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Lightning Over Water
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13 February 1981 (West Germany) See more »
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Director 'Nicholas Ray' is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(4 articles)
The Essentials: 5 Great Films By Nicholas Ray
 (From The Playlist. 15 June 2012, 10:51 AM, PDT)

Why Nicholas Ray is in a class of his own
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 8 September 2011, 4:06 PM, PDT)

Venice 2011. Nicholas Ray's "We Can't Go Home Again"
 (From MUBI. 6 September 2011, 1:19 PM, PDT)

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Cast

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Gerry Bamman ... Himself

Ronee Blakley ... Herself
Pierre Cottrell ... Himself

Stefan Czapsky ... Himself

Mitch Dubin ... Himself

Tom Farrell ... Himself
Becky Johnston ... Herself
Tom Kaufman ... Himself
Pat Kirck ... Himself

Edward Lachman ... Himself
Martin Müller ... Himself
Craig Nelson ... Himself
Nicholas Ray ... Himself
Susan Ray ... Herself
Timothy Ray ... Himself
Martin Schäfer ... Himself
Chris Sievernich ... Himself

Wim Wenders ... Himself

Directed by
Nicholas Ray  (as Nick Ray)
Wim Wenders 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Ray 
Wim Wenders 

Produced by
Jonathan Becker .... associate producer
Pierre Cottrell .... producer
Laurie Frank .... associate producer
Renée Gundelach .... executive producer
Chris Sievernich .... producer
Wim Wenders .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ronee Blakley 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
Martin Schäfer 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda (first version)
Wim Wenders (definitive version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Kirck .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jack Higgins .... sound re-recording mixer (definitive version)
Maryte Kavaliauskas .... sound
Martin Müller .... sound
Gary Steele .... sound
Hiroaki 'Zom' Yamamoto .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Czapsky .... gaffer
Mitch Dubin .... assistant camera
Timothy Ray .... assistant camera
Martin Schäfer .... camera operator
James Wilberger .... alternate best boy electric
 
Editorial Department
Chris Sievernich .... assistant editor (definitive version)
Barbara von Weitershausen .... assistant editor
 
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Tom Farrell .... video
Jim Jarmusch .... observer
 

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Runtime:
91 min | USA:116 min (original version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)See more »
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
not a simple film, 3 June 2002
Author: pyamada from United States

Wenders gives the viewer the impression that this is a simple movie, but it is not. Fans of Wenders will recognize director Nicholas Ray's apartment as a location for the film, American Friend. But not only is Ray simply dying, he dies, and the "documentary" has to change, and so it does, with grace, pain, uncertainty, and a host of other emotions and observations. The music, much of it featuring Ronee Blakley, doing what sounds like an attempt at light punk rock and country-folk rock, with a definite Patti Smith influence, is very effective. Like every film I have seen by Wenders, it looks beautiful and often unusual, and the pacing is leisurely, and by Hollywood standards, slow. However, anyone who likes Wenders and likes Ray--and let's face it, if you say you are a fan of American film, and you neither like nor know Nicholas Ray, you are an ignorant piker, poser--will benefit from screening this movie, and probably be moved like hell by it.

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