Gary Nelson (born 1934 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television and film director. He has directed many well-known television series, including Gunsmoke, The Patty Duke Show, Gilligan’s Island and Happy Days among dozens of others. In addition, Nelson has directed five films, including two for Walt Disney Pictures.
In 1978, Nelson was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directoral Achievement for Washington: Behind Closed Doors.
He is still married to actress Judi Meredith and has two sons.
Nelson has semi-retired, but continues to occasionally teach at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. —Wikipedia
Disney produces a dark science-fiction film with a stellar cast and score by John Barry during the same experimental phase that led to "Tron." What I love most about the film is that it ultimately abandons any sense of logic or science for the sake of cinematic expressionism - our damaged spaceship, careening at the edge of a wormhole, is transformed into a fiery red inferno of collapsing steel and tumbling meteors
You might fill your eye-rolling quota for the month about halfway through, but for all the things it doesn't quite get right, there's a dread and bleakness to this film that's always intrigued me. & hell yes the ending is fantastic (as is Maximillian) (the robot & the beard). While it's notorious for "paying homage" to numerous sci-fi progenitors, I wish more films nowadays would return the favor.