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An unconventional corporate agent is given the task of shaping a group of violent criminals and technical wizards into a helicopter defense force assigned to protect a mining station on a remote moon.

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Roland Emmerich

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Dean Heyde (screenplay), Oliver Eberle (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Paré ... Felix Stone
Lisa Eichhorn ... Terry Morgan
Dean Devlin ... Tyler
Brian Thompson ... Jake O'Neal
Malcolm McDowell ... Major Lee
Stephen Geoffreys ... Cookie
Leon Rippy ... Master Sergeant Sykes
Jochen Nickel ... Scooter Bailey
Mehmet Yilmaz Mehmet Yilmaz ... Marc (as Mechmed Yilmaz)
John March John March ... Moose Haggerty
Drew Lucas Drew Lucas ... Riffle
David Williamson David Williamson ... Lt. Gallagher
Calvin Burke ... Capt. Stojanowic
Andy Howarth Andy Howarth ... Guard Checkpoint
William Begatie William Begatie ... Pilot Taxi-Crane (as William Begatte)
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In 2038, Earth's mineral resources are drained, there are space fights for the last deposits on other planets and satellites. This is the situation when one of the bigger mining corporations has lost many mineral moons except one and many of their fully automatic mining robots are disappearing on their flight home. Since nobody else wants the job, they send prisoners as a last resort to defend the mining station. Among them, internal affairs agent Felix Stone, assigned to clear the whereabouts of the expensive robots. In an atmosphere of corruption, fear and hatred, Stone gets between the fronts of rivaling groups and locates the person committing sabotage. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1990 (West Germany) See more »

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DEM7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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Moon 44 (1990) is the first time actors Malcolm McDowell and Michael Paré have co-starred together in a sci-fi movie. The second movie was Philip Jackson's sci-fi film 2103: The Deadly Wake (1997). See more »

Goofs

It is interesting that the defense force on Moon 44 chose helicopters as their primary vehicle. Most planetary moons have very little atmosphere - an environment in which helicopters (which rely upon air/gases for their lift) would be completely useless. In a possible defense of the filmmakers, Moon 44's atmosphere is portrayed as dense and mist-like, possibly similar to that of Saturn's large moon, Titan, which could theoretically support aerodynamic flight. See more »

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Master Sergeant Sykes: You trying to be funny?
Tyler: No sir. If I say no, does that mean I'm not funny?
Master Sergeant Sykes: [shouts] No! You're not funny, I'm funny!
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Very watchable blue collar SF
31 January 2009 | by blubb06See all my reviews

If "Moon 44" deserves to be remembered, it's for authentic atmosphere. It breathes 80's style SF realism, a cross between "Aliens" and "Blade Runner" -- did they pilfer Deckard's living room interior for their company headquarters scenes, by the way? Look closely...

It was Roland Emmerich's first genre movie before "Independence Day", and the two share the same flaws. Yes, it is full of stereotypes and the end is cheesy, by "B-movie" standards, but it also has some good drama and an interesting mix of characters. The real letdown is Michael Paré as the pretty face/mercenary hero -- a little more depth to his bleak and boring character might have improved the ratings. The main assets of the film are its visuals, they make for a totally believable outer space "mining" colony. This is a rather low budget production, but you don't see it. With some refinement to the story, and a few long shots and explosions more, it might have come out really good. This is one of those films that make you wonder, what if.


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