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Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)

An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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Buck Heller
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Himself
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Swedish Architect
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Helen Flagella
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John Garson ...
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An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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You're Born. You Live. You Shop. You Die.

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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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PG

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September 1984 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

"It's Only A Paper Moon" is performed by Anita Ellis. She is the singer that dubbed "Put The Blame On Mame" for Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946). See more »

Goofs

After the bus changes its destination sign to "The Moon", in the next shot when it starts to drive off, the sign has reverted back to "New York City". See more »

Quotes

Lunarcruiser: I can see the man in the moon, he's smiling at me.
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Features Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Only a Paper Moon
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, Billy Rose
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A friendlier version of "Brazil"
9 February 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This movie shares some similarities with Terry Gilliam's "Brazil". The mixing of 1930's and 1980's, the totalitarian state that pretends to be caring, a mix of freaky supporting characters and subtext behind every shot and concept. But Nothing Lasts Forever is lighter and more optimistic in tone and a modern (ish) fairy tale of searching for one's talent and purpose. The concepts of the Manhattan Port Authority taking control of New York, underground Angels, going shopping on the Moon in a bus and Bauhaus German techno artists in a mock 30's setting all show great creativity and originality; often missing in a lot of American comedies. And it also works the soundtrack (a mix of original and classical music) into the story extremely well.


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