Information Exchange => Reader Comments => Topic started by: Scott on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Scott on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM

I'm waiting for the musical directors cut to be wait, I'll just turn the volume down and play a Pink Floyd CD...that will be cheaper an make a lot more sense.

I saw this film ages ago and only recall the flying motercycles with any real clarity....

It would be frightening to think that this would be the future of our millitary...the blue silk bandannas would have to go.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: alan-smithee on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
My friends and I rented this hilarious cinematic turd the other night for our weekly "Bad-Movie-Night". I don't remember laughing this hard at a bad movie as I did watching Megaforce. The scene near the end where Ace Hunter takes off on his flying bike towards his getaway plane had my friend and I laughing until I couldn't hardly breathe. The worst blue screen effects that I think I've ever seen and that's saying quite a lot.


Title: Megaforce
Post by: Travis Bickle on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Has everyone overlooked the fact that MegaForce is simply a cinematic study of early 80s gay culture in America?!
I mean, c'mon, skin-type jumpsuits, powder-blue silk bandannas, hundreds of men living underground (no chicks), motorbikes that emit rainbow-coloured exhaust (!!) etc.  Hell, Ace flys a rainbow parachute for christ's sakes!!!!!!  And watch Sugar Ray Leonard (the black dude with the Walkman) closely; He is obviously tortured by his unrequited "love" for Ace.  Observe Dallas--the gay cowboy--and Ace talking about big dicks ("it was THIS long, and THIS big around!") cleverly disguised, of course, within their conversation about the snake.
MegaForce successfully introduced American homosexuality into mainstream cineplexes years before TOP GUN did the same, and for that, it should be recognized as the most influential gay film of the 1980s.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Don M on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
As well as having a 105mm cannon shell punch a hole in your aircraft is known as a "malfunction." there was the trick of changing the C130s to a DC3 in the close up shots..)But with that said I still get a kick out of this flick...)

Title: Megaforce
Post by: AlphaWoolf on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I'm ashamed to admit that I paid money to see this at the theatre when it was released.  I'm soooo sorry!  Really, I was only 16, I didn't know better!  Please forgive me for helping line Hal Needham's pockets!

I was wise enough even at that age to hate this movie, though.  This movie represents the hill-billy view of world politics.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  But I paid to see it - what does that say about me?  Argh!

P.S. - I paid to see Cannonball! too... oh the shame!

Title: Megaforce
Post by: c. n. warwick on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
ace frehleys "calling out to you"  was a re-release of the song.  if you think it's the other way around, just look at when the movie was released vs the remake of the song.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A COPY OF THIS MOVIE, OR THE SOUNDTRACK, CONTACT   THEY HAVE ALMOST EVERYTHING!  imagine if they re- made this, only dropped the PG style of the original!  that is why everyone thinks this movie is so campy.  it was made as a CHILDREN'S MOVIE!!!!  even so, the vehicles were exellently designed! in a few years, CGI will be advanced enough to recreate the original look of HUNTER (young barry bostwick) as if he were REAL!  

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Greg Scavezze on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Weren't those motorcycles the same ones used in the Battlestar Galactica movie where they discover Earth?  They both had the same coloring and they both fly!!!  I think I am seeing reused props here!!!!

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Canadaphile on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Barry Bostwick made the movie as far as I'm concerned.  That jumpsuit was so tight you could tell what religion he was.  Gold lame or not, the man was hot.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Ken Begg on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I feel I must point out that Andrew's explanation of MegaForce being A Cold War creation of the world's free nations makes too much sense.  Apparently  fearful of appearing 'jingoistic,' the filmmakers make sure we know that the Soviets are one of the founders of the group.  There is, as I recall, a stereotyped Russian member of the corps, while Soviet weaponry is included in the bay that contains, as we're told, equipment provided by MegaForce's sponsor states.

Man, this flick *really* sucks the big one.  

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Squishy on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
The scene toward the end that almost injured Andrew internally is also a vital part of the end credits experience. The eighteen or so people who actually saw this in the theatres must've scrambled to find their unhinged jaws on the sticky cineplex floor. Andrew didn't have enough room to scratch the surface of this movie's wretched, wretched awfulness. Armies fighting in gold la'me jumpsuits? "War-bikes" that emit individually colored smoke trails? Persis Khambatta? Hal Needham should've been entombed alive in concrete for this. Maybe he was.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Chadzilla on November 27, 2000, 02:23:03 PM
I cannot believe I have lived this long and not seen this movie!  Hal Needham is a GENIUS!

