Cherry 2000 (1987) Flame Haired Melanie in Sex Doll Dystopian Cult Road Trip Movie

Cherry 2000 (1987) Melanie Griffith David Andrews science fiction cult movie poster

Day 7 Cherry 2000 from 1987

Tagline –In the future when the perfect woman short circuits, sex will be an adventure.

Who’s our hero today?
Flamed hair Working Girl Melanie Griffith plays Edith “E” Johnson

Had I seen this one on VHS back in the day?
The maximum video’s our store would let you rent at one time was three. Which to be honest was probably a good thing. You’d struggle watching more in the one night turn round. I’d most probably picked Cherry 2000 up with a couple of others. Maybe it was the last one I watched at night? Maybe I was drunk? Very possible, actually extremely likely. Whatever the reason I remember not being that fussed about this film…. Flash forward 33 years, was it a different watching experience?

Quick plot run down.
A young businessman is in love with his sex doll. The very expensive but now defunct Cherry 2000 model. In a night of wild passion his beloved blew an unfixable fuse. Triggering the need to find another Cherry 2000 unit to put his chip in! “Ooo matron“. The units are rare. The only place one might be is the android graveyard in Zone 7. Having to cross through many deadly forbidden zones. He’s gonna need a tracker to guide him.

Cherry 2000 (1987) Melanie Griffith tough and sexy hero cult sci fi movie

Does the hero have a day job?
Edith “E” Johnson is a tough wild west style tracker sitting ready to take on a mission for a worthy fee.

What’s our heroes special skills?
Daredevil stunt woman, crack shot, completely fearless and hair as burning red as the fires of Hades.

Heroes weapon of choice?
Everything! from Beretta, Colt and Smith & Wesson sidearms. To Uzi’s, shotguns and a crazy looking Ruger Mini-14 with suppressor. Not to mention the rocket launchers etc. The IMDB of firearms has a whole page dedicated to Cherry 2000 here.

Heroes drink of choice?
Maybe a cup of tea. Her sidekick does treat himself to a rum.

Cherry 2000 (1987) Sam Treadwell (David Andrews) drinking rum salon bar western sci-fi

Does hero have a sidekick?
The man grieving the lost of his beloved love machine Cherry 2000 (Pamela Gidley) is Sam Treadwell (David Andrews). All the poor lost guy has to go on is her last recorded interaction with him. To be honest I don’t see what he see’s in her…. (whispers to myself ) “oh Mikey I so need me one of these! Mikey listen, make some phone calls when you done writing this nonsense!

Cherry 2000 –I love you Sam. I’m so lucky to be with you. Kiss me. Ah, that’s nice. What do you want me to do? Okay, move closer. Mmm, yes! That feels good. Yes. Yes. Here, faster. Faster! Oh, is that your hand? Let me help you with that. Ah, I like that. Move faster, faster, faster. Yes!

Hot girl? Damsel in distress or ass kicker?
Lets drop the damsel in distress in our three choices for our E Johnson, our hero. She is a hot, tough as steel, ass kicker. She ain’t scared of nothing. Always there and got your back.

Who’s the main baddie?
Imagine Harrison Ford and George Hardy from Troll 2 had a baby. Out would pop, kicking and punching, cult legend Tim Thomerson. He plays Lester, the leader of Sky Ranch zone. A sort of 1950s inspired motel in the middle of the desert with swimming pool, palm trees, blue domes and bee’s! Tim Thomerson has been featured a few times on my blog with sci-fi time cop Trancers (1984), Dad fighting vampires in Near Dark (1987) and as a mini Dirty Harry in Dollman (1991)

Baddies special skills?
Big smile, crack shot with a pistol, rifle and a crossbow. Manages to keep eating sandwiches constantly supplied to him by his girlfriend Ginger (Cameron Milzer)

Cherry 2000 (1987) cult movie legend Tim Thomerson Lester sci-fi

Psycho baddies rating out of ten? 7.5/10
He’s comically crazy, murderously deadly but I reckon if you got on the right side of him you’d have a good laugh with a few brewski’s.

Heroes balls of steel and anger ratings out of ten? 9/10
She might be softly spoken and is way too sweet to get angry. However under that nice demeanor is a valiant, fearless and plucky warrior. It’s all just another day at the office for this tracker. Sam asks her after the most impossibly overblown but brilliant way to get a car over a river. “Do you always work this way?“…. “Yeah but it’s never been this easy“.

Surely it features a training montage scene?
Nooooooooooo! Dagnabbit!

Does it feature an impossible mission?
Just the river crossing itself is impossible but hey we got cool E on the case.

Does the hero get a chance to show off their muscles?
Almost, see below.

Will I be needing to pause the video player? AKA are there any boobies?
Strangely for a b-movie with a story centered around the sex dolls industry there is a real lack of, let’s say visuals. Apart from a slight James Bond inspired opening credit scene and then some Melanie Mams shadow puppets on a wall. (Stunt shadow double? or the real MelCoy?) To be honest this is not much more than a PG 13 certificate. Oh scrub that, I forgot one of the towns in the zone is called The Glory Hole!

Sex scene?
Two! Almost! One with Sam and his Cherry unit in an electrifying fully clothed soap and foam floor romp. And another, so close, right on the bonnet of a 1965 Ford Mustang. Sam and E get all saucy and something lovely nearly pops out….. then…… cock blocked by your own sexy robots voice. Disclaimer – I’m not really a perv! I’m doing it for educational and entertainment purposes. Honestly!

