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Trancers (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi | 22 May 1985 (USA)
Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler -- an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to ... See full summary »

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Charles Band
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Thomerson ... Jack Deth
Helen Hunt ... Leena
Michael Stefani Michael Stefani ... Whistler / Detective Weisling
Art LaFleur ... McNulty (as Art La Fleur)
Telma Hopkins ... Engineer Raines
Richard Herd ... Chairman Spencer
Anne Seymour ... Chairman Ashe
Miguel Fernandes ... Officer Lopez (as Miguel Fernandez)
Biff Manard Biff Manard ... Hap Ashby
Peter Schrum ... Santa Claus (as Pete Schrum)
Barbara Perry ... Mrs. Santa Claus
Brad Logan Brad Logan ... Bull
Minnie Summers Lindsey ... 'Mom' (as Minnie Lindsay)
Richard Erdman ... Drunken Wise Man
Wiley Harker Wiley Harker ... Dapper Old Man
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Storyline

Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler -- an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to transform people into zombie-like creatures known as trancers. Whistler has managed to escape through time travel and is loose in 1980s L.A., but Deth is on his trail. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Meet Jack Deth. He's a Cop From The Future Trapped in the Present, and he's chasing a 23rd century menace in 1985 See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Future Cop See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Seymour and Art LaFleur later co-starred in Field of Dreams. See more »

Goofs

The "long second" device is supposed to stretch out 1 second of time to appear as 10 seconds. The first time, it lasts for some 90 seconds, and we see a bullet moving at well under 1 mph, indicating a reduction factor of much more than 10. The second time, the effect lasts for about 45 seconds. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Deth: Last January, I finally singed Martin Whistler out on one of the rim planets. Since then, I've been hunting down the last of his murdering cult. We call them "Trancers:" slaves to Whistler's psychic power. Not really alive, not dead enough. It's July now, and I'm tired. Real tired.
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The Echo Bridge DVD release features a trailer for Trancers 2 superimposed on the credits in the upper-middle of the screen as the credits roll. See more »


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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Probably among the best B-Movies of all time!
2 December 2005 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

When one thinks of a B-Movie, one thinks of low-budget, awfully SFX, bad actors, and plots that border idiocy. Well, this little underrated gem surely will erase any preconception you have about it as soon as it starts.

Starring Helen Hunt in one of her first roles, this movie has turned into one of the most popular cult movies, and helped to establish Charles Band as a figure in the genre.

The story is quite simple: 300 years in the future, in Los Angeles(now called Angel City), Trancers are people who were controlled by a terrorist named Whistler. He developed a mind-controlling technique that allowed him to turn people with weak minds into mindless zombies. A detective, Jack Deth, apparently killed him, but in fact Whistler traveled to the past using a machine that allows him to inhabit the body of one of his ancestors. His purpose? To kill the ancestors of the government of Angel City.

As you can imagine, Jack Deth is sent to the past inhabiting the body of his ancestor too, who happens to be a reporter. What makes things interesting is that Whistler's ancestor is the chief of the police department of Los Angeles.

Even with it's striking similitude with Cameron's "The Terminator", the movie manages to be very entertaining, at times it even is more enjoyable that "Terminator".

This is possible thanks to the very good performances of Tim Thomerson as Jack Deth, and Helent Hunt as Lena, Deth ancestor's girlfriend. They have a very good chemistry and the way Thomerson developed the character puts Deth in the same league as beloved B-Movie heroes like "Evil Dead"'s Ash.

The movie is for the most part very well developed, an achievement considering the budget it had. Even when the script has many plot holes, the whole thing is so entertaining that one ends up ignoring them. Now, that is what good movies must do.

Obviously, the SFX is not the best, but the movie's lack of pretensions makes it charming, and very rewarding. In the end this is definitely not your typical b-movie and surely will give you 77 minutes of joy. My only complain is that it is definitely very short. Very recommended.

8/10


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