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Matt on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Actually, they were fighting the spread of communism.  The Russian equipment wasn't donated, it was *stolen*.  Captured by Megaforce to be researched and used against the Soviets.  Unfortunately, the real life elements in the movie that were accurate, such as soviet advisors to 3rd world nation "client states" were buried under tons of bad writing, directing and filmmaking.

As for me, I still enjoy the movie - I was 13 when it came out, and part of me still is - long live bad movies!

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Erik on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I came in hoping to find some good soundbites (I work in radio) and instead find out that the Megaforce theme song is almost identical to "Calling To You" by Ace Frehley, released on his "Frehley's Comet" album about 1986. Anyone care to comment on this or where the film might be acquired, or at least the credits list?

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Kevin Maloney on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
This movie is the very best of the worst! I have seen it something like 60 odd times since I was 5 and recently found a copy of it. This movie is a must see in that the action is cool and the vehicles bad ass and the acting misrable god I wish their was a dvd...

Title: Megaforce
Post by: British on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
If I recall correctly, at the very end, gurerra actually cheers on the Megaforce even though gurerra defeated him! What gives? If Joel Hodgson were there, he would have responded "War IS fun!"

Believe it or not, an Atari 2600 game of Megaforce existed.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Iceman56 on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Y'know, if you take this movie seriously, you'll hate it.  But, the fun is that this is a wonderful movie *not* to take seriously.  If you can keep your tongue planted firmly in cheek, and find a way to turn this movie into a high-stakes drinking game, this is an excellent movie.  I'm with Matt.  I loved this movie when I was 13, and I love it now - I'll probably be the first person in line if and when it comes out on DVD.  I only wish all the spandex-clad characters had been women!  Keep the 'splosions and cool vehicles a-comin'!

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Axle on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
After I saw this movie as a kid, I mounted bottle rockets to the sides of my bicycle.

It still gives me that feeling.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Kenny Skallari on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Dude, this movie is so funny.  My favorite scene is the sky diving training with Hunter and that hot chick.  Watch how Hunter spazes out right before he pulls his rainbow colored chute.  Also that token black guy who's really smart is f**kin hallarious, and Dallas is totally gay (what's with the Skoal shirt).  I sat down the other day and got all baked, then laughed my ass off for two hours watching this fantastical piece of magical dog s**t. Long live the greatest super hero ever! ACE HUNTER

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Willa on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I love this movie!  A blast for the past.. I just happened to be scanning the channels today and it was on... Really fun nostalgia.. and Barry was a hottie back then and not to bad now ....Don't was meant to be fun and simple...

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Swamprat on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Another of Hal Needam's excuses to film a bunch of wild assed stunts that just won't fit in any "serious" movies. Pure comic book movie. Nothing wrong with that, but it does suck big time. Barry Bostwick sticks out like a sore thumb, why was this man cast in this. Michael Beck's moron good ole boy wouldn't last ten minutes in any "elite" military force. Military Pros spot an idiot quicker than a fly spots s**t...a common Marine private from Alabama would beat this redneck lunatic to death at first sight. Feeble attempts at humor throughout, it's Hal winking at us, saying "Get it? Get it?" Yeah, we get it...and it still ain't funny. If you're fascinated with the intricate culturual delicacies of monster truck pulls, you might enjoy watching Yahoos on rocket powered motorcycles with guns and explosives. To each his own. The chick at least has hair this time, her film debut was in the first Star Trek movie...she was bald as a cueball with pointed ears...she was also a Miss India...and died real young a few years ago. She was huge in her native country...apparently no one ever sent a copy of Megaforce to India. I'm not giving away the ending but if you try to watch this piece of s**t from the beginning you'll be tempted to give up on it about halfway through. If you fast foreward and watch the last five minutes'll be hooked like a carp on a Wheatie Ball. May God help your soul for the next ninety minutes.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Joe on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Looks like we need our OWN "Megaforce" to wipe out these terrorist states today!
A seriously funny movie!

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Rob on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I had a strange infatuation with this film in the 80's when I was but barely a teen. Although I have since seen the error of my acting judgement criteria, I still find this film to be such a raw, primal (albeit chaotic and poorly directed) showing of acion, action and more action that it still draws me to watch it once a decade.

What are you doing in 2006 ?

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Big Rich on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I finaly found some others who appreciate the pure genius of this creation. My childhood consisted of repeatedly whatching this hunter and the boys kick but! The movie was rehashed in Australia recently when it was used as a backdrop for an album launch. The production designer was awe-struck when he realised somebody else knew what the movie was that was being played. You guys should include a couple more classic quotes though eg. before the last battle scene, Guerera to Hunter "Their all just numbers! Numbers", and Dallas to Zara "I've heard you make trouble makin' in the woods down right desirable".

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Matt on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Actually, the quote was "and the kind of soldier that makes bivouacing in the woods seem downright desireable".

