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City Limits

Elements of City Limits fit it into the category of the post-holocaust pic, but the historical disaster is a plague which has wiped out an older generation. The young survive in a condition of controlled anarchy and resist attempts to impose a centralized government.

With:
Darrell Larson John Stockwell Kim Cattrall Rae Dawn Chong Robby Benson James Earl Jones

Elements of City Limits fit it into the category of the post-holocaust pic, but the historical disaster is a plague which has wiped out an older generation. The young survive in a condition of controlled anarchy and resist attempts to impose a centralized government.

Most successful aspect of the film [based on a story by James Reigle and Aaron Lipstadt] is its depiction of a tribal lifestyle regulated according to rules learned from comic strips. Two gangs of bikers, the Clippers and the DAs, have divided up the city and live under a truce. Infractions of their pact are regulated with competitive jousting or acts of reciprocal revenge. The dead are cremated with their vehicles like Vikings in their boats. The two groups may unite against outside threats.

Less convincing is the portrayal, with allusions to Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis, of the totalitarian-inclined Sunya Corp., which attempts to take over the city with the initial cooperation of the DAs.

Film features an ace ensemble cast. Action scenes are well-executed and there’s a vibrant score.

City Limits

Production: Sho/Videoform. Director Aaron Lipstadt; Producer Rupert Harvey, Barry Opper; Screenplay Don Opper; Camera Timothy Suhrstedt; Editor Robert Kizer; Music John Lurie;; Art Director Cyd Smilie

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Darrell Larson John Stockwell Kim Cattrall Rae Dawn Chong Robby Benson James Earl Jones

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