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Deathsport (1978)

In the year 3000, a thousand years after the Great Neutron Wars have decimated the planet, Lord Zirpola (David McLean), the dictator of Helix City, captures Kaz Oshay (David Carradine) and Deneer (Claudia Jennings), two ‘Range Guides’ – nomads with mystical powers who fight for good in the desert wastelands against cave-dwelling cannibal mutants.

Zirpola forces them to be combatants in his Deathsport – a gladiatorial arena where people fight to the death on motorcycles.

Kaz, Deneer and several others make an escape on the motorcycles and Zirpola’s right-hand man, Ankar Moor (Richard Lynch) – a former Range Guide himself – who pursues them as they try to make their way across the desert to freedom.

It’s a very cheap production with the same motorbike stunts and explosions repeated several times over and a single (obvious) matte painting of a futuristic city background used repeatedly.

Kaz Oshay 
David Carradine
Claudia Jennings
Ankar Moor
Richard Lynch
Dr Karl
William Smithers
Marcus Karl
Will Walker
Lord Zirpola
David McLean
Jesse Vint
H.B. Haggerty
Tritan President
John Himes
Mr Bakkar
Peter Hooper
Brenda Venus

Allan Arkush
Nicholas Niciphor