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'There's a lot more to love than hot-wiring'

Cherry2000 TODAY'S RETRO-REVIEW: 1987's "Cherry 2000," a sci-fi action flick starring a young Melanie Griffith and David Andrews ("A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Apollo 13" and "Fight Club"). Directed by Steve De Jarnatt ("Miracle Mile") and written by Michael Almereyda ("Twister").

THE PLOT: in the year 2017, A yuppie (Andrews) breaks his sex robot and must hire a tracker (Griffith) to help him navigate a Mad Max futuristic wasteland in search of a replacement robot -- the elusive "Cherry 2000." (Not to be confused with 1983's "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone," with Molly Ringwald as the tracker.)

THE MUSIC: The original score was written by Basil Poledouris ("Conan the Barbarian," "Hunt for Red October"). Rumor has it that only 1,500 copies were made of the soundtrack, driving up the price for a single copy to $2,500 on eBay.

MAYBE YOU REMEMBER: The movie features bit cameos by Laurence Fishburne and western-movie legend Ben Johnson.

Cherry2k1 SURELY YOU CAN'T FORGET: Clad in pastel shirts and checkered pants, the villainous tribe in "Zone 7" -- led by B-movie god Tim Thomerson ("Trancers," "Iron Eagle") -- dances the Hokey Pokey in celebration after executing trespassers.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID: "Low production values can't dampen the quirky humor and interesting premise of this enjoyable B movie, which re-imagines 'Blade Runner' as a Roger Corman Western."

WHY WE LOVE IT: Melanie Griffith looks better in this movie than other any of her career. Yeah, including "Body Double" and "Working Girl." And despite the fact that there's almost no nudity -- in a movie called "Cherry 2000"?!? -- it's still sexy B-movie fun.


5. "You can just go s--t in your hat."

4. "You get one of these fired up, it's like slamming an octopus."

3. "There's a lot more to love than hot-wiring."

2, "Romance? We are talking about with a robot, right?"

1. "They got that damn plane working ... go get the macaroni and cheese!"

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:32pm]


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