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The Time Guardian (1987)

In the distant future, the human race nears extinction and a new race of beast-like creatures rule the earth. The few surviving people live in the City, a huge protected construction with ... See full summary »

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Brian Hannant

Writers:

John Baxter (screenplay), Brian Hannant (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Burlinson ... Ballard
Nikki Coghill ... Annie
Dean Stockwell ... Boss
Carrie Fisher ... Petra
Peter Merrill Peter Merrill ... Zuryk / Committee Member
Tim Robertson ... Sergeant McCarthy
Jim Holt Jim Holt ... Rafferty
Thye Liew Wan Thye Liew Wan ... Sun-Wah
Damon Sanders Damon Sanders ... Smith
Tom Karpanny Tom Karpanny ... Tracker
Henry Salter Henry Salter ... Prenzler
Peter Healy Peter Healy ... Wayne
Adrian Shirley Adrian Shirley ... Counihan
Don Barker Don Barker ... Undertaker
Terrayne Crawford Terrayne Crawford ... Tucker (as Terry Crawford)
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In the distant future, the human race nears extinction and a new race of beast-like creatures rule the earth. The few surviving people live in the City, a huge protected construction with the ability to travel in both space and time. The City travels back to our time to save humanity... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Pray he's not too late. See more »


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One a number of South Australian made movies which feature a time-frame in the title. The other films were 2:37 (2006), 52 Tuesdays (2013), A Month of Sundays (2015), A Sunday Too Far (2016), December Boys (2007), The Making of 'Sunday' (1975), and Sunday Too Far Away (1975), whilst Playing Beatie Bow (1986) also involved time-travel. See more »

Quotes

Annie Lassiter: Tell me more, Ballard.
Ballard: About the City?
Annie Lassiter: Yeah.
Ballard: You'd be amazed. The technology's enormous. We've got powers your time only dreams about.
Annie Lassiter: No, I mean, the people. Are they different?
Ballard: They still fight and squabble, and try very hard to outdo each other. I guess they're not very different.
Annie Lassiter: And what about men and women?
Ballard: They fall in and out of love, marry and divorce, argue over the children... what?
Annie Lassiter: I'm pleased.
Ballard: Why?
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Soundtracks

This Time I Know
Music by Allan Zavod & Bobby Martin (as Robert Martin)
Lyrics by Bobby Martin (as Robert Martin)
Produced by Allan Zavod
Sung by Angry Anderson
Courtesy of Mushroom Records
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Okay, but nothing close to Star Wars
27 October 2001 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

Anyone who watches Time Guardian expecting it to be like Star Wars because of Carrie Fisher's presence will be disappointed. Not a totally awful film, but the plot is hard to follow and is full of holes, and some of the costumes seem ridiculous. Burlinson and Fisher travel back in time to make sure the City (which can travel through time and space) can land in the late 20th century in the outback of Australia. There, they battle both the Jen Diki (their enemies from the future) and some corrupt outback cops. The movie isn't completely bad, as there are some good battle segments, great footage of the Australian Outback, and fans of Carrie Fisher get to see her in a few good scenes. Overall, however, this is one of those films that spent too much on special effects and not enough on developing the story. It's not a hopeless film, but you quickly forget it after it's over.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,748, 6 August 1989

Gross USA:

$12,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,682
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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