was down with the flu. It was fun and Sci-Fi, and I always felt better when watching it. It had been many years since I had seen it, and last night I rented the download from Video on Demand at Amazon to my TiVo.

So here's the deal, it wasn't near as good as I remembered; the FX are a joke by today's standards. Flash light on the air bubbles for stars, etc. It is a cheese covered corn-dog of a film, still fun but not nutritious. But for those who are fans of Sci-Fi video games, I think this is still a fun ride, and really I think the script would be exactly translatable.

So if you are in the mood for a low budget `80s "B" movie Sci-fi, this is just the ticket, if you want great Sci-fi, keep looking.

2 ˝ * for nostalgia's sake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
My nephew enjoyed the movie. However, the price for one DVD seemed quite expensive. I'm not sure what else to write.
Published 3 months ago by Sheila K. Cromien
4.0 out of 5 stars cheesy adventure and fun
Sure, the titles and effects are very cheesy, but so what? This is a fun romp with Peter and Molly as they traverse a planet fraught with peril and the Overdog, a mechanized guy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Viva
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
another fun trip for me down memory lane of silly 80's sci-fi flicks. Halfway through I remembered that this was of that time period when 3-D was again the rage. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Cheese.
This review won't be long.

This is absolute 80s Scifi cheese. I remember seeing this on TV a long time ago and never for it (The cute-tacular Molly Ringwald). Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Movie
Cheesy 80's space movie, Molly Ringwald is awesome in it. If you don't like the cheesy stay out of the 80's
Published 13 months ago by Jewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie...
Couldnt find it anywhere but Amazon had it and I'm so grateful. I'm a Peter Strauss fan and if you are too you'll really get a kick out of this movie with him him and a very young... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Betty Harden
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper
I bought this movie to replace my original taped version. Another keeper for our Si-Fi collection. A must watch at least once a year. Very entertaining.
Published 14 months ago by Lynda J. George
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality DVD... BEWARE
Regardless if you like the movie or not, stay away from this release.
Very Bad picture quality! old and grainy, with LOTS of noise and artifacts...
Published 15 months ago by stupik
4.0 out of 5 stars a young molly ringwald.
i always liked this movie.others don't,i'll just say theres action,and the plot and acting is if you like 80's sci-fi,watch it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by thunderunner
3.0 out of 5 stars Space Hunter
I thought it would be a little better than it is but it is still a pretty good B Movie..
Actors did a pretty good job.
Published 16 months ago by thomas p. stephens
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