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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
In the dead of night they come - Swift - Silent - Savage See more »
Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nick Mancuso ... Youngman Duran

David Warner ... Phillip Payne

Kathryn Harrold ... Anne Dillon

Stephen Macht ... Walker Chee

Strother Martin ... Selwyn
George Clutesi ... Abner Tasupi
Ben Piazza ... Roger Piggott
Donald Hotton ... John Franklin

Charles Hallahan ... Henry
Judith Novgrod ... Judy

Alice Hirson ... Claire Franklin
Pat Corley ... Vet
Charlie L. Bird ... Beejay
Danny Zapien ... Joe Mamoa
Peter Prouse ... Doctor
José Toledo ... Harold Masito
Richard Romancito ... Ben Mamoa
Flavio Martinez ... Isla Laloma
Lena Carr ... Pregnant Woman
Virginia P. Maney ... Old Squaw
Wade Stevens ... Ambulance Attendant
Robert Dunbar ... Helicopter Pilot
John R. Leonard Sr. ... Helicopter Pilot

Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
Writing credits
Steve Shagan (screenplay) &
Bud Shrake (screenplay) &
Martin Cruz Smith (screenplay)

Martin Cruz Smith (novel)

Produced by
Peter V. Herald .... associate producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher Jr. (director of photography) (as Charles Rosher)
Film Editing by
John C. Howard 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
James Dowell Vance  (as James Vance)
Set Decoration by
Richard D. Kent  (as Richard Kent)
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Production Management
Peter V. Herald .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... assistant director
D. Scott Easton .... second assistant director (as Scott Easton)
Ernest Johnson .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Everett Olson .... construction supervisor
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (as William Skinner)
Delbert Diener .... assistant props (uncredited)
Gene Poseteri .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... dialogue mixer
Larry Jost .... production sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound effects mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (as Sam Shaw)
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects
Milt Rice .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Barry Nolan .... optical supervisor
Carlo Rambaldi .... special visual effects
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
M. James Arnett .... stunts (as James Arnett)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (as Craig Baxley)
Gary Epper .... stunts
Glynn Rubin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... camera operator (as Eric Andersen)
Tim Evans .... gaffer
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (second unit)
Harry Rez .... key grip
Jack Anderson .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Bennett .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Joe Garcia .... best boy (uncredited)
Robert E. Gaynor .... grip (uncredited)
Eugene Mendez .... second grip (uncredited)
Bob Ramsey .... electrician (uncredited)
Philip D. Schwartz .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Stark .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Jim Sullivan .... best boy: TBS (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alan Swain .... extras casting
Jeanne Swain .... casting: New Mexico
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Cox .... costumer: women
Don Vargas .... costumer: men
Norman Salling .... extra costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mary Scott .... assistant editor
Music Department
John C. Hammell .... music editor
Arthur Piantadosi .... music mixer
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
John M. Woodward .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Karen Kelly .... production secretary
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Victor T. Salant .... auditor (as Victor Salant)
Cathleen Summers .... executive assistant to producer
Brenda White .... secretary to director
Dorothy Wilde .... project assistant
Earl Wingard .... unit publicist
Deborah Lee .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
G. Clay Mitchell .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Wendy Scott .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Leigh Webb .... first aid (uncredited)

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105 min | Belgium:99 min (video)
Color (Metrocolor)
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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 »
Youngman Duran:One man's superstition is another man's religion!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in That Lucky Stiff (1980)See more »
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David Warner really hates bats!, 6 January 2014
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

In case you were hoping to sit back and enjoy a schlocky, over-the-top and typically 70's "nature gone wild" creature feature (in the same trend as "Frogs", "Squirm", "Grizzly", "Night of the Lepus" or "Day of the Animals"), don't even bother to watch "Nightwing"! Yes, this movie basically handles about killer bats and features one or two virulent animal-attack sequences, but primarily this is more of a talkative and wannabe-ambitious slice of eco-horror full of pro-Indian gibberish and moralistic messages. It's actually very reminiscent to that other 1979 eco-horror flick "Prophecy", and that wasn't any good either. In an enormous and remote New Mexican reservation, traditional Indian Youngman Duran argues non-stop with progressive Indian Walker Chee. For you see, a lot of severely mutilated cattle cadavers have been discovered lately, but Chee denies the obvious infestation of vampire bats because this negatively impacts his business negotiations with a large shale-oil corporation (indeed, the "Jaws" influences are never far away in horror cinema). So instead, Duran teams up with the rather eccentric professional bat-exterminator Philip Payne. Together they attempt to track down the bats' hideout cave as well as the whereabouts of a local beauty that went missing during a Christian camping trip. My movie-buddy warned me that this wasn't going to be a light-headed trash flick, but – alas – I didn't listen. Arthur Hiller's direction is more than competent, but the screenplay adaptation deep dives too much into Indian folklore and tribal rivalries, while it stupidly neglects the creature-feature potential. A terrible shame, since the nauseating bat critters, partially from the hand of Carlo Rambaldi ("Alien", "Deep Red"), come across as rather menacing when shown in close-up. "Nightwing" isn't at all worthless and features two memorable elements: a grisly attack on a group of campers sitting around a campfire and the performance of David Warner as the skeptical bat hunter. His long speeches about how vampire bats are the embodiment of evil and how this species contribute absolutely nothing to the functioning of the environment are the undeniable highlights of the movie. He sure hates the bats with a passion!

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