Cyborg (movie)

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Cyborg is a 1989 martial arts and science fiction movie. The movie is about post-apocalyptic times.

Cast[change | change source]

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme as Gibson Rickenbacker
  • Deborah Richter as Nady Simmons
  • Vincent Klyn as Fender Tremolo
  • Dayle Haddon as Pearl Prophet
  • Alex Daniels as Marshall Strat
  • Blaise Loong as Furman Vux / Pirate / Bandit
  • Ralf Möller as Brick Bardo (as Rolf Muller)
  • Haley Peterson as Haley
  • Terrie Batson as Mary
  • Jackson 'Rock' Pinckney as Tytus / Pirate

Production[change | change source]

Cannon Films had planned to make a sequel to the 1987 He-Man movie Masters of the Universe and a live action version of 'Spider Man'. Both projects were planned to shoot at the same time by Albert Pyun.[1] Cannon, however, was in financial trouble. They had to cancel deals with both Mattel and Marvel Entertainment. Cannon had already spent $2 million on costumes and sets for both movies. They decided to write a new project to recoup the money spent on them. Then Pyun wrote the storyline for Cyborg in one weekend. The movie was shot for less than $500,000 and filmed in 23 days. It was shot entirely in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Jackson "Rock" Pinckney, who played one of Fender's pirates, lost his eye during filming when Jean-Claude Van Damme struck his eye with a prop knife. Pinckney sued Van Damme in a North Carolina court and was awarded $485,000.[2]

Violent scenes were removed from the movie to achieve an R rating rather than an X rating. That included a throat slitting and some blood and gore in the village massacre. Also removed was the death of a man Van Damme was fighting.

Reception[change | change source]

The movie got negative reviews from movie critics.[3][4] However, the movie was successful in the box office. It got back over $10 million total.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "He-Man and Spider Man Became Cyborg". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  2. "Bodybuilder Wins for Injury by Van Damme". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. "Cyborg 1989". Roger Ebert. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. "Cyborg". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  5. "Cyborg 1989". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 31, 2015.

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