Lost in Space

April 3rd, 1998


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The Robinson family was going into space to fight for a chance for humanity. Now they are fighting to live long enough to find a way home.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 4.8/10 (38,019 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Stars: Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc

In the year 2058, the Earth will soon be uninhabitable after the irreversible effects of pollution and global warming! Professor John Robinson, lead scientist of the Jupiter 2 Mission, will lead his family to the habitable planet Alpha Prime to prep it for colonization. The Jupiter 2 is equipped with a hyperdrive that allows faster-than-light travel, which will eventually be employed to evacuate the citizens of Earth. However hypergates must be constructed on Earth and Alpha Prime to provide stable points of departure and arrival. Dr. Zachary Smith is bribed by a terrorist organization to sabotage the mission, and ends up an unwilling stowaway as the ship blasts off.

Writers: Irwin Allen, Akiva Goldsman

Gary Oldman - Dr. Zachary Smith / Spider Smith
William Hurt - Prof. John Robinson
Matt LeBlanc - Maj. Don West
Mimi Rogers - Dr. Maureen Robinson
Heather Graham - Dr. Judy Robinson
Lacey Chabert - Penny Robinson
Jack Johnson - Will Robinson
Jared Harris - Older Will Robinson
Mark Goddard - General
Lennie James - Jeb Walker
Marta Kristen - Reporter #1
June Lockhart - Principal Cartwright
Edward Fox - Businessman
Adam Sims - Lab Technician
Angela Cartwright - Reporter #2

Taglines: An adventure like nothing on Earth

Release Date: 3 April 1998

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,154,919 (USA) (5 April 1998) (3306 Screens)

Gross: $136,159,423 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The television series Lost in Space was set in the future of 1997 - the year the film began production.

Continuity: After Penny opens the package containing the ladder she escapes with, she stands up. The package is in her left hand by her knees, and her right hand is down at her side. In the next shot, she's cradling the package in her right hand up at her waist.

[Major West arms the Proteus' reactor to explode, to kill the Space Spiders]
John Robinson: What are you doing?
Major West: You never leave an enemy stronghold intact.
John Robinson: Major, stop.
Major West: One of your father's first rules of engagement.
John Robinson: That's a direct order.
Major West: I hate spiders.

User Review

A Near Miss


Frankly, I don't think this movie is as bad as some people make it out to be. I like the early episodes of the original series (particulary the first six), when the show had a more serious tone (and before Jonathan Harris sabotaged it by turning up the comic antics as Dr. Smith) and it's nice to see the film stay closer to that serious tone and not emulate the more campy aspects of the series from its later episodes. The cast is good for the most part and I love the visual FX.

However, once the Jupiter 2 crashes on the planet and we get caught up in the time travel older Will Robinson bit, that's when the movie falls apart completely. And the biggest mistake of all is that the older Will Robinson is not played by original Will Robinson, Bill Mumy, even though he badly wanted to play the part. Having listened to the comments of the director on why he didn't cast Mumy on the DVD, I have to say his explanation doesn't wash. Especially when both he and the scriptwriter concede that the device of using the "older Will Robinson" didn't work on the screen as it did in writing. It never occurs to them that maybe the scene would have worked if this new character sprung on us was someone with a definable connection to the old show.