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Director:
Writers:
Steve Shagan (screenplay) &
Bud Shrake (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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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)
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
 
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
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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Runtime:
105 min | Belgium:99 min (video)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 2nd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1979.See more »
Quotes:
Youngman Duran:One man's superstition is another man's religion!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in That Lucky Stiff (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
LucilleSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Unfairly maligned., 14 January 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

This adaptation of the Martin Cruz Smith novel (scripted by Steve Shagan, Bud Shrake, and Smith himself) is actually pretty faithful to the source material. Ultimately, it's not quite as satisfying as Smiths' story, where the characters were given more depth. But it's still a striking and interesting (if not great) film, an unusual mix of animal horror, human drama, and Indian mysticism. The actors in all of the major roles are pretty good, and director Arthur Hiller - a man known more for mainstream comedies and dramas such as "Love Story" - does his best working within a different genre. It's true that the film doesn't have very much suspense, but the animal attacks are NOT that badly done, despite the presence of some chintzy effects. At the very least, what "Nightwing" has to recommend it is beautiful New Mexico scenery and a solid score by Henry Mancini.

Nick Mancuso stars as Maskai policeman Youngman Duran, faced with sudden and mysterious deaths of animals and humans alike. An Englishman named Phillip Payne (David Warner) knows the score: the culprits are vampire bats, and he's the man to take care of the problem. Apparently eradicating this species is his life's work (one would think that animal rights activists would take exception to such a pursuit), because he believes that they embody evil. Yeah, I know, pretty thin for a motivation. Making life difficult for Duran is local mover and shaker Walker Chee (Stephen Macht), a man who's made it *his* mission to acclimate himself to the white man's world, and who's giving an assist to a mining company.

Overall, this isn't bad, even if lacking in style. It's fundamentally a decent story that's capably told. Mancuso is engaging in the lead, and Warner delivers his lines with total conviction, no matter how silly his character may be; the film benefits from his presence. The lovely Kathryn Harrold is appealing as Youngman's white love interest Anne Dillon, George Clutesi (who was in another Indian themed horror film from the same year, "Prophecy") is memorable in the small part of old priest Abner, and the great Strother Martin, in one of his final film roles, is a joy to watch as always as the bigoted trading post operator Selwyn. Among the supporting cast are character players Ben Piazza, Donald Hotton, Charles Hallahan, Alice Hirson, and Pat Corley.

"Nightwing" is definitely worth a look for the curious.

Seven out of 10.

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