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Director:
Writers:
Steve Shagan (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In the dead of night they come - Swift - Silent - Savage See more »
Plot:
Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (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)
 
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Everett Olson .... construction supervisor
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (as William Skinner)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... dialogue mixer
Larry Jost .... production sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound effects mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (as Sam Shaw)
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
 
Stunts
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
Gary Stark .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Alan Swain .... extras casting
Jeanne Swain .... casting: New Mexico
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Cox .... costumer: women
Don Vargas .... costumer: men
 
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
 
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
 

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105 min | Belgium:99 min (video)
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Trivia:
The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 2nd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1979.See more »
Quotes:
Phillip Payne:You're not buying this superstition are you?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in That Lucky Stiff (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
LucilleSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Day belongs to Man...The Night belongs to Them, 7 March 2004
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

******SPOILERS****** One of the main reasons that I like "Nightwing" is that the movie educates the audience about the subject matter in it. You learn more about Vampire Bats in just a five minute conversation between Phillip Payne, David Warner, the Bat investigator and Walker Chee, Stephan Macht, the Indian official then you learned about the same subject in all the movies that Hollywood made about Bats put together.

The movie also gives you an interesting look about what I think is it's main subject; the mystical and religious as well as the cultural customs of the American Indians of the American South-West. The movie "Nightwing" has a dual story in it. Deadly Vampire Bat attacks on people and livestock in the South-West, the state of Arizona. There's an attempt by a big oil conglomerate, Peabody Mining, to buy up and strip mine a large section of two Indian Reservations, the Pahana & Maskie. This is being done with the help of a corrupt top Indian official, Walker Chee, in the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A number of cows and horses are found dead and the local farmers as well as government officials are left confused and baffled by what caused it. These incidents have attracted Phillip Payne who's a bat researcher or as he calls himself "The Exterminating Angel" to the area. Payne has been tracking down the migration of Vampire Bats since 1973 from South America Mexico and now to the southern part of the United States and he thinks that a large colony of Vampire Bats are responsible for whats been happening in the places effected with dead livestock and now people. There has also developed a number of deaths due to Bubonic Plague which Payne feel that the Bats are transmitting to both people as well as animals. Both the Peabody Mining Corp. and Walker Chee want to keep all this out of the news in order to protect their attempted land grab in the area.

With nothing able to stop the "Killer Bats" advance as they attack and kill people and cattle almost undeterred as a last resort Indian Police Sheriff Youngman Duran, Nick Mancuso,tries something new to stop the killer bats. With the help of ancient Indian Mysticism that Duran learned from his friend and Maskie Indian High Priest Abner Tasupi, George Clutsei, he's able to stem the tide of the Vampire Bat invasion.

Defiantly better then most of the movies about the same subject with it's focus on detail science and history instead of horror shock and gore. The rivalry between the upright and honest Indian Sheriff Youngman Duran and the corrupt and deceiving Indian official Walker Chee alone makes the movie interesting all by itself.

The Bat menace in the movie was intelligently handled and the film tried as much as possible to keep the supernatural and mystical angle in check making it more real as well as effective. The final sequence of "Nightwing" in the deadly "Bat Cave" as Duran Payne and Duran's girlfriend Anne Dillion, Kathryn Harrold, were working against the clock, or better yet the night, to destroy the giant Vampire Bat colony before it woke up was nail biting and very effectively done. The scenes of the Bat attacks in the movie, there were only three, were believable as well as shocking even though the special effects back then, in 1979, were primitive to what they are in movies today.

All and all "Nightwing"is one of the most unknown, it's almost impossible to find it on VHS today and it's never been released on DVD, and at the same time best movies about "Killer Bats" that you'll ever see.

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