Despite what you may think when you read some of my posts, I am a pretty positive guy. I'm an optimist and I think things will work out and the bad guys (the Reich wing and their minions) will get punished and the good guys (sane liberals and our allies)will prevail .
Another Charlton versus everybody else movie. This one also co-stars Anthony Zerbe who is one of the all time great villans of film and television. Also some great looking black chick is Charlton's love interest in this flick and she sports one of the finest Afro's in cinema history.
Technically not a dystopian film but it offered a scary vision of science run amok. I remember watching it from start to finish every time it came on TV in the early 70's.
This one scared me a little. It hit a little close to home for me. Watching George Segal nut up and commit all kinds of heinous violence when his brain goes haywire was something I could relate to. My mentally ill Dad was prone to nutting up and after I saw this movie I was afraid he might go off like ol' George did in this movie. Thank goodness it never happened but I was slightly leery of my Dad after I saw this one. This was quite possibly the high point in George Segal's career, and it definitely was the high point in Joan Hackett's.
I loved this film. I loved Yul Brynner in it, I loved the story, the effects, everything. Except for one thing. Richard Benjamin. I totally did not buy him as the hero but beyond that I dug the hell out of this picture. The sequel starring Peter Fonda, not so much, in fact I've never been able to finish it. But this one, man I'd sit through it again even now. I remember arguing with my brothers about which "world" we would go to, West World, Roman World, or Medieval World, and I chose West World every time.
This was the last dystopian movie that I loved from my youth. It had everything an adolescent boy could want, it had laser gun battles, a nude Jenny Agutter, Farrah Fawcett, Jenny Agutter's boobs, exciting chases, Jenny Agutter topless, fights, and did I mention that Jenny Agutter's boobs were exposed for a prolonged period of time? I picked this up on DVD at Best Buy last winter for $5.99 and I watched it again with my girlfriend. She could not make it through the first 40 minutes because she thought it was so bad. If forced, I would have to agree that it is pretty bad. The costumes were crazy fruity looking, the acting was wooden, with the exception of Jenny Agutter and her boobs, and the plot when you think about it makes just the barest bit of sense. But if you asked me about it when it first came out, man I'd have praised it from the high heavens, mainly because of Jenny Agutter and her you know whats.