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Armitage III: Polymatrix (1996)

Armitage III: Poly Matrix (original title)
A policeman, Ross Sylibus, is assigned to a unit on a Martian colony, to find that women are being murdered by a psychotic named D'anclaude. He is assigned a very unorthodox partner named ... See full summary »


Takuya Satô (as Takuya Sato)


Chiaki Konaka (screenplay), Akinori Endô (associate screenplay writer) (as Akinori Endo) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Berkley ... Armitage (voice)
Kiefer Sutherland ... Ross (voice)
Dan Woren ... D'Anclaude (voice)
Wanda Nowicki Wanda Nowicki ... Julian (voice)
Mike Reynolds ... Lt. Larry Randolph (voice)
Bryan Cranston ... Eddie (voice)
Stephen Apostolina ... Chris (voice)
Barry Stigler Barry Stigler ... Asakura (voice)
Doug Stone ... Coroner (voice)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Kelly (voice) (as Dorothy Fahn)
Steve Blum ... Kelly's Manager (voice)
Riva Spier Riva Spier ... Jessica Manning (voice)
Ellyn Stern ... Rosalind (voice)
Debra Rogers ... Model (voice) (as Debbie Rodgers)
Richard Cansino ... PA / Walla (voice)


A policeman, Ross Sylibus, is assigned to a unit on a Martian colony, to find that women are being murdered by a psychotic named D'anclaude. He is assigned a very unorthodox partner named Naomi Armitage, who seems to have links to the victims. To stir things up more, every victim is found to be an illegally made third-generation android, built to be almost perfect replications of humans. It becomes a race against time when the government attempts to cover up the existence of the 'Third Types', and eliminate the only ones with the evidence. And even more importantly, why are the Thirds created to be so similar to humans, even to the extent of being indistinguishable from them on every level, mentally and biologically? Written by Chris McFadden <admthorilson@unspacy.org>

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If humans don't want me... why'd they create me?


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Release Date:

4 August 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The Region 1 DVD from Geneon was one of the few releases from the company to feature THX-certified audio and video. See more »


The tagline on the Region 1 DVD is: "If humans don't want me... why'd they create me?" however, the the line spoken by Armitage is: "If humans don't want me... why did they create me?" See more »


Armitage: [to injured Ross] Security should be here any minute. I'm sure they'll take care of you.
Ross Sylibus: No...you don't have to run and hide now...Officers don't leave their injured behind.
[She continues to leave with Julian]
Ross Sylibus: You're cold lady...
Armitage: [turns back, quickly kisses Ross] I will always be cold...
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Alternate Versions

Armitage III is shown in 2 versions: a 4-episode OAV version of Armitage III, and The Armitage III Polymatrix DVD. The DVD is only in English (with optional Japanese subtitles) The 4-episode OAV version is in Japanese with optional English subtitles and/or dubbing. Other aspects of the movie have also been changed. See more »


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Not the best but damn good...
11 June 2001 | by Peaches-11See all my reviews

I am a relative newcomer to Anime having only seen about 9 or so feature length films and episodes from about 6 different TV shows. Someone recommended Armitage I'm glad I saw it. Although not as popular as Ghost in the Shell or Akira it is the best I've seen after those two. Like most anime Armitage is set in the near future. In this case probably about 2050, on Mars.

Armitage suffers from a few minor plots holes and some visual problems but not too much worse then any movie. Armitage herself sometimes has some inhuman facial expressions (like most anime, think Dragonball Z but not ass exagerated as Slayers) This movie has a great plot and although, yes, it is a similar plot to Blade Runner, by definition so does any cop and androids movie. Besides Blade Runner wasn?t even the first with that plot? just the first really popular one. No one says Under Siege ripped off Die Hard just ?cause they are both about the good guy being in the right place to beat on some terrorists. (Sorry I just hate when people think that anything with a simlar plot HAD to have ripped it off) Anyway...

The plot is a little more developed then some anime but again, not as good as Ghost in the Shell although that may come from being put together from a miniseries with some scenes removed. Someday I?ll have to see the original four episodes. Armitage has a great sound track that goes well with the animation and plot. Visually it is average, not as nice as Ghost, or Akira but better than Dragonball Z or Titan AE.

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