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One night when I was a kid, in the mid eighties, I saw a Sci-Fi movie late night on TV. I seem to remember it had a really long name. It opened with the main character on his spaceship (which was kind of a piece of junk), drunk, and talking to his lawyer over radio about his divorce from his wife.

Later, planetside, there were lots of Mad Max-esque vehicles in the desert, some of them really big and complicated. That's about all I remember!

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    This could be Spacehunter, which would make it a duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/131192/… and a few others. – moopet Oct 13 at 14:31
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    To add to @moopet's comment, Spacehunter has the subtitle "Adventures in the Forbidden Zone", and in some versions, adds "in 3-D" though that version was probably limited to theatres. In any case, that would account for your memory of it having a long name. – Vanguard3000 Oct 13 at 14:57
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    While everything else from Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone does match, I dont remember him "talking to his lawyer over radio about his divorce from his wife." But it has been a long time and I may be miss remembering it. – NJohnny Oct 13 at 21:01
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    @NJohnny OP is talking about the opening scene where the main character is receiving a backlog of messages over the radio - the person reading the messages mentions that there's one from the main character's ex-wife complaining that she hasn't received a cheque in six months - but it's never suggested that the person reading the messages is the main character's lawyer. – TheBeardyMan Oct 13 at 21:45
  • @TheBeardyMan It was a long time ago - about 35 years! - so I have probably misremembered, but that sounds very promising, thanks! – drkvogel Oct 15 at 12:53
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Vanguard3000 and moopet suggest Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983). Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) also had a similarly long title.

I note that teenage Molly Ringwald was an important character in Spacehunter (1983), while the very tall Richard Moll of Night Court appeared in Metalstorm (1983).

Either movie could be the one you remember, or not.

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    Flagged as NaA—a single answer should contain just one possibility. – Stormblessed Oct 13 at 17:09
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    @Stormblessed this is an answer, in fact it’s two. It certainly isn’t NaA. Encourage the user to post it as two separate answers rather than trying to delete it. – TheLethalCarrot Oct 13 at 17:49
  • Should probably delete this answer now that it has been split below. – NJohnny Oct 17 at 5:14
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Vanguard3000 and moopet suggest Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone(1983). I note that teenage Molly Ringwald was an important character in Spacehunter (1983).

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone(1983) is a possibility.

  • Spacehunter, as I remember it, definitely matches some of the OPs description. I remember it starting out on a junky old space ship, and much of the rest was on a planet. – Donald.McLean Oct 14 at 17:05
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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) was from the early 1980s and had a long title.

I note that the very tall Richard Moll of Night Court appeared in Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983).

Thus Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) might possibly be the remembered movie.

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