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13 February 1981 (West Germany) See more »
Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
Other crew
Tom Farrell .... video
Jim Jarmusch .... observer

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91 min | USA:116 min (original version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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A Final Tribute to a Film Director!, 17 April 2011
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In this film documentary, Wim Wenders comes to New York City to visit film director, Nicholas Ray, who directed classics like Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean. Ray lives in a Soho loft with his younger wife, Susan Ray. You could see the twin towers that once stood at the foot of Manhattan long before it's destruction in 2001. Nick Ray is stubborn and determined to make a final film. In some ways, it's his last chance in the cinema. Wim Wenders knows time is of the essence sine Ray is dying of cancer. There are candid moments of Ray dying but not letting his cancer destroy him. Wenders is a friend and film director. This documentary is really more of a tribute than anything else to a fine film director even though we didn't get to really know him. I haven't seen any of his films to date. The documentary might be dated but it's important to recognize a man who was really a genius in the film industry even thirty years later. He didn't live like a millionaire. He lived quite modestly and on his own terms which is how he died.

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