Help me identify this cheesy sci-fi movie from the 70's or 80's!
April 12, 2011 9:56 AM   Subscribe

I've been trying to identify this movie for years with no luck. This is one of those strange movie memories where you just have little snapshots in your mind. I've Googled my brains out (er... you know what I mean) and I just come up empty. Help!

Okay, so this was a movie I saw on cable back in the late 80's or early 90's. It was probably made in the 70's or early 80's I'm guessing. I know this is a bit disjointed, so forgive me. The basic plot is that a man (or maybe more than one) traveled into either the past or future to find that women had enslaved men. The society was more-or-less stone aged (post-apocalyptic?). They may have flown a spaceship through a wormhole and crashed on the planet or something like that, I'm not sure. It was filmed in a desert environment. The men were kept either confined or chained up and were only let out to perform slave labor, which included "servicing" the ladies for reproductive purposes (poor bastards! ;-). That's about all I can remember.

posted by jluce50 to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: I should add that I wouldn't rule out that it may have been made in the 60's. I was young enough that I don't trust my ability to know the difference...
posted by jluce50 at 9:58 AM on April 12, 2011

Probably not it, but, Perils of Gwendoline?
posted by smcameron at 10:03 AM on April 12, 2011

Is it America 3000?
posted by ATX Peanut at 10:09 AM on April 12, 2011

A Boy and His Dog? the setting is post apocalyptic where women in general are scarce but the "Boy" comes across a facility where numerous women live but men are discarded after their sperm has been collected.
posted by tar0tgr1 at 10:09 AM on April 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Prehistoric Women
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

There's another called Women of the Prehistoric Women, but I can't find anything about it...

In any case, these sound good enough to watch!
posted by Senza Volto at 10:12 AM on April 12, 2011

Best answer: The John Saxon classic "Planet Earth"?
posted by benito.strauss at 10:13 AM on April 12, 2011

A longshot, probably, but: Zardoz?
posted by mumblingmynah at 10:18 AM on April 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Amazon Women on the Moon?
posted by citywolf at 10:30 AM on April 12, 2011

I suggested "Planet Earth" because I too have nebulous memories from the 70s of that film, and they fit your general description. If it helps, I have two more specific memories of that movie:
  • Men were called 'dinks'.
  • The escape sequence at the end involved a guy on a horse making a dramatic jump.
[Why do I remember this, and not my new telephone number?]
posted by benito.strauss at 10:36 AM on April 12, 2011

I think I remember watching the same movie, and it's not Gwendoline or A Boy and His Dog or Prehistoric Women or Zardoz or Amazon Women on the Moon.

Planet Earth looks like it could be it though, especially with the Roddenberry connection, because I do vaguely remember it had some Trekkian links.
posted by kmz at 10:48 AM on April 12, 2011

Here you go: Sexmission.
posted by VikingSword at 10:49 AM on April 12, 2011

It's highly unlikely, but as long as I'm in the thread....Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death?
posted by bartleby at 11:02 AM on April 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Hmm, Planet Earth appears to be the front-runner at this point! Cool! Unfortunately, it's not available on Netflix so I'm not sure how I can confirm. Damn!

Whether or not I ever find it, it looks like I'll have some fun trying!
posted by jluce50 at 12:11 PM on April 12, 2011

I happen to own both Prehistoric Women AND Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (I got them at the supermarket on one disk for like $2! Can you believe the bargains? It's almost as if people thought they were really terrible.) and I don't think it's either of those. For one thing, even to a child's 1970s eyes, those movies are old, really old: 1950s black and white with the kind of special effects that you just can't get for $5 anymore. For another, I also have a vague memory of the same movie you're looking for and it was definitely in color.
posted by mygothlaundry at 12:19 PM on April 12, 2011

Best answer: Planet Earth is on youtube, starting here. If that gets taken down, make sure you search for "1974 Planet Earth" to avoid all the nature shows.
posted by jamaro at 12:32 PM on April 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: @jamaro: Sweetness! Thanks!
posted by jluce50 at 1:43 PM on April 12, 2011

Response by poster: Okay, I skimmed through Planet Earth on youtube and, while there are plenty of similarities, I don't think that was it.

This may betray my youthful state of mind when I originally saw it, but I remember a scene where a man was brought into a room with a hood over his head, tied to a bed, and "taken advantage of" by one of the females. This was how the "servicing" took place. There was no nudity that I remember and I'm pretty sure it was on a standard cable channel, so this wasn't some kind of porno or anything.
posted by jluce50 at 9:37 AM on April 13, 2011

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