The Ultimate Warrior (1975)

R | 94 mins | Science fiction | 21 November 1975

Director:

Robert Clouse

Writer:

Robert Clouse

Cinematographer:

Gerald Hirschfeld

Editor:

Michael Kahn

Production Designer:

Walter Simonds
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HISTORY

       Referring to the film by its working title, The Barony, a news item in the 7 May 1974 HR announced the casting of actor Yul Brynner. A 28 May 1975 Var news item stated that the title was changed to The Ultimate Warrior.
       A 16 Sep 1974 HR news brief announced that principal photography for The Barony started on that day. Several weeks earlier, on 29 Aug 1974, LAHExam news brief reported that the film’s subway set spanned two sound stages at the Burbank Studios and was believed to be the largest indoor film set in the history of Hollywood filmmaking to that date.
       A press release found in the AMPAS library files stated that The Ultimate Warrior was filmed entirely in Los Angeles, CA.

      End credits contain the written statement: "Filmed at The Burbank Studios, Burbank, ... More Less

       Referring to the film by its working title, The Barony, a news item in the 7 May 1974 HR announced the casting of actor Yul Brynner. A 28 May 1975 Var news item stated that the title was changed to The Ultimate Warrior.
       A 16 Sep 1974 HR news brief announced that principal photography for The Barony started on that day. Several weeks earlier, on 29 Aug 1974, LAHExam news brief reported that the film’s subway set spanned two sound stages at the Burbank Studios and was believed to be the largest indoor film set in the history of Hollywood filmmaking to that date.
       A press release found in the AMPAS library files stated that The Ultimate Warrior was filmed entirely in Los Angeles, CA.

      End credits contain the written statement: "Filmed at The Burbank Studios, Burbank, California."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 1974.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 1974.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 1974
p. 14.
LAHExam
29 Aug 1974.
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Variety
28 May 1975.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Weintraub-Heller Production
A Serette, Ltd./Spellman Feature
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Asst dir
2d asst dir
Asst dir trainee
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Key grip
Gaffer
Cam op
Asst cam
2d asst cam
Stillman
Gaffer
Best boy
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dec
Const coord
Leadman
Swing gang
Prop master
Prop asst
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward man
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd eff
Sd eff
Dubbing mixer
Boom man
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec visual eff
MAKEUP
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Transportation
Scr supv
Loc coord
Prod secy
Casting
Casting
Casting
Secy to prods
Secy to prods
Accountant
AFI observer
Craft service
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Barony
Release Date:
21 November 1975
Production Date:
began 16 September 1974 in Los Angeles, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 October 1975
Copyright Number:
PA77410
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
94
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the “futuristic” year of 2012, two men capturing pigeons in the ruins of an old factory are shot and killed by Carrot, a tall redheaded man, and his gang. Carrot takes the men’s pigeons, unaware he is watched by Baron, leader of a commune that has barricaded off a few New York City blocks. Baron also spies Carson, a muscular bald man, meditating on a stoop. Realizing Carson is fighter, Baron and his men try to recruit him, offering food and cigars. Carson does not respond. When Baron’s group marches home, they are ambushed, but Carson fights off the attackers, and joins the commune. Later, Baron and Carson swap life stories and Carson explains he is traveling to a small island off North Carolina where he has family. That night, Baron talks to their principal gardener, Cal, who shows him the plague resistant seeds he has developed. However, they need adequate land to produce more. Baron tells him that Carson may know of such a place. As, Silas, a thief, raids the garden and overhears their conversation. Not far away, Melinda, Baron’s pregnant daughter, refuses to give Robert and Barrie any more powdered milk for their child because the supply is nearing depletion. Barrie insists Melinda is lying and that a bakery outside has milk, but both Robert and Melinda insist the area is too dangerous to explore. After Carson inspects the compound, he realizes they cannot defend the compound against Carrot’s gang much longer. Baron asks Carson to take Cal and Melinda to the North Carolina island so that Cal can complete his ... +


