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Zone Troopers is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Danny Bilson and starring Tim Thomerson. It was filmed in Italy by Empire Pictures with Charles Band as executive producer. The original music score was composed by Richard Band.

Zone Troopers
Zone Troopers 1985 Poster.jpg
Directed byDanny Bilson
Produced byPaul De Meo
Written byDanny Bilson
Paul De Meo
StarringTim Thomerson
Timothy Van Patten
Art LaFleur
Biff Manard
Music byRichard Band
CinematographyMac Ahlberg
Edited byTed Nicolaou
Production
company
Distributed byEmpire Pictures
Release date
  • October 1, 1985 (1985-10-01)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PremiseEdit

In Italy in World War II, four members, led by their grizzled sergeant (Tim Thomerson), of an American military patrol are lost behind enemy lines. They discovers a alien spaceship that has crash-landed in the woods, along with its crew. The alien pilot is dead, and one of the aliens has been captured by the Nazis, hampering efforts of the aliens to return home. A larger Nazi unit, with scientific and medical personnel, also investigate the crash and seek to capture the alien's technology and use that to win the war. However, the aliens side with the Americans after the Nazi's actions to their crewmember.

AvailabilityEdit

The film was released on videocassette by Lightning Video in 1986. In 2005 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer issued a widescreen print of the film, which was shown on Showtime, fueling speculation that a DVD release may be possible in the near future.

The film was released on a manufactured-on-demand DVD-R by MGM as part of their Limited Edition Series on December 6, 2011.

The film was released on Region A Blu-ray on July 28, 2015 by Kino Lorber. It features a commentary track by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, an interview with Tim Thomerson, and the film's original trailer.

DevelopmentEdit

This film reunited a good number of the cast and creators of the 1985 film Trancers.

CastEdit

Tim Thomerson........ Sgt Patrick "sarge" Stone

Timothy Van Patten... Joey Verona

Art La Fleur ......... George "Mittens"" Minnensky

William Paulson....... Alien

ReceptionEdit

While TV Guide found while Thomerson does a nice job as the sergeant, the movie failed to mesh the war and science fiction genres well and it moved at a slow pace. [1] Creature Feature gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars, found that it was gentler than other Charles Band productions, saying the movie was mildly enjoyable and praised the 1940s era sound track. [2] Radio Times found the movie "witty, irreverent, time-travelling adventure also deserves cult classic status."[3] As of August 2019, the movie has a score of 42% at Rotten Tomatoes [4]

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