Gymkata (1985)

Nomination Year: 2002
SYNOPSIS:  Jonathan Cabot (Kurt Thomas) is a world-class gymnast. His father disappeared into the country of Parmistan many years ago. Now it's been decided that the country is the perfect site for a "Star Wars" base.

However, the only way The Khan will ever allow a base to be built is if it is requested by the victor of The Game (the national bloodsport).

Kurt has to combine his gymnastics with ... um ... well, he utilizes his gymnastics to compete in The Game.

Most Ludicrous Premise

The Game and Star Wars
See, there's this country. And it would be perfect for a satellite installation as part of the "Star Wars" missile defense initiative.

And there's this bloodsport they have called The Game. And nobody's won in hundreds of years.

And would you mind competing in this The Game so we can put a base there? Thanks. Means a lot to Uncle Sam.

Smithee Award Winner!MegaMetaSmithee Award Winner! "Alas, Poor Yorick"

Being a Gemini, I Never Know What To Expect
"Anti-American sentiment has been running a little high..." ssssthunk, arrow through the head.

"WHAT?!"

Gosh, That's Convenient!
Being chased through town by an angry mob, our hero emerges into the town square -- which happens to be equipped with a pommel horse!

Using his Savage Gymnastic Skills, with the assistance of the pommel horse, he beats back the townsfolk and escapes.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Kurt Thomas Could've been an Olympic gymnastic medalist...if President Carter hadn't boycotted the '80 games in Moscow. 
Tetchie Agbayani  
Richard Norton Martial Artist 
Buck Kartalian "Dynamite" in Cool Hand Luke and "Julius" in Planet of the Apes 
John Barrett  
Director Claim to Fame
Robert Clouse Directed Enter the Dragon and Black Belt Jones 

Kevin Hogan

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