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Nightwing -- After a High Priest of the Masakai Tribe summons the end of the world, several of a desert town's inhabitants are attacked and killed by a swarm of bats. With the aid of a British biologist and a nurse, a young Indian deputy attempts to put an end to the deadly menaces.

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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 »
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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
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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
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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Runtime:
105 min | Belgium:99 min (video)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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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:
Anne Dillon:How could something so evil live in a place so sacred?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in That Lucky Stiff (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes BlueSee more »

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not as bad as you'd think, not quite, 22 July 1999
Author: (otter_c@ix.netcom.com) from Mountain View, Ca.

Okay, it's not a good movie, how could a movie about a plague of killer vampire bats in the American desert possibly be good? Especially with all the corpses covered with bat pee, and a mad scientist played by a ham bad actor?

But it has some redeeming qualities. It's set on a beautiful southwestern Indian reservation, and our hero is a likeable tribal cop like my fave rave Jim Chee (and a stud). The location photography is nice to look at, most of the acting is decent, and the finale is worth a look. How do you kill off a whole cave full of vampire bats at once? I like their method...



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