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Gandahar (1988)

An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre-Marie Escourrou ...
Sylvain (voice)
Catherine Chevallier ...
Airelle (voice)
Georges Wilson ...
Métamorphe (voice)
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Ambisextra (voice)
Jean-Pierre Ducos ...
Blaminhor (voice)
Christine Paris ...
Porte-parole (voice)
Zaira Benbabis ...
Voix Enregistrées (voice)
Claude Degliame ...
Voix Enregistrées (voice)
Olivier Cruveiller ...
Homme-métal (voice)
Jean-Pierre Jorris ...
Transformés (voice)
Dominique Maurin ...
Transformés (voice) (as Dominique Maurin-Collignon)
Jean-Jacques Scheffer ...
Transformés (voice)
Jean Saudray ...
Transformés (voice)
Frédéric Witta ...
Transformés (voice)
Philippe Noël ...
Transformés (voice)
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Storyline

Gandahar is a utopian world of rare beauty and tranquility, the result of extensive mutation and genetic experimentation. But the perfect peace is shattered when a mysterious evil force invades this idyllic serenity, turning people into stone with petrifying rays. The Council of Women hold court and decide to send Sylvain, son of Queen Ambisextra, on a mission to destroy the enemy. Together with the beautiful and adventurous Arielle, the enemy that Sylvain eventually discovers very far from his home is the ultimate failure of Gandaharian scientific experimentation. It is a giant brain known as the Metamorphis, which has created an indestructible army of metal men to destroy Gandahar. Sylvain must battle the Metamorphis, but not until 1000 years in the future. Written by Morpheus

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2 March 1988 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Light Years  »

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$370,698
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The English version was directed by Harvey Weinstein and produced by Bob Weinstein. See more »

Quotes

Blaminhoe: We have lived in peace so long, we've neglected the possiblity of evil and we may have forgotten how to fight it.
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Sorry, folks, but it's a soporific bore.
17 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Version watched: Gandahar - with English subtitles.

I have a suspicion that most of the people who regard this film with such high esteem first saw it when they were kids and watch it now in a glow of happy nostalgia. Coming to it for the first time as a middle-aged man this film is a clumsily animated, ponderously slow, soporific bore; the much lauded 'truly alien' landscapes and animals are disappointingly dull compared with the lurid and fertile illustrations that filled the pages of the SF magazines I grew up reading in the Sixties and Seventies, and the story is very clichéd and thin. Which is a pity, because I came to Gandahar with fond childhood memories of René Laloux's 1967 film La planète sauvage and was hoping for some real screen magic.

I always try to learn something from every film I watch, this time I think I learnt that maybe sometimes the memory of a film is more vital, interesting and real than the film itself. I very much doubt if this is a new idea but I'm not going to put it to the test. I haven't seen La planète sauvage for many many years and having seen this I doubt if I ever will again, just in case I destroy the fond memories I have of it.

I also learnt that if you read really really fast you can watch subtitled films on fast forward and not miss a sodding thing.


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