Cherry 2000 (1987) Melanie Griffith David Andrews 1965 Ford Mustang cult movie

Any good totally random surprise scenes?
Now can I put the whole film in this section??? Probably not but it’s visuals are nuts. It’s got a western vibe, has safari hunters, Hawaiian shirts, 50s influences and a cave base full to the brim with toaster ovens, for no reason I must add. On multiple viewings I’m sure you would find so many random objects dotted about, like a giant broken Pac-man above a bed. Oh be sure to look out, at the android chop shop, for Gort and Robbie The Robot.

However to go with one scene of pure randomness well it has to be the river crossing scene. Not only does it feature a set piece of our E Johnson climbing on the outside of the Ford Mustang as it hangs nose down from a magnetic crane arm high above a river. But just before it, E and Sam battled a zone tribe with as many different rocket launchers, bazookas, missiles, grenades as they could get their hands on. Ending with the Mustang dangling over and in a giant water reservoir pipe. It’s a truly bombastic scene and actually filmed at the Hoover Dam!. It so unique, I loved it.

Films body count? Low/Medium/High
Comes in at a medium section of body bags.

Innocent baddie death rate?
Yeah a lot of these bad guys are just simpletons and imbeciles sitting around smiling eating honey sandwiches when………. boom your peaceful little camps on fire and there’s a rocket flying towards you.

Explosion ratio? Low/Medium/High?
It goes full throttle spinning the explosion radar sky high.

How many stuntmen probably really died making this film?
Whoever did the crane, mustang hanging car stunts did a fantastic job. Hopefully it was all camera tricks and not that far off the ground. Impressive stunt work, hopefully no deaths.

Cherry 2000 (1987) Melanie Griffith plays Edith E Johnson 1965 Ford Mustang cult movie

Any cool car chases?
E’s heavily modified 1965 Ford Mustang is a suped-up beast. It’s a thing of beauty even all mashed up. Nothing much can keep up with it but they do get chased.

Best lines
Ginger – “Watch out for the bees!

Any other familiar faces and actors pop up?
There’s so many faces that I can’t do them all but here’s three great ones. Laurence Fishburne plays what they call a Glu Glu Lawyer. What I’m thinking is a sexual negotiating pimp lawyer? It’s just a cameo.
Brion James pops up too as Stacy a kind of private eye. We all know him as Leon from Blade Runner (1982).
Then there’s Ben Johnson who plays Six Fingered Jake. Now Ben plays a fantastic role as G-Man Melvin Purvis. The man determined to bring Dillinger (1973) to justice.

Production Credits
The film is directed by Steve De Jarnatt from a story by Lloyd Fonvielle and screenplay by Michael Almereyda. Steve De Jarnatt only directed one other film, which he also wrote. An obscure cult gem that I just love called Miracle Mile (1988). I’m definitely gonna be revisiting that gem again soon.

Cheese-O-Meter! Low/Medium/High?
This film is pure cheese. It takes that cheese and runs with it. It’s meant to be tongue in cheek. It’s wonderfully quirky, strange and comical. Embrace the cheese. You could get some thin cut emmental cheese and make a viewing mask looking through the holes? Just saying.

Pure amazing…….
I’ve just found this incredible YouTube video by Danny’s Diecast Disasters who only goes and custom builds E’s awesome 1965 Ford Mustang. WOW!

IMDB score rating – 5.6/10

Wolfman ACTION & FUN rating – 8.5/10

Wolfman over all film rating – 7/10

Closing thoughts………………………………………….
Cherry 2000 is a visual fest. It’s silly, stupid and it’s heart is in the right place. I loved it so much more than I did 30 odd years ago. It’s a shame the dialogue kind of lets it down. If it could of been more comic and witty in it’s screenplay rather than relying on it’s visuals, it could sit next to the likes of cult classics The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) or Rubin and Ed (1991)

Feel free to let me know your thoughts on the films if you want but please don’t feel you need to as I know it’s pretty relentless this month. However, most important, have fun with the movies.

Keep it filmy…. Mikey Wolf.

13 thoughts on “Cherry 2000 (1987) Flame Haired Melanie in Sex Doll Dystopian Cult Road Trip Movie

  1. That poster featuring Melanie with a left bicep that sported a popping vein was truly ahead of it’s 1987 time. The only female I ever remember sporting a (masculine) bicep vein back in the eighties era was Martina Navratilova and that was on the tennis court!

    And a whole town named The Glory Hole!? Oh my! Oh gosh! oh no!

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    • Miss Navratilova was scary ripped. I do remember Fatima Whitbread’s bicep vein popping out too.
      That’s so true Glen. I didn’t really take it in when I posted it but you so right. Even her boobs look muscular and they given her a six pack! Melanie is nothing like that in the film. Very funny though.
      Yep the town name is really all kinda wrong! LOL

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  2. Well, you mentioned ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai’, so your review scores points with me for that alone! Sadly, I do remember seeing this at my local video store back in the mid-80s, but I never rented it; thinking back, I can’t remember why. And all these years I’d thought Cherry 2000 was the name of the car! Ooops! Can’t have our hero making passionate love to a ’65 Mustang…OR CAN WE?

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    • I did watch Tank Girl at the time, actually saw it at the cinema but I didn’t get on with it. Seem to recall she annoyed the hell out of me BUT I’m not against going back and seeing the error of my ways. Many people have brought it up to me over the years. I was most probably wasted when I saw it too. 🙂

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