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Northstar (1986)

An astronaut's ship passes through a strange magnetic field on its way back to Earth, and when he emerges from it after landing, he finds he has acquired superhuman powers and a super-genius IQ.

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Peter Levin

Writers:

Daniel Grodnik (creator), Howard Lakin
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Sci-Fi

In the near future, commercial space barons compete to build frontier like space stations in Earth's orbit.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Greg Evigan ... Maj. Jack North
Deborah Wakeham ... Dr. Alison Taylor
Mitchell Ryan ... Col. Even Marshall (as Mitch Ryan)
Mason Adams ... Dr. Karl Janss
David Hayward ... Bill Harlow
Sonny Landham ... Becker
Robin Curtis ... Jane Harlow
Richard Garrison Richard Garrison ... National Security Agent #1
Steven Williams ... National Security Agent #2
Ken Foree ... Black Astronaut
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Storyline

Astronaut Jack North is hit by mysterious solar radiation while photographing an eclipse during a spacewalk. Returned to Earth, scientists find that as long as his eyes are exposed to the ultraviolet in sunlight, his mental and physical abilities are boosted to superhuman levels. More than a few minutes of exposure risks overload and death, so he needs to wear special sunglasses. Wearing the glasses or at night, he's a normal human. But in sunlight, he can think like a computer, recall everything, has super-senses and super-strength and can run as fast as a motorcycle. North uses his newfound abilities to investigate the murder of his best friend and fellow astronaut. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Northstar - vaara avaruudessa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A pilot for a television series for ABC network that was not picked up. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Jack North: [Burning soil to "see" the chemicals] Damn. Blood.
Dr. Alison Taylor: So what? He was pretty cut up from the fall.
Maj. Jack North: Yeah, but what's it doing up here?
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Spoofed in Heat Vision and Jack (1999) See more »

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"I almost pass for Superman ..."
15 April 2005 | by f00768500See all my reviews

I don't know about anyone else, but I thought this film was brilliant (for it's time). This guy was the closest human equivalent of Superman ever portrayed, and I liked the fact that he didn't really WANT these powers in the first place. To my annoyance, a lot of these "new" heroes seem only too happy to slap on the spandex and start running around wreaking havoc in the name of the Greater Good, often having the reverse effect.

Now I KNOW special effects in the 80s didn't have the panache of the 90s with its CGI, and that somewhat cheesy performances were the norm with a lot of 80s TV actors! But I feel the film's makers did a pretty good job with what they had, and the plot wasn't half bad either!

(NB - I originally posted this comment on 10-Nov-2000 as IronFan, which I've since deleted)


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