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50 years after a nuclear war, the two superpowers handle territorial disputes in a different way. Each fields a giant robot to fight one-on-one battles in official matches, each piloted by a man inside, known as robot jockeys or jox. The contest for possession of Alaska will be fought by two of the best. The conscientious Achilles fights for the Americans. Opposing him is a Russian, Alexander, a ruthless and bloodthirsty adversary who has killed his previous nine American opponents. With a traitor feeding the Russians secret weapons information and new, genetically-engineered jox looking to take his place, Achilles faces obstacles at every turn in the hardest battle of his life.
The ultimate killing machine. Part Man. Part Metal.
Title: Robot Jox
Release Date: November 21, 1990
Runtime: 85 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 4.6
Buried.com Rating: 5.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R
MPAA Rating: PG
Gary Graham ...Achilles
Anne Marie Johnson ...Athena
Paul Koslo ...Alexander
Robert Sampson ...Commisioner Jameson (sic)
Danny Kamekona ...Dr. Matsumoto
Hilary Mason ...Professor Laplace
Michael Alldredge ...Tex Conway
Jeffrey Combs ...1st Prole
Michael Saad ...2nd Prole
Ian Patrick Williams ...Phillip
Jason Marsden ...Tommy
Carolyn Purdy Gordon ...Kate
Thyme Lewis ...Sargon
Gary Houston ...Sportcaster
Russel Case ...Hercules
Geoffrey Copleston ...Confederation Commissioner
Jacob Wheeler ...1st Technician
Del Russel ...2nd Technician
Larry Dolgin ...Head Referee
Hal yamanouchi ...Tubie #1
Alex Vitale ...Tubie #2
Luca Amitrand ...Tubie #3
David Cameron ...Ajax
Jenai Ricci ...Phillip & Kate's Child
Jillian Gordon ...Phillip & Kate's Child
Suzanna Gordon ...Phillip & Kate's Child
Wayne Brewer ...Veteran Guard
John Shannon ...young Guard
James Sampson ...Control Center Technician
Steve Pelot ...Trainer
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Robot Jox Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- The ultimate killing machine. Part Man. Part Metal.
- Alexander: [to Achilles] I kill you already! [taps head] Alexander: In here!
Tex Conway: Crash and burn. Achilles: That's just for Jox.
Achilles: You're making my beer curdle. Alexander: And you make my drink taste like blood.
Achilles: You can live. Alexander: Yes, if I kill you with this! Achilles: We can both live! Alexander: We are already dead. We are Robot Jox!
- Empire Pictures went bankrupt during the filming of this, its most expensive film ever. The film was bought by Epic Productions and finished and released nearly two full years after having been first started.
The patches worn on the suits of Tex and Achilles include real US Army unit patches, such as the 101st AIRBORNE and the 18TH AIRBORNE CORP.
During the script-writing process, science fiction author Joe Haldeman and director Stuart Gordon clashed on the vision of the film. Halderman wanted a dramatic, serious science fiction film. Gordon however wanted to liven it up and use stereotypes. In Haldeman's word's, "I would try to change the science into something reasonable; Stuart would change it back to Saturday-morning cartoon stuff. I tried to make believable, reasonable characters, and Stuart would insist on throwing in clichés and caricatures. It was especially annoying because it was a story about soldiers, and I was the only person around who'd ever been one." As they were saying their goodbyes to one another, Gorden pinpointed the problem. He said "Joe, our problem is that you're writing a movie for adults that children can enjoy, but I'm directing a movie for children that adults can enjoy!"
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