- 1 hr 22 min
Deathsport is a 1978 science-fiction action thriller movie that is directed by Allan Arkush and Nicholas Niciphor. The film stars David Carradine, Claudia Jennings, and Richard Lynch in leading roles. The movie is set in the year 3000, where a post-apocalyptic society has emerged in the aftermath of a nuclear war. People are forced to live in underground cities where the law is enforced by the elite few who control the resources. The story of Deathsport revolves around the arena sport that is used to keep the population entertained and submissive. The movie begins with a montage of the wastelands, where scavengers like Kaz Oshay (David Carradine) loot and pillage to survive. In this bleak world, Kaz Oshay is a skilled warrior who is legendary for his combat skills. He is admired and feared by the people who live in the wastelands. Kaz Oshay is a freedom fighter who is determined to overthrow the corrupt government and bring freedom to the people. Kaz Oshay is captured by the evil ruler, Lord Zirpola (Richard Lynch), and is forced to participate in the arena sport called Deathsport. The sport is a gladiator-style combat, where contestants fight to the death while riding on high-tech motorcycles. The motorcycles are equipped with laser guns, blades, and other weapons that make the battles more lethal. Kaz Oshay is partnered with a woman named Deneer (Claudia Jennings), who is also a freedom fighter. Deneer is a skilled warrior, and together with Kaz Oshay, they make a formidable team. Deneer and Kaz Oshay have a complicated relationship as they both have different agendas, but they must work together if they want to survive the Deathsport. The story of Deathsport is a fast-paced action movie with plenty of explosions, chase scenes and violent battles. The film is infamous for its low budget and lack of special effects, but it makes up for it with impressive stunts, practical effects, and an intense soundtrack. David Carradine's performance as Kaz Oshay is one of the highlights of the movie. Known for his role in Kung Fu, Carradine brings his martial arts experience to the character of Kaz Oshay. Carradine is convincing as the legendary warrior who is tough but also has a sensitive side. He brings depth to the character of Kaz Oshay that makes the audience root for him throughout the movie. Claudia Jennings is also excellent as Deneer, and she gives a strong performance that complements Carradine's. Deneer is a character who is capable and fearless, but she is also vulnerable and conflicted. Jennings is convincing in portraying Deneer's inner turmoil, and her chemistry with Carradine adds another layer to the movie. Richard Lynch is perfect as the villain Lord Zirpola. He portrays the character as ruthless and power-hungry, but also has a touch of arrogance that makes him a worthy foe for Kaz Oshay and Deneer. His performance is one of the highlights of the movie, and he manages to elevate the character of Lord Zirpola with his acting skills. Overall, Deathsport is an entertaining movie that takes the audience on a wild ride through a post-apocalyptic world. The movie is a cult classic that has gained a following over the years, and it is easy to see why. With its mix of action, adventure, and science-fiction, Deathsport is a movie that is worth watching.