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Damnation Alley (1977)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 21 October 1977 (USA)
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In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

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Jack Smight

Writers:

Roger Zelazny (from the novel "Damnation Alley"), Alan Sharp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Tanner
George Peppard ... Denton
Dominique Sanda ... Janice
Paul Winfield ... Keegan
Jackie Earle Haley ... Billy
Kip Niven ... Perry
Robert Donner ... Man / Guard
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Mountain Man #2
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Technician
Mark L. Taylor ... Haskins
Robert Hackman Robert Hackman ... Colonel (as Bob Hackman)
Erik Cord Erik Cord ... Burning Man
Terence Locke Terence Locke ... Air Policeman (as Terrence Locke)
Marcia Holley Marcia Holley ... Gloria
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Storyline

A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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You have seen great adventures. You are about to live one. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Survival Run See more »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Sound 360° (as 'Sound 360°') (patent pending)

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie sat on the shelf at 20th Century Fox for some time after production was completed in 1976. Fox had high hopes for it on its release in 1977, expecting it to do better at the box office in comparison to Fox' other sci-fi release scheduled for that year... Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Same cars in different places during the 'killer cockroach' scene set in Salt Lake City (i.e. Fiat 124 Sport seen at the garage, multi-storey car-park & parked outside a department store on the street when Tanner & Janice go 'shopping' on his bike). See more »

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Maj. Eugene Denton: Tanner this is Denton! This whole town is infested with killer cockroaches. I repeat: KILLER COCKROACHES!
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A post-apocalypse road film...
5 July 2001 | by joseph tSee all my reviews

The beginning of this film really shakes you up. The careful, measured tones coming from the missile base loudspeaker announcing the progress of "the war" belie the fact that at that moment scores of millions of people are being atomized as the bombs fall.

However, the aftermath seems to be typical post-nuclear mis-adventure, with the survivors from the base starting out on a cross-country road trip. The "Landmaster" vehicles add a jazzy and technie touch to the otherwise predictable trip. Wild weather, crazed hermits, and killer cockroaches require a little suspension of disbelief, but still keep the pace going.

Fans of "The A-Team" will like seeing George Peppard in a lead role, as the by-the-book superior officer who tries to keep the non-conformist junior officer (Vincent) in line. Dominique Sanda adds some nice eye candy as the token female member of the intrepid band of pilgrims, rescued by Peppard and company from the ruins of Las Vegas.

Overall, a pretty good film if you are looking for an evening of distraction and non-reality, if you can get past the opening sequence.


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