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Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Starring: Kurt Thomas, Tetchie Agbayani, Richard Norton, Edward Bell (II), John Barrett
Directed By: Robert Clouse
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Binding: DVD
Brand: Warner Brothers
EAN: 0012569795242
Format: Closed-captioned
Label: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2007-01-30
Running Time: 90
Studio: Warner Home Video
Theatrical Release Date: 1985-05

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Johnathan Cabot (Kurt Thomas) is a champion gymnast. In the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan, there is a perfect spot for a "star wars" site. For the US to get this site, they must compete in the brutal "Game". The government calls on Cabot, the son of a former operative, to win the game. Cabot combines his skill at western gymnastics with his fighting secrets of the east and forms Gymkata.

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Summary: Gymkata...not Jim Carter (with a Boston accent)
Comment: Okay, I have never written a review on Amazon before, but I could not resist when it came to Gymkata. Let me start out by saying that I am a big fan of 80s movies. Gymkata is no exception, either. I saw this movie when I was 12, I think. We were all gymnasts back then, and there was this crazy move from Gymkata that we kept trying to do (when he is talking with the Princess, and playing the role of both parties). This movie had everything in it; love story, drama, suspense, comedy, thriller, and then some. I absolutely love this movie for the sheer cheesyness of it all. The princess is supposed to be Kurt Thomas' trainer, but never really teaches him anything, except an inferred, "Don't trust anyone." If you look closely, you'll see some recycled scenery. And I love when he's running through the town trying not to get shot; mind you, he decides to run in a RED sweater. Yes, he might as well have painted a big bulls eye on himself. And how his hands magically have chalk on them, and how poles are conveniently placed between buildings during chase. This is classic stuff. The story line talks about how all the nations of the world are training their fighters for the "Game," yet, only about 6 fighters show up. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this movie, because it is sooooo cheesy and fun to watch. The sound effects are the same for every move during hand to hand combat. Plus, you will get a kick out of watching Kurt Thomas in the town of the crazies. My recommendation is that you purchase this oh so awesome film. It's one of a kind. Cheers!


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Summary: Instant classic!
Comment: Even though it's cheese how many clones can you come up with!? I just came up with two just by watching it near the end. From a movie to a video game,one would be the dark eerie village from (hostel).The other being (resident evil 4) the villagers attacking with knives, sickles and hatchets they are even dressed the same.Even though this movie had some cheesey moments it had originality to steal from. Originality is what movies are lacking today. There were many other clones,can you find the others? too many to list right now. I would watch again!

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Summary: If you love Creme Brulee
Comment: If you love creme brulee, then watching this is like eating dog turds wrapped in fig leaves.

That's not to say this film doesn't have it's unique contributions to American culture. I can think of no other film that has both gymnastics, and a Balkan wearing a mask behind his head who moons the protagonist.

Recommendation: watch this with a bottle of vodka. You can thank me later.

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Summary: Yahk-Mallah!
Comment: Mind-numbing fight scene coordination. Explosive action. Breathtaking locations. Intriguing story. Oscar worthy performances. What more could you ask for? Do yourself a favor and own this movie today. You've got to see to believe it. Yahk-Mallah!

BTW, the famous "voice-of-the-action-movie-preview" guy delivers one of his most memorable performances that can be viewed/heard in the original theatrical trailer exclusively on this disc! "His only weapon? Himself. And that's all he needs..." Classic!

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Summary: Silver Screen Magic!
Comment: Based on the 1957 novel, The Terrible Game, the filmmakers' first misstep was changing the title to Gymkata. (We would have opted for a more modest adjustment, and called it simply, The Terrible Movie.) The Terrible Game is actually The Most Dangerous Game, as designed by the President's Council on Physical Fitness. It requires the player to run around and climb a rope, and we're told that only a select few people in the world can meet this grueling challenge: either world-class gymnasts, like American champion Kurt Thomas, or 11-year olds who've passed sixth-grade gym.

The film opens with an angry white man -- Kurt's dad, who's apparently playing on the Terrible Game Senior Tour -- attempting to cross the rope bridge at Camp Snoopy. Richard Norton (who we know is evil because he's wearing Sonny Bono's sheepskin vest from Wild on the Beach) shoots an arrow into Kurt's dad, who falls to his death.

Cut to the United States, where the Olympic Games are being held in a high-school auditorium.

American champion Kurt Thomas dismounts the parallel bars, and is immediately recruited by the CIA to play The Game, which is held in Parmistan, a mountain kingdom ruled by "the Khan." Kurt will be trained by Princess Ruballi, the Khan's daughter, and even though she spends the first half of the film attempting to do grievous harm to his groin (knee it, stab it, rope-burn it, etc.), Ruballi eventually becomes Kurt's love interest, because she's the only person in the film who's shorter than he is.

Kurt and the Princess white-water raft into Parmistan, where they're promptly attacked by Himalayan ninjas (clad in black Dr. Dentons). Hopelessly outnumbered, Kurt unleashes the secret martial art of Gymkata, and manages to overcome his assailants using the deadly power of Olga Korbut's compulsory floor routine from the '72 Olympics.

Once in the capital, Kurt and the other competitors meet the Khan, (apparently a member of The Davy Crockett Hair Club for Men), who explains the rules: Basically, you run around and climb on various pieces of playground equipment until someone shoots you with an arrow. If Kurt wins, the U.S. will be allowed to build a "Star Wars" satellite-tracking station in Parmistan. If Kurt loses, he will be killed in the traditional way: shot with an arrow while playing the "Smack the Mole" game at a Chuck E. Cheese.

The next morning, the Khan announces that Sheepskin will wed Princess Ruballi after the game, with a reception to follow at Medieval Times restaurant. Then the competitors are off and running. Amazingly, Kurt makes it across the rope bridge without getting shot by an arrow, and enters "The Village of the Damned," -- a planned community for the criminally insane. No one has ever escaped alive from this blood-soaked bedlam, and it is soon apparent why. In short order, Kurt is attacked by a man with a sickle, beaten to a pulp by a pack of Italian grandmothers, and mooned. Finally, the entire populace converges on Kurt, shrieking and waving various farm implements as they surround him in the village square. Fortunately, next to the communal well is the communal pommel horse. Leaping onto it, Kurt manages to kill the axe-wielding maniacs with a quick and deadly series of Magyar and Sivado cross-travel variations.

The surviving villagers give Kurt a 9.2.

The crazed peasants chase Kurt into a blind alley, forcing him to climb a sheer wall, but he's too much of a pussy to reach the top. Surprisingly, one of the Himalayan ninjas reaches down and pulls Kurt to safety. He then peels off the black mask and reveals that he is, in fact, . . .Kurt's dad! It turns out that he wasn't killed in that fall after all, just maimed. Their tearful reunion is interrupted when Sheepskin shoots Kurt's dad with an arrow ...again! Springing into action, Kurt heroically jumps onto a horse ...and rides away. Sheepskin catches up to our fleeing hero and gives him a well-deserved thrashing. But Kurt cleverly goes into "rope-a-dope," outlasting his opponent until they get to the page in the script where it says he wins. Sheepskin takes a dive, and Kurt proudly rides back into town with Dad, who's been maimed some more, but is otherwise just fine. Now, at last, everyone knows the truth: Sheepskin is a traitor, and Kurt's dad is Rasputin.

Oh ...,

and Kurt wins The Game -- But if you ask us, he won ugly.

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