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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2017, 01:55:23 AM »

This was another VHS-rental for my Dad and I.  Superbly bad.  Superbly.  It was a bit of a trip to see Tadashi Yamas**ta as the trainer, recognizing him from the pages of the martial arts magazines I was reading at the time.
GYMKATA is superbly bad.  Jaw droppingly superb. 

The biggest WTF moment was a toss-up between the shambling hordes of East European village retards (which turned the movie from spy-action to 70's horror), or the pommel horse that was conveniently placed in the town square.
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2017, 09:37:42 AM »

Can we all at least agree to what an awesome mullet Kurt is rockin'?

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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2017, 10:54:56 PM »

Can we all at least agree to what an awesome mullet Kurt is rockin'?



I kind of love this movie, but not that mullet. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2017, 10:58:24 PM »

This was another VHS-rental for my Dad and I.  Superbly bad.  Superbly.  It was a bit of a trip to see Tadashi Yamas**ta as the trainer, recognizing him from the pages of the martial arts magazines I was reading at the time.
GYMKATA is superbly bad.  Jaw droppingly superb. 

The biggest WTF moment was a toss-up between the shambling hordes of East European village retards (which turned the movie from spy-action to 70's horror), or the pommel horse that was conveniently placed in the town square.
And, there are sound effects from Halloween Horror albums I own... seriously, it takes a really chee zee production to use those old canned sound effects... uh... for what purpose?  To make the cheap cheaper???   Question  What a wonderful peezoscheet. 
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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2017, 11:10:05 PM »

Sound effects like this:   

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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2017, 01:18:52 AM »

It always amused me that Robert Clouse, the director of Enter The Dragon, directed GymkataTeddyR TeddyR

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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2017, 08:47:03 AM »

I recently purchased this, having never seen it before. My god, how could I have missed this.

Robert Clouse, who also did one of my favorite bad movies ever, China O'Brien!

And Richard Norton's here too! The only thing missing in this awesome film is Cynthia Rothrock!

Also, as we were watching it yesterday, I told my teenaged daughter I was buying her a red sweater just like the main characters, hahah! The look of death I received was priceless!
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2017, 08:57:05 AM »

I recently purchased this, having never seen it before. My god, how could I have missed this.

Robert Clouse, who also did one of my favorite bad movies ever, China O'Brien!

And Richard Norton's here too! The only thing missing in this awesome film is Cynthia Rothrock!

Also, as we were watching it yesterday, I told my teenaged daughter I was buying her a red sweater just like the main characters, hahah! The look of death I received was priceless!

Wait till you read Andrew's review!  TeddyR
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« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2017, 06:35:24 AM »

Thought you guys might enjoy this interview Kurt did for Bristol Bad Movie Club.
http://www.bristolbadfilmclub.co.uk/2015/01/22/interview-bristol-bad-film-club-speaks-to-kurt-thomas-star-of-gymkata/

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Q: So, how did you come to be cast in Gymkata? I know you were almost a dead-cert to go to the Moscow Olympics before the US boycotted it, so was starring in movies you seeking out an alternative or did Hollywood come to you?

A: I was actually contacted by the producer of Enter The Dragon, which, of course, starred Bruce Lee. He apparently saw me in a commercial and that’s how I ended up in the film business.

Q: So, did you have a background in martial arts at all?

A: Not at all!

Q: GYMKATA was directed by Robert Clouse, who directed Enter The Dragon, which is arguably one of the best martial arts films ever made. What was it like working with him during the shoot?

A: When we were filming, Robert Clouse, as a director, honestly seemed to be a bit past his prime [Editorial – Robert Clouse made China O’Brien five years later, so he still had some game!]. However, it was a low budget film, so as a result, there were very few retakes!

Q: As it was so low budget, was it also quite dangerous? It looks like they made you do all your own stunts…

A: I actually did every stunt, except for one – the tumble in the ally in Karabal. It’s because the surface was so wet, so a stuntman ended up doing it. I had a stuntman for the entire shoot, but we ended up only using him the one time.

Q: The fight scenes were naturally based around your impressive gymnastic abilities, but there are several scenes that appeared to be included just to underline that fact – for example, the ‘backflipping while talking to the Princess’ scene – how did those come about?

A: Yeah, from time to time, the producers would just ask me what I could do physically that would look good on film – and they simply ended up incorporating most of them into the movie.

Q: Your character John Cabot seems aware of ‘anti-American sentiment’ in Karabal, but insists on wearing red, white and blue – whose idea was this?

A: That was very random! That was a sweater that I had bought in Italy while I was there, and the producers simply said “just wear that.”

It wasn’t thought out at all!

Q: Please tell us what you remember about the infamous pommel horse scene

A: That actually took a long time to shoot. We tried doing it without pommels and it just killed my wrists! So, we then had to go get some actual pommels to get it done.

Also, the ‘town of crazies’ were actually crazy people from a local insane asylum in Yugoslavia.  We provided them with alcohol and a buffet for their time! Although the people I ended up kicking were definitely stuntmen!

Q: What are you up to these days and are you aware of Gymkata’s cult following?

A: I am very aware of the film’s cult following and love it! I now live in Dallas, where I own a gymnastics training center.

Q: When was the last time you watched Gymkata and are your pupils aware of your Hollywood past?

A: I watch it whenever it comes on at 3 or 4 in the morning, but I haven’t sat down and watched it properly for about 10 years.

Kurt Thomas, thank you very much!
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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2017, 05:15:23 PM »

I worked in a video rental store in the 1980s. The store manager (who knew nothing about movies and I am convinced the only reason she got the job is because she was pretty) thought the name of this movie was "Jim Carter."
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