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Crash and Burn (1990)

Unicom is a powerful organization overseeing most of the world after its economic collapse. They have banned computers and robots in an attempt to insure "life, liberty, and the pursuit of ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Band

Writer:

J.S. Cardone
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Ganus ... Tyson Keen
Megan Ward ... Arren
Ralph Waite ... Lathan Hooks
Bill Moseley ... Quinn
Eva LaRue ... Parice (as Eva La Rue)
Jack McGee ... Winston Wickett
Elizabeth Maclellan Elizabeth Maclellan ... Sandra
Katherine Armstrong Katherine Armstrong ... Christie
John Davis Chandler ... Bud
Kristopher Logan Kristopher Logan ... Scratch
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Unicom is a powerful organization overseeing most of the world after its economic collapse. They have banned computers and robots in an attempt to insure "life, liberty, and the pursuit of economic stability". When a Unicom Synth robot infiltrates a southwest TV station and kills the manager, a revolutionary against the gestapo-like corporation, a lowly Unicom delivery man must help the rest of the station survive through the incoming "thermal storm". Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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The weapons of the future are alive...

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crash and Burn See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The puppet for the giant robot was made out of polystyrene and resin plastic. It weighed forty pounds and was only four and a half feet tall. Moreover, it took six puppeteers to operate it. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Winston is shown holding his hands together, when it zooms out his one hand is on Aarons chair. It actually goes back and forth 3 or 4 times. See more »

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Big, empty industrial plant and desert = the future!
26 December 2011 | by udar55See all my reviews

The year is 2030 and America is in shambles. Big corporations run the country and the ozone layer has been depleted. A group of folks find themselves inside a remote TV station run by Lathan Hooks (Ralph Waite), who is secretly a member of a resistance group. And hiding among this group of 8 is a cyborg with "crash and burn" orders to kill. This was the third release by Charles Band's Full Moon Entertainment (following PUPPET MASTER and MERIDIAN: KISS OF THE BEAST) and the second he directed (after MERIDIAN) for his new label. Revisiting this after 21 years, I'm surprised at how dated it now looks to me. It definitely fits into Band's world of futuristic desert wastelands also featured in PARASITE and METALSTORM. The acting is solid (co-lead Eva LaRue is now a CSI: Miami lead; Megan Ward makes her screen debut), but the plot is as flimsy as can be. The film also features the cheapest excuse to have a 80-foot robot (effects expertly done by Dave Allen and crew) on screen for a few minutes. It should also be noted that the DVD is an absolute mess with tons of ghosting issues. The source print used actually looks worse than the clips featured in the "making of" segment originally from 1990.


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