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Film: Space Truckers
Space Truckers is a 1996 film by Stuart Gorton starring Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar and Charles Dance.

It is also a sci-fi comedy involving Square Pigs, Truckers IN SPACE!, Killer Robot Cyborgs, and a Corrupt Corporate Executive upgrading to President Evil.

Either way your milage may vary as to whether or not it is So Bad, It's Good or So Bad It's Horrible (or if it's actually okay).

Not to be confused with Space Cowboys.


Tropes:

  • Classically Trained Extra: Charles Dance sacrificed his dignity to play a cyborg space pirate with a chainsaw-like motorised penis (complete with rip cord).
  • Danger Room Cold Open: With a very dark twist: The attack on the base with the Big Bad and Mad Scientist in it at the start was just a demonstration of the Cyborg's combat power. But it wasn't a simulation. They really did let the Cyborg slaughter dozens of their own Mooks, in highly gruesome ways, as part of the test.
  • Diner Brawl: Takes place in the greasy spoon below
  • Greasy Spoon: That floats in space with a spinning donut shape to keep gravity going, a la 2001(along with the white colourscheme). Keeping with the trend of mixing truckers and trucker culture with sci-fi.
  • Karmic Jackpot?: The Big Bad gives the heroes a Briefcase Full of Money and the paperwork for a new rig (on the launch pad and ready to go). Of course, this is the same guy who turned the creations of the Mad Scientist against him, so the audience knows something is up. The heroes fight about keeping really dirty money for a job they didn't actually do...
    John Canyon: You two don't get it do you? If you don't take this money and shut up about what happened, they're gonna come after you and you'll disappear! Now, you got to take it!
    Mike Pucci: We "got" to take the money. We "got" to take this, and become company butt boys for the rest of our lives.
    John Canyon: I want to make sure that you understand the facts.
    Mike Pucci: You're gonna take it, John? Are you going to take it?
    John Canyon: No! But I don't want you to end up like me!
    Mike Pucci: God forbid. (throws case out window)
    Saggs: (presses button to detonate case just as case hits limo)
    Briefcase: BOOM
    Heroes: (look out window)
    Mike Pucci: Somebody fragged Scrags.
    John Canyon: You know, I think it was us!
  • Killer Robot: The "cyborgs" with Energy Weapons for heads Blades Below The Shoulder (in sword, claw, and scissor configurations) and Abnormal Limb Rotation Range allowing them to rotate their neck and compress into a disturbing travel form.
  • Mega Corp.: Scrags has enough money and influence to buy out the entire Earth government.
  • Mega-Maw Maneuver: The pirate spaceship has a giant maw that swallows smaller ships.
  • Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness: surprisingly hard. No artificial gravity except for magnetic boots and rotating space stations; space suits are in common use; there is no Faster-Than-Light Travel at all (the entire movie takes place within Earth's solar system), and even in the late 22nd century, spacecraft are still launched into space using booster rockets. Everyone freaks out when someone pulls a gun inside a pressurized space vehicle; on the other hand, what Hollywood Science there is is mostly played for laughs and one-off gags.
  • One Nation Under Copyright: The Big Bad ends up buying out the Earth government and privatizing it with him as the new President of Earth.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    Scrags: If I could, I'd promote you on the spot. But I'm afraid all this has to be deniable. Which means you have to be deniable.
  • Space Pirate: The protagonists go "off-road" in order to avoid being stopped by the authorities but end up getting captured by a giant pirate ship, which literally swallows them. These pirates were complete with cybernetic false limbs and a skull-and-crossbones flag.
  • Used Future: very much so.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: The Mad Scientist that created the killer robots was betrayed by turning his creations against him. Fortunately he was able to rebuild himself, turning into a grotesque mish-mash of man and machine, later taking up a new life as a pirate.


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