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H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come (1979)

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This is a remake of a 1936 sci-fi, future dystopia tale by H.G. Wells, but the drama, as interpreted by director George McCowan and scripter Martin Lager is not altered to accommodate today's more demanding audiences. As a result, the story, characters, and dialogue are a little weak. After a nuclear holocaust has forced people on earth to set up house on the moon (covered by an insulating, glass-like bubble), their continuing existence depends on some medication to fight off the effects of radiation (!). The trouble is that this medicine is now controlled by the villainous Omus (Jack Palance) who lives on the planet where the miracle drug is made. He is in the process of blackmailing the earth people into accepting him as a dictator when a group of them sneak out in a rocket to defeat him and save the day, whatever the day is on the moon. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Cast

John Ireland
as Senator Smedley
Barry Morse
as Dr. John Caball
Nicholas Campbell
as Jason Caball
Eddie Benton
as Kim Smedley
Greg Swanson
as "Sparks"
Lynda Mason Green
as Lunar Technician
Bill Jay
as Members of Niki's Army
Bill Lake
as Astronaut
Ardon Bess
as Merrick
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while it is hardly the worst of the Star Wars knockoffs, The Shape of the Things to Come is memorable primarily for its various failings

September 26, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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