Cyborg 2087 (1966)

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Cyborg 2087 (1966)

Post  BoG on Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:56 pm

It may just be me, but the character in the poster above looks a lot like Steve Austin, a.k.a. The Six Million Dollar Man.
Coincidence? In time travel and sci-fi, there may be no such thing as coincidence. Idea

The bigger question, however, is how much of an influence this little film may have been on James Cameron and his film, The Terminator (1984). Consider: the plot of Cyborg 2087 involves a cyborg (Rennie) going back in time from year 2087 to 1966, to eliminate a scientist (Eduard Franz), thereby changing the course of history so that a bleak future will not happen (this future doesn't look that bleak, based on the painting that starts off the film). Rennie's cyborg is followed by a couple of 'Tracers' - also cyborgs from the future. The conclusion features a big battle between two cyborgs (mostly just a fistfight, in a old western town setting! Surprised ).
OK, it's not an exact duplicate of Cameron's Terminator films, but there are distinct similarities. Harlan Ellison sued the makers of The Terminator due to similarities to the Outer Limits episode "Soldier"; however, it's beginning to look like Cameron drew from multiple sources for his vision.


Cyborg 2087 is low budget - fancy wrist gizmos, for example, are just cheap dimestore compasses. But, there is enough innovation and plot turns to make it mildy interesting, similar to another low budget sci-fi pic of the time, The Time Travelers (1964). Rennie, in his mid-fifties at the time, was probably a bit too old for the role, despite being slim and in good shape; the makers got him for his name - The Day the Earth Stood Still actor and all that. Wendell Corey plays the local sheriff. BoG's Score: 5 out of 10

Cyborg Trivia: early role for Adam Roarke as a deputy and John Beck in his first movie role as a college guy. Jo Ann Pflug also appears in the first scene, in the future, as a feisty lady who sends Rennie on his way. Cameo by Byron Morrow. Star Trek TOS actor alert: Karen Steele, the heroine, appeared in Mudd's Women, while Warren Stevens, playing a heroic doctor, was in By Any Other Name.


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