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Zone 39 (1996)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 25 June 1999 (USA)
In a time of misery and fear two enemies come together to prevent an apocalypse conspired by their leaders. 40 years of war between the Federated Republics and the New Territories Union has... See full summary »


John Tatoulis


Deborah Parsons
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Phelps ... Leo Megaw
Carolyn Bock Carolyn Bock ... Anne / Novan Anne
William Zappa ... Sharp
Bradley Byquar Bradley Byquar ... Boas (as Brad Byquar)
Alex Menglet ... Tito
Jeff Kovski Jeff Kovski ... Pagett
Warwick Sadler ... Soldier #1
Simon Wilton Simon Wilton ... Soldier #2
Richard Aspel Richard Aspel ... Soldier #3
Bruno Stepnell Bruno Stepnell ... Handless Man
David Tredinnick David Tredinnick ... Young Soldier
Terry Carter Terry Carter ... Hustler #1
Russell Frost ... Hustler #2
Steve Fielder Steve Fielder ... Pilot
Simon Hill ... NTU Medic (as Simon J. Hill)


In a time of misery and fear two enemies come together to prevent an apocalypse conspired by their leaders. 40 years of war between the Federated Republics and the New Territories Union has taken its toll. The cities are overcrowded, farming land is riddled with unexploded mines -- and still there is no hope of peace. In this hostile, decaying world of the future on thing remains constant for Lieutenant Leo Megaw; his love for his pregnant wife. Her access to classified information makes her an increasing liability for the government. When she's ambushed, Leo is forced into exile. As a border patrolman on the isolated outpost of Zone 39, ordered to kill anyone that tries to cross the border, he comes to understand that ultimate catastrophe forced upon his world by his government. The real enemy is not looming across the border but standing right behind him. Now he must reach across the border into enemy territory and form an alliance to save his world. Written by Deeww

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Beyond Films [Australia]





Release Date:

25 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zona 39 See more »

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The names of the factions who were at war were the New Territories and the Federated Republics. See more »


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Title Card: 40 years of war between the Federated Republics and the New Territories Union had taken its toll. The cities were overcrowded, farming land was riddled with unexploded mines - and still there was no hope of peace. Industrialists from both sides met in secret and formed Central Union. Central Union succeeded where government had failed. It negotiated peace. In exchange it took control of communication...
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Very little known Sci-Fi 'cult'
28 January 2006 | by ruudarkSee all my reviews

First of all, let me come out by saying this is not the best movie ever, far from it. The story is shady, vehicles look shoddy, and the weapon props used are downright shitty.

But this movie is not just a Mad Max clone, as a great many people would have you believe. Sure, they're both about a man who loses his wife and any hopes for a sane future, they're both Australian, and they're both mostly set in desert backgrounds in a not-so verdant future, but that doesn't mean it should be shunned. I think there's plenty of room for culty sci-fi movies like this one and Screamers for instance.

About the movie: The atmosphere of desolation the creators wanted to use throughout is brilliant. The drugs used also put extra feelings of gloom on it, making the difference between reality and figments of a depressed mind's imagination not so easy to discern. If you're into this sort of thing, I'd advise you (all three of you) to just watch it without any hopes for Mad Max styled action scenes, because that's not what the makers wanted with this. Violence used is always harsh and short-lived, which is quite realistic.

So, in recap: Only watch this without prejudice and if you're into this sort of thing. Zone 39 is Zone 39, not Mad Max 1.5

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