In the “futuristic” year of 2012, two men capturing pigeons in the ruins of an old factory are shot and killed by Carrot, a tall redheaded man, and his gang. Carrot takes the men’s pigeons, unaware he is watched by Baron, leader of a commune that has barricaded off a few New York City blocks. Baron also spies Carson, a muscular bald man, meditating on a stoop. Realizing Carson is fighter, Baron and his men try to recruit him, offering food and cigars. Carson does not respond. When Baron’s group marches home, they are ambushed, but Carson fights off the attackers, and joins the commune. Later, Baron and Carson swap life stories and Carson explains he is traveling to a small island off North Carolina where he has family. That night, Baron talks to their principal gardener, Cal, who shows him the plague resistant seeds he has developed. However, they need adequate land to produce more. Baron tells him that Carson may know of such a place. As, Silas, a thief, raids the garden and overhears their conversation. Not far away, Melinda, Baron’s pregnant daughter, refuses to give Robert and Barrie any more powdered milk for their child because the supply is nearing depletion. Barrie insists Melinda is lying and that a bakery outside has milk, but both Robert and Melinda insist the area is too dangerous to explore. After Carson inspects the compound, he realizes they cannot defend the compound against Carrot’s gang much longer. Baron asks Carson to take Cal and Melinda to the North Carolina island so that Cal can complete his work and save humanity. Meanwhile, Robert returns home to find his wife and child missing. Realizing Barrie has left the compound, Robert rushes to the bakery, but Barrie refuses to leave until they find the powdered milk. Before they can leave, Carrot and his men arrive, beat Robert and Barrie to death, and decide to use the baby for bait. All night, the baby screams until Baron gives Carson permission to try to rescue it, but when Carson arrives at the bakery, the child is dead. Carrot’s men surround him, but Carson kills three of them, climbs up a ventilator shaft to the roof and escapes. Fearing that Carrot realizes how weak the compound is, Baron tells Carson he must leave soon. He shows Carson blueprints for the subway system, but their meeting is interrupted by a report of fighting in the storage hut. Silas, the tomato thief, accused the supply master of hording stores. When Baron tells Silas he should have come to him with his suspicions, Silas also accuses Baron of stealing food, and Baron slaps him. That night, Silas uses one of his stolen tomatoes to frame the supply master. The next day, Baron orders the supply master exiled from the compound. They bind him and thrust him outside where he is stabbed to death and stripped of his clothes. Later, Carrot’s men raid the compound garden. Cal discovers them and a fight ensues, but the thieves hurl Cal off the building to his death. Carson arrives and counterattacks, killing all but a few of the thieves, who escape. The next day, Melinda confesses to Baron that Cal was the father of her child and she is not going with Carson. Baron drugs her tea, and then orders Carson to take her and the seeds. Unaware their movements are being observed, Baron leads Carson into a dry cleaning shop with a trap door to the subway. Carson enters the tunnels carrying the unconscious Melinda. Baron returns to his room and is confronted by an angry mob demanding to know how much food left with Melinda. Baron tries to quell the mob by promising to replant the garden, but they beat him to death with clubs. Silas rushes to Carrot’s headquarters, hoping to use this information to purchase his way into Carrot’s gang. Instead, Carrot tortures the information out of him about the seeds and Carson’s escape route. Carrot then sends three men to track and kill Carson. In the tunnels, Melinda wakes and screams, alerting the trackers to their presence. Two men attack Carson, while the third runs to report to Carrot. Carson kills one man and the other flees. Melinda apologizes for screaming and promises Carson she will not scream again. As Carson and Melinda rest in a train station, another of Carrot’s scouts attacks. Carson kills him, but the trauma triggers Melinda’s labor. Carson finds an old subway car for her to give birth and tells her to scream if she must, but she tells him she made a promise and she is keeping it. In complete silence, she delivers the child. The infant’s first cry alerts Carrot and his men and they converge on the subway car. Carson kills three of them and throws a fourth down a ventilation shaft full of rats. The rest run away, leaving Carrot to face Carson alone. Carrot attacks with a flail and disarms Carson, but Carson knocks Carrot into the airshaft. Carrot, dangles in midair hanging from a rope, screaming that Carson is going to fall with him. Unable to unwind the rope, Carson grabs a hatchet and cuts off his own hand. Carrot dies in the fall and is consumed by rats. A bleeding Carson crawls to a fallen torch and cauterizes his bloody stump. A one-handed Carson, Melinda and her son, continue their journey to North Carolina. +

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