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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 »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Bigger than life (and death too), 15 April 2008
Author: dbdumonteil

In 1977,Nicholas Ray was part of the cast of "der Amerikanische Freund" as Derwatt,a painter who made forgeries .In this movie,Ray tells the story of a painter who steals the masterpieces in the museums and replaces them with forgeries.

I have always been a Ray fan from "they live by night" to "run for cover" to "party girl" to his final epics which were looked upon by pretty much as failures.I must admit that I do not go much for Wenders' stuff ,which is much too intellectual for me .

Its not a documentary movie,it's cinema verite depicting a man who is dying.The courage the director displays in front of death commands admiration but I wonder whether this movie should have been released:it's an intimate one,which should have been reserved for the circle of family and close friends.And I'm sure that many of these prefer to keep a picture of a healthy man .

If you have seen four or five movies by Ray ("rebel without a cause" "Johnny Guitar" "The savage" ) a piece of advice:try and see the lesser known Ray works:"wind across the everglades "born to be bad" "on dangerous ground" or "knock on any door" .The best homage to an exceptionally gifted director.

There are two good moments in "Lightning over water":

The "lusty men" extract happens to be my favorite in this classic:Mitchum come s back home,an old house where he finds back a comic and a money box:In "Lightning " ,Ray hints at "coming back home,seeing my mother's face" Childhood was an obsession in his work :just remember Dean playing in the gutter ("Rebel) or Cagney trying to make Derek his "son" in "run for cover" .

THe diary which Wenders reads is in German which makes sense since it's his first language;the shots of the wings of the plane are fascinating.

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