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      Zone Troopers

      PG 1985 1h 26m Sci-Fi Adventure War List
      Reviews 43% Audience Score 100+ Ratings American soldiers, led by The Sarge (Tim Thomerson), are stuck behind Nazi enemy lines. As they make their way across the Italian countryside, they come across an alien spaceship that has crash-landed in the woods. The alien pilot is dead, but one of the ship's passengers (William Paulson) is on the loose. As the GIs hunt down the alien by splitting into smaller groups, they're not only tracked by the Nazis, but also a whole host of other aliens come to save their stranded party. Read More Read Less

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      Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed While it has its flaws, it's at least original and often worth a laugh or two. Nov 30, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Charles T This sci-fi/war film is a perfect example of the word "average." This is average in every way. Tim Thomerson is the Sarge in charge of a squad during WWII in Europe. His men are ambushed and only three others survive: Timothy Van Patten, Art LaFleur, and Biff Manard. Van Patten is an aw-shuckser who reads pulp sci-fi comics. LaFleur is the tough corporal, and Manard is the combat reporter. The group knows they are behind enemy lines, but they do not know where because all of their compasses are out of whack, due to some strange happenings in the nearby forest. LaFleur and Manard are captured by the Nazis and discover an alien as their fellow prisoner. At the same time, Thomerson and Van Patten stumble upon a crashed space ship. Thomerson destroys the craft, they rescue their comrades, and the five now try to get the alien home. A group of aliens lands to get their own back, but refuse to help our soldiers, who are being chased by the Germans. The film is less than an hour and a half, but it still feels padded by about twenty minutes. The alien they find looks nothing like its rescuers, which made me think they were going to drag in a subplot about warring alien sides as well...no such luck. The four leads are immensely likable, and you find yourself cheering for them. The film makers take themselves a little too seriously, but make up for it with the cast and very good filming locations. A special mention about the special effects: they suck. The creature effects are awful, as are anything involving the aliens' weapons, which deteriorate down to weak glowing animation. The only impressive effect comes from the set department, who build a huge crashed space ship that looks big and is totally convincing. Also, listen for Richard Band's musical score, which sounds suspiciously like a few bars from the themes in "Star Wars." "Zone Troopers" is a harmless, goofy film that has a good cast and a good idea, but no way to make this really outstanding. Close, but no edible Lucky Strike cigarette (the alien eats tobacco for food), and I do not recommend this film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Great B movie fun Aliens Nazis and everything else Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/14/22 Full Review Audience Member Silly, family-friendly sci-fi film. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliant old 80s film well worth a watch Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Despite a number of flaws, Zone Troopers is a fun campy B-movie that combines aliens and war with much success. The acting and script could be better, but the film as a whole is humorous and worth watching. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Zone Troopers is a movie that I'm glad I got to watch but that's about it.Watching it once was enough for me.The entire time I was thinking I'd like to see the aliens fighting along side the Americans against the Nazis & it does happen but when it does, there's less than 10 minutes left in the movie so it was like when you wait awhile for something to happen, only to think after it's over, I wasted all this time, just for that??? The aliens lazer guns, ray guns, whatever you want to call them were weak looking.When they shot them at the Germans & the Germans vanished into thin air, it was weak as well.I don't know what I was expecting but even for a low budget movie I expected something better.Not all of the movie was bad though.There were alot of times where I either laughed out loud or chuckled.I didn't HATE Zone Troopers but I wasn't all that into it as much as I expected to be either.When I read the description I thought this movie is going to be AWESOME & after watching it, I'm just sitting here like....... It did have a 1950's Sci Fi vibe to it for a movie made in the 80's which I think was pretty cool (Maybe that's why the lazer/ray guns effects were so weak.It was done on purpose to give it that 50's Sci Fi effect.I might have to give it a 2nd look someday) Even though I wasn't all that into it, I'd recommend checking it out if you were thinking about watching it.It's worth checking out at least once Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis American soldiers, led by The Sarge (Tim Thomerson), are stuck behind Nazi enemy lines. As they make their way across the Italian countryside, they come across an alien spaceship that has crash-landed in the woods. The alien pilot is dead, but one of the ship's passengers (William Paulson) is on the loose. As the GIs hunt down the alien by splitting into smaller groups, they're not only tracked by the Nazis, but also a whole host of other aliens come to save their stranded party.
      Director
      Danny Bilson
      Producer
      Paul De Meo
      Screenwriter
      Paul De Meo, Danny Bilson
      Production Co
      Altar Productions, Empire Pictures, Charles Band Productions
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Sci-Fi, Adventure, War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 13, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 26m