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Nightwing (1979)

 -  Horror  -  22 June 1979 (USA)
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Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Youngman Duran
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Phillip Payne
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Anne Dillon
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Walker Chee
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Selwyn
George Clutesi ...
Abner Tasupi
Ben Piazza ...
Roger Piggott
Donald Hotton ...
John Franklin
Charles Hallahan ...
Henry
Judith Novgrod ...
Judy
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Claire Franklin
Pat Corley ...
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Charlie L. Bird ...
Beejay
Danny Zapien ...
Joe Mamoa
Peter Prouse ...
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A colony of vampire bats terrorize a small Indian community in New Mexico. Standard "Nature goes berserk" plot turns extra hokey toward the end when supernatural forces are discovered working through the bats. Written by K.L

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The day belongs to man. The night is theirs. See more »

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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Morsures  »

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The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 2nd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Abner Tasupi: The winged animals are Yelaw's messengers
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Connections

Referenced in That Lucky Stiff (1980) See more »

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Lucille
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Pretty good by 1979 standards and if you're a Nick Mancuso fan as am I.
30 January 2000 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie because the Martin Cruz Smith book had recently come my way and I found it quite good. The movie is not unfaithful to the book, though it does suffer in comparison in the strength of the characterizations

  • in the book we learn why Youngman Duran, Mancuso's character, is so


tortured which, of course, makes his ordeal much more significant and meaningful. I'm writing mainly to defend David Warner whom another reviewer characterized as as "bad actor". Warner is a terrific character actor who can presently be heard doing a rich villiany voice on the Saturday morning "Men in Black" cartoon (which is better than the movie, in my opinion). It seems Americans have trouble with classically trained English actors whose diction and style may seem too broad if your only frame of reference is Brad Pitt. Recently went to "Peeping Tom" and sat next to a group of teenagers who laughed all the way through, completely oblivious to the historical context of the film and its quality. So "Nightwing" is pretty good - good character acting (also love Strother Martin), lovely cinematography, nice Mancini score. Blood and gore special effects quite restrained a la 1979 technology, so if that's your thing this isn't your movie.


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