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M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994)

A brilliant, wheelchair-bound scientist invents a form of exo-skeleton called the Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter Interception System (M.A.N.T.I.S.) that turns him into a superhero... See full summary »

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Eric Laneuville

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Sam Hamm (screenplay), Sam Hamm (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Lumbly ... Dr. Miles Hawkins
Bobby Hosea ... Yuri Barnes
Gina Torres ... Dr. Amy Ellis
Steve James ... Antoine Pike
Obba Babatundé ... Cornell (as Obba Babatunde)
Marcia Cross ... Lila McEwan
Wendy Raquel Robinson ... Hawkins' Assistant
Christopher M. Brown Christopher M. Brown ... Hawkins' Assistant
Philip Baker Hall ... Smitty
Yvonne Farrow ... Magda
Francis X. McCarthy ... Chief Stark
Alan Fudge ... Captain
Grant Heslov ... TV Crew
Luis Antonio Ramos ... TV Cameraman (as Louis Ramos)
Billy Kane Billy Kane ... DeCarlos
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Storyline

A brilliant, wheelchair-bound scientist invents a form of exo-skeleton called the Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter Interception System (M.A.N.T.I.S.) that turns him into a superhero and gives him the ability to fight the crime wave that is engulfing his city. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M.A.N.T.I.S.: O ilektronikos ekdikitis See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Miles Hawkins is named after physicist Stephen Hawking. See more »

Goofs

When MANTIS is holding Kid MG over the edge of the building, he jumps down to the ground quickly, and the wire holding MANTIS is visible as he descends. See more »

Quotes

Hawkins' Assistant: The problem appears to be neurological. The more you use the harness, the more dependent on it you become.
Dr. Miles Hawkins: It's a technical problem. All progress comes at a cost.
Hawkins' Assistant: The harness is destructive, Doctor! If you continue to wear it, you sacrifice any hope of recovery.
Dr. Miles Hawkins: It's my body, Injia. I wouldn't dare test it on anyone else. If you don't like it, I can have you on the first plane back to Africa.
Hawkins' Assistant: But then you'd have to find new assistants.
[laughs]
Hawkins' Assistant: I can just imagine the interview process, Doctor.
[...]
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Much better than its short TV life
20 May 2006 | by garrardSee all my reviews

While "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," the camp classic 60's "Batman," or even currently airing "Smallville," most shows based on the exploits of superheroes have short television careers. If the show adapted from the teleflck, "M.A.N.T.I.S" had been just as good, it may have lasted more than a few episodes.

"M.A.N.T.I.S" introduces the world to "Dr. Miles Hawkins" (Carl Lumbly), a brilliant yet paraplegic scientist that, through the aid of special prosthetics and electronic equipment, becomes a "maker of right" in the constant fight against evil. In the pilot movie, Dr. Hawkins battles municipal corruption and drives one of the coolest cars in TV history: a 70's model Oldsmobile that converts to an airborne vehicle.

Besides Lumbly's believable acting, the movie also sports some decent effects, along with an exciting score, reminiscent of "V" the miniseries and Bernard Herrmann's work on "North by Northwest".


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