I think the funniest (and corniest) line in the movie was when Ace says to Zara  "oh, I didn't say you could tell everything about a soldier... by looking at his chest"

The movie hearkens back to a more innocent age, if such an age really ever existed.  Viewed in the context in which is was filmed, it makes a lot more sense.  Unfortunately, to remember that context almost requires you to be over 30 years old.  The 20-somethings didn't really live through the early 80's.  Even for those mid-30's people like myself, we didn't live through Vietnam, and a lot of the 70's-80's political claptrap deals squarely with the events of the early 70's.  I understand the early 70's, but not as clearly as I would if I were 10 years older.

BTW, the executive producer of Megaforce, Raymond Chow, is responsible for many of the best martial arts movies ever made.  His production company, Golden Harvest, was also responsible for financing Cannonball Run 1 and 2.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: John Southard on August 08, 2003, 07:02:39 PM
  I saw this film at the $1.50 show the year it came out I believe about 1981. I thought it was cheesy even then. It however has always stuck with me. I remember reading an article about it in Starlog #61 I just had to see it after that. This is one of those films that fits in the so bad its good category. A few years ago imagine my delight when I found this long out-of-print gem selling for a few bucks in a used video bargain bin. Perhaps a double feature of Megaforce and Gymkata are in order in the near future.    

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Jackson Sutherland on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
One must remember 3 things.

1. MegaForce was, is and always will be intended as a satire

2. The theme song made more money than the film did.

3. Dean Cameron Rocks.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Sammy on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie is THA' s**t! Love every crappy scene! Is there to be a DVD? Oh please God! If you knock this movie then you're kinda missing the point. It was ment to be knocked...and laughed at. It rules!

Title: Megaforce
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Title: Megaforce
Post by: Steve S. on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Loved it as a 10 year old when it came out
on my birthday on June 25th, 1982. I'm currently
putting together a web-site as a tribute to this
cult classic. Just a quick note. The band
that did the theme song was 707, featuring
Tod Howarth (as we know was guitar and vocals
in Frehley's Comet, hence the remake titled
"Calling to You".

Stay tuned for site info, if yer interested.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Dante on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Kicks ass.....plain and simple.I need it on DVD now! :(


Title: Megaforce
Post by: Garrett on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I saw it when I was a kid, my friend and I thought it was the coolest movie.  I only use to watch three parts.  The three motorcycles training, the attack at night, and the attack on the tanks.  

This movie may not have a lot of substance, but it's sure fun as hell to watch.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: ben on June 01, 2004, 07:16:56 AM
This was my fav film when i was 9-10. i used to rent it from the video shop all the time. if anyones got a copy to sell that would be so cool i havent seen the film for years.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: razzle on August 04, 2005, 02:14:04 AM
I liked the movie also.The sky jumping scene could have been left out but otherwise not bad. I like the score for the movie and I was wondering if anyone has any info where I could find it.Thanks.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Steve S. on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
It has begun.

I've begun the task of posting all I have on
the site as stated in an earlier posting.

Watch for updates as well as a discussion board
to be uploaded soon.

Steve S.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: DSConroy on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
  I hate this movie! I don't just mean i dislike it, but conceived an instant and actual HATRED for this movie the first AND only time I ever saw it!
 The crime happened iin Chula Vista, California, and it was Dollar Day. I went to see it, and it seemed like hell had come to Chula Vista, every moiment just dragged on and on and on (I think of Peewees remark about a Cableknit sweater and they jsut keep Knitting and knitting and knitting...
 Anyway, It was the only movie I ever wanted to walk out on, but didn't wantt to lose my dollar (!) anyway, at the climax of the movie I was supremely rewarded!
 It was an afternoon matinee and those are usually crowded with little kids. This one was no exception. kids are usually pretty indiscrimainating, and have little point of reference as to what constitutes absolute tripe, but this movie was SO BAD that at the end when the motorcycle sprouted wings and flew up into the belly of the cargo transport plane, the little children were so outraged at how badly their intelligence had been treated that they were all jumping up on their seats yelling BOOOOOO!!!!!
 That was worth sticking around to see. All in all I give this one a rating of "Destroy every known copy of this film, and lets never hear the name Megaforce, barry Bostwick (sorry janet) or Persis Kambatta again!"

Title: Megaforce
Post by: SZH on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I don't even know where to begin praising Megaforce.  This may be the best 80's movie ever.  Incidentally, how does one 'volunteer' for a super-secret military agency?  Who do you send the resume to?

