April 7th, 1989



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A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 4.5/10 (11,228 voted)

Director: Albert Pyun

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn

Gibson Rickenbacker is a hired fighter living in a plague-ravaged apocalyptic America where a plague has infested most of the United States and the rest of the world. In New York City, Gibson encounters a woman named Pearl Prophet. Pearl reveals to Gibson that she is a cyborg who is carrying vital-information for a group of scientists in Atlanta who are working on a cure to the plague and Pearl hires Gibson to escort her back to Atlanta. But Pearl is kidnapped by "Pirates" a murderous gang led by Fender Tremolo, who wants the cure for themselves and they decide to take Pearl to Atlanta themselves. Gibson, joined by a young woman named Nady Simmons, goes in pursuit of Fender and his gang, as Gibson sets out to rescue Pearl, stop Fender and his gang from reaching Atlanta and defeat Fender who slaughtered Gibson's family.

Jean-Claude Van Damme - Gibson Rickenbacker
Deborah Richter - Nady Simmons
Vincent Klyn - Fender Tremolo
Alex Daniels - Marshall Strat
Dayle Haddon - Pearl Prophet
Blaise Loong - Furman Vux / Pirate / Bandit
Ralf Moeller - Brick Bardo (as Rolf Muller)
Haley Peterson - Haley
Terrie Batson - Mary
Jackson 'Rock' Pinckney - Tytus / Pirate / Bandit
Janice Graser - Vorg
Robert Pentz - Base / Pirate / Bandit
Sharon K. Tew - Prather / Pirate / Bandit
Chuck Allen - Vondo / Pirate / Bandit
Stefanos Miltsakakis - Xylo / Pirate / Bandit

Taglines: He's the First Hero of the 21st Century...And He's Our Only Hope.

Release Date: 7 April 1989

Filming Locations: Castle Hayne, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,179,811 (USA) (9 April 1989) (830 Screens)

Gross: $10,166,459 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Ralf Moeller, who played Brick Bardo, had such a thick German accent that all of his dialogue had to be dubbed.

Revealing mistakes: In the first scene, when Pearl's protector is lying injured on the ground, he looks up to see Fender and his whole crew walking towards him in slow-mo, with huge flames billowing behind them. If you look at the root of the flames, you can easily see they are being produced by a hose-like apparatus that barely stretches the length of all members of the group, with fire coming out of the top.

Fender Tremolo: First there was the collapse of civilization: anarchy, genocide, starvation. Then when it seemed things couldn't get any worse, we got the plague. The Living Death, quickly closing its fist over the entire planet. Then we heard the rumors: that the last scientists were working on a cure that would end the plague and restore the world. Restore it? Why? I like the death! I like the misery! I like this world!

User Review


Rating: 9/10

the best "post-apocalyptic street fighter" movie ever. it's so bleak, so raw, sadistic; rather cheesy, and yet it is not at all "campy". how is this possible?? great acting, that's how. i mean great acting--given the context. it's a unique film. the sets and costumes are great. fender is a great villain. i was like 10 or 12 when i first saw this and i still get chills thinking about fender. i've seen it 4 times but not in a while now. i remember the dialogue being sparse, in fact i remember long stretches that were rather silent, and yet i was rapt. maybe the street fighter "blade runner"?? don't laugh, i'm serious. van damme~ford. fender~roy batty. i can't wait to see it again.


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