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Population: 1 (1986)

| Fantasy, Music, Musical
After the nuclear annihilation of the planet, the last member of a small society of survivors finds himself trapped in an underground control room, where he recounts the history of his world through musical numbers.

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Rene Daalder

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Rene Daalder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomata Du Plenty Tomata Du Plenty ... (as Tomata DuPlenty)
Dino Lee Dino Lee ... (as Dino Lee Bird)
Helen Heaven Helen Heaven
Sheela Edwards Sheela Edwards
Nancye Ferguson Nancye Ferguson
Holly Small Holly Small
Jane Gaskill Jane Gaskill
El Duce
Tony Baldwin Tony Baldwin
Gorilla Rose Gorilla Rose
Tequila Mockingbird Tequila Mockingbird
Anthony-James Ryan Anthony-James Ryan ... (as A. James Ryan)
Mike Doud Mike Doud
Steve Berlin Steve Berlin
David Campbell
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After the nuclear annihilation of the planet, the last member of a small society of survivors finds himself trapped in an underground control room, where he recounts the history of his world through musical numbers.

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USA

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English

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Associate Producer and Film Editor Carel Struycken, appears uncredited in several scenes as a dancer in the crowd, and carrying Penelope Houston up a flight of stairs. Carel may be best known as The Giant that appears in Agent Dale Cooper's dreams in the TV series Twin Peaks. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Bigger Than Life
Music by Daniel Schwartz
Lyrics by Rene Daalder
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Worth a watch if your curious about it/interested in it through the Screamers...
24 February 2016 | by mileshoyleSee all my reviews

I'm a huge music connoisseur/music enthusiast of all types of music and genres-- especially punk/no wave stuff--- hence how I found out about this film because of Tomata Du Plenty/his involvement in the L.A. punk scene/him being the vocalist for somewhat-rare and "unrecorded" band the Screamers, who quite possibly are one of the earliest synth-punk outfits.

There is one other review on here already for this-- I'd say he got the story part right/very accurate description and IMDb has a very on-point/accurate description of the plot as well--- so I'm just gonna' touch on the factors I feel weren't quite hit on yet: 1. The story is amusing and different-- it's this very odd apocalyptic musical based in punk & no wave (the music isn't a million miles away from the Screamers, but it's definitely not the same either)-- but in my opinion, the film does feel extremely dated (which isn't necessarily bad, but that depends on your taste--- it's dated like the way the movie Weird Science is dated--- it screams hey this is the 1980's, so if you can deal with that--- then this is not a deal breaker).

2. The music itself--- it's surprisingly pretty cool that the music really did click well with the format of being a musical/not your typical musical-kinda music (big band swing, Broadway sorta stuff)-- it actually pulls through very well in that aspect. However, it simply doesn't touch the Screamers material either (which is what drew me towards wanting to see the film, and I imagine what would cause most people to ever find out about it now as it was never well-known to begin with, and the Screamers have slightly re-surfaced in various interviews (such as one with Jello Biafra who stated that they were the, "perhaps best unrecorded band ever")-- though one should note, they never had a proper studio recording, bootlegs/demo recordings that are clear enough exist/hence how I or anyone else interested in this ever heard the Screamers to be further intrigued into this movie-- books like, "We've Got the Neutron Bomb" and other books on L.A. Punk and bands from that period/in L.A. mention them, etc.

3. It's not a mind-blower-- but it's definitely an interesting art-film project-- a neat collaboration of original music and film-- I can only imagine in the 1980's how difficult an off-the-wall punk-sorta musical of this nature would've been to pull off/it must be very low-budget, I don't imagine people we're lining up to help the guy-- so sure albeit some parts are cheesy and dated, you gotta' give the guy credit for being truly original and pulling off a project like this.

Overall, if your into L.A. punk and interested in the Screamers music-- this is neat little part of that chapter and worth watching. If your not into L.A. punk/the Screamers--- and if your not into very sorta avant-garde obscure musicals either-- then I'm guessing it might not be for you. I give it 5 or 6 out of 10 stars.


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