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The Lost Empire (1984)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | February 1985 (USA)
Seeking revenge, officer Angel Wolfe, her Native American friend Whitestar, and outlaw Heather infiltrate a fortified island where an undead wizard and his evil cult force captured women to take part in gladiatorial tournaments.

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Jim Wynorski

Writer:

Jim Wynorski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Vincz Melanie Vincz ... Angel Wolfe
Raven De La Croix ... Whitestar
Angela Aames ... Heather McClure
Paul Coufos ... Rick Stanton
Robert Tessier ... Koro (as Bob Tessier)
Angus Scrimm ... Dr. Sin Do / Lee Chuck
Blackie Dammett ... Prager
Linda Shayne ... Cindy Blake
Kenneth Tobey ... Capt. Hendry
Tom Rettig Tom Rettig ... Officer Robinson
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Whiplash
Art Hern Art Hern ... Charles Chang
Anne Gaybis ... Prison Referee (as Annie Gaybis)
Bill Thornbury ... Rob Wolfe
Gary Don Cox Gary Don Cox ... Horny Cowboy
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Storyline

After officer Rob Wolfe is killed trying to stop a gang of ninjas from robbing a jewelery store, his sister, officer Angel Wolfe, vows to avenge his death. Her investigation leads her to the mysterious Dr. Sin Do, who is supposedly in league with an undead wizard named Lee Chuck. The doctor is holding a martial arts tournament on a secret island fortress, so Angel, after rounding up some of her martial-artist friends, enters the tournament in the hopes of finding Sin Do and Lee Chuck and bringing them to justice. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A Roaring Adventure With Blistering Action and Eye-Popping Women


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El imperio perdido See more »

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Production Co:

Harwood See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with the director, Jim Wynorski, he said "I got my first break doing The Lost Empire for Plitt Theatres. The late owner, Henry Plitt (a decorated war hero), wanted to make a low budget sci-fi action picture as a tax loss. I never knew that when I made the show, so I put my heart and soul into the project. When it finally got completed, Plitt actually liked it enough to give it a wide theatrical release - where it actually made some money." See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, the jewelry store proprietor fires seven shots from a six shot revolver. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sin Do: Ahhhh blood, My favorite wine!
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Accept this for what it is...
25 April 2014 | by InfiniteInertiaSee all my reviews

Too many people watch films expecting EVERY SINGLE ONE to be Oscar worthy! In fact statistically you will find that most cannot hope to deliver a product at that level! This is one of those films, shall we call them "Friday Night Films". I usually have a gathering of friends round mine on Friday nights (too old to go out on the town nowadays), where we line up 2-3 titles to pass the time. Some weeks are "serious", some not. Last week we watched 12 years a slave, Argo & Munich, the week before it was this, Troll 2 & Hell comes to frogtown...catch my drift? The Lost Empire is a campy, exploitation piece of cinema with copious amounts of nudity, some hopeless "fight" scenes that have to be seen to be believed (especially the wooden shuriken to the back of the head scene), a craptastic villain complete with henchmen and little/no story. The women all look good, especially the 3 leads, but the extras aren't too shabby either! The story requires little/no attention to be paid to the screen throughout, which is exactly what crap film nights are all about, as more time is spent laughing and chatting than watching.

If you're a fan of trash cinema like Death Wish 3, Street Trash, Tromaville films, etc then you really can't go far wrong with this! Enjoy.


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