Lost in Space

April 3, 1998 0 By Fans
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Plot

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

Storyline
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

Cast:

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

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

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

Goofs:

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.

Quotes:

[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

Rating:

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.