Format: MST3K on YouTube (keep circulating the tapes?)
Director: Someone, I'm sure
In my quest to catch the entirety of the Kim Cattrall filmography without it becoming a thing, I finally got around to the episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (S5:E3) in which Joel and the Bots watch the 1984 sci-fi opus City Limits.
You will guess from the fact it is not just an episode of MST3K, but from observing that a 1984 movie made its way to MST3K in 8 years that maybe this was not a movie that was in high demand, perhaps due to the fact it's a low-budget mess of a movie.
Weirdly, the movie features a number of known humans, begging the question: what was happening in 1984 for each of these people?
The movie features:
- James Earl Jones
- Rae Dawn Chong (on the poster above)
- John Stockwell (the guy from Christine and Top Gun)
- Dean Devlin for some reason
- John Diehl (many things, including Miami Vice)
- and, of course, Kim Cattrall
- And Robby Benson who was in stuff I've never actually seen
It feels like the movie happened to be a way station for actors on their way up or down. I won't guess further as to whom was heading up or down, but you can do the math. It's mostly weird to watch yet another 1980's no-budget post-apocalyptic movie but you actually recognize half the cast.
Anyway - I won't even really get into what it is or is about. Because Jamie and I had to piece together what was happening in a pause-the-movie moment about 2/3rds of the way through.
This movie is now famous mostly for spawning the Kim Cattrall bit on MST3K as someone on staff (I assume Trace Beauliue) was clearly a fellow appreciator of the actor.
It does help if you've seen Mannequin. I mean, not just to appreciate the sketch, but in life in general.