They Were Eleven

Movie (1 ep x 91 min)
3.779 of 5 from 500 votes
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Tada is a young man on the fast track to the Cosmo Academy -- a school which only accepts applicants every three years, and whose entrance rate is under 1%. Having passed all the prior exams, the final test is drawing near: survive for 53 days aboard a derelict spaceship with only 9 other would-be cadets to assist you. But much to the dismay of Tada and his peers, their ship has acquired an eleventh member! Can the crew band together to survive the test? Or will sabotage simply destroy them from within...

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valondar's avatar by valondar on Jan 21, 2009
Score: 7.8/10

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It's a time-honoured dramatic device to the point it's become clichéd: trap some strangers alone and see what happens. If they have reason to distrust someone - but they're not sure who - all the better. That they're students with their futures on the line is also good. Naturally, there's also some plot twists - and since it's set in space, some standard sci-fi... read more

quamp's avatar by quamp on Nov 26, 2014
Score: 8/10

Why has this plotline, taking a bunch of people and putting them in a survival situation, gotten so cliche? Well, it's because of stories like They Were Eleven. You have to remember this film was released in 1986, before this plotline became cliched. They really took the time to craft a complex melodrama featuring about five of the characters, and the rest just fell by the wayside. Suspense and tension run very... read more

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They Were Eleven 1975
Four Shoujo Stories 1996

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