Title: Megaforce
Post by: decon on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
I had physical and mental pain watching this movie I couldn’t consume enough caffeine to keep me awake during this movie anyone else notice when The dude with the Banda and the girl are talking its like this and he puts his hands down and it looks like a penis?
Although it gave me pain I did love this movie

Title: Megaforce
Post by: SZH on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Sorry... make that a "phantom army of super-elite fighting men"

Title: Megaforce
Post by: j.m.b 7-22-2005 on July 22, 2005, 08:59:53 PM
I saw that movie when i was young if they had a bigger bugget like most movies today it would have been fantastic but it was good for its time and limited amount of money they did a good job for what they were limited with. I remade it could be done with more special fx. I would love to wright the script I have a socker of a polt!! But it would take a better cast of people to play the parts and money for the real life special fx. and time to put it together to make one hell of a movies!!!

Title: Megaforce
Post by: George on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I saw this when it first came out (the 1st day!) and it totally sucked! Hal Needham should stick to directing the "Cannonball Run" flicks. Those are great! This so-called action picture is, in the words of the great contemporary philosopher, Homer J. Simpson, "...more boring than church." I have a friend who loves this movie so much he even has the soundtrack (on vinyl). Talk about devout fans. Well, he turned me on to the TV series "Firefly" so he is not totally gone.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Fox Of Nod on April 05, 2006, 07:11:35 AM
Hey those buggy things you used to be able to find one like it in HOT WHEELES or was it MATCHBOX. They have the MGs on the sides and the laser on the back I thought it was a camera and I think it had missiles.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: Dr. Spamcake on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I laughed. I laughed. I laughed. I should have cried somewhere in there, but I was too busy laughing.

I'm glad I wasn't drinking scotch when I saw this. I imagine scotch coming out my nose would be painful.

Title: Megaforce
Post by: ACE HUNTA on June 15, 2006, 01:51:14 PM
Megaforce, a masterpiece in gold spandex. It cannot be denied.

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: Wally on January 18, 2007, 01:01:28 AM
This movie, along with Krull was one of the first films I ever saw with friends unsupervised by adults. It was one huge pile of dog vomit. We left the theatre embarrassed and angry at wasting our money. :thumbdown:

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: Torgo on January 31, 2007, 11:27:08 PM
When, oh when, is someone going to bless us loyal Megaforce fans with a special edition DVD of this wondrous example of bad-cheese filmmaking?

at the very least, give us a great anamorphic widescreen DVD of it, doesn't even have to have any extras....................

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: Sandbagger on March 27, 2008, 12:38:39 PM
I too say this flik when it came out in '82. I actually say it with my family the night befor I shipped out for basic training at Ft.Jackson. It was silly and kitchey,and thats why we say it. The origional commercials for it described the film as the next generation of superhero movie. Believe it or not, Leatherneck magazine did an article on the film, and described how a california marine reserve unit assisted on the ground, providing tanks and wheeled vehicles.Now I'm going to have to track down the video for my collection of kitchy 80's movies/ :teddyr:

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: sandbagger on March 27, 2008, 12:51:42 PM
I don't even know where to begin praising Megaforce.  This may be the best 80's movie ever.  Incidentally, how does one 'volunteer' for a super-secret military agency?  Who do you send the resume to?
They recruit you,didn't you know that? :teddyr:

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: Torgo on December 19, 2008, 11:48:37 PM
Appanretly a Dutch Region 2 DVD of Megaforce was release a little while back in Holland.   It was anamorphic widescreen apparently but it's out of print now.

I finally managed to find a seller online that was selling an import DVD of it that is an open matte transfer from a Japanese laserdisc.  It's supposed to look better than the VHS copy.  I'm just glad to be getting the movie in some form again. My VHS copy of it broke a good while back.   

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: Phaux The Fox on February 16, 2009, 12:50:42 AM

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: Torgo on February 16, 2009, 03:13:07 AM
Talk about a great movie tagline for everyone to live their lives by :   DEEDS NOT WORDS!

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: Flangepart on February 16, 2009, 05:41:23 PM
Gotta say, hard for me to watch this alone. I feel the need to share my pain...

Title: Re: Megaforce
Post by: KlagTerrow on August 18, 2009, 12:05:41 AM
The hanger scene during the tour of the Megaforce facility was filmed in a hanger at Edwards Air Force Base, I was stationed there when this was being filmed.  They painted one of our F-111 aircraft black, and in that scene Persis Khambatta (died in 1998) says "that's Russian, one of there latest top secret".  She also played "Ilea" the bald Deltan female in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  They gathered almost every aircraft Edwards AFB could provide, and put them in the Weight and Balance hanger.  You can see the white and red paint scheme on the A-7 aircraft, if you do a photo search on google for "edwards afb a-7" you can see them.  Just useless trivia about this movie.