Black Moon Rising (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  10 January 1986 (USA)
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A professional thief is hired by the FBI to steal a data tape from a company under investigation. The analysis of this tape, will prove the criminal activities of this company. As this ... See full summary »


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A professional thief is hired by the FBI to steal a data tape from a company under investigation. The analysis of this tape, will prove the criminal activities of this company. As this thief is discovered in his attempt, he hides the tape inside a prototype car, but unfortunately there is someone else interested in this vehicle. Written by Luis Carvacho <>

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From the mind of John Carpenter comes the towering adventure that thunders across Los Angeles and explodes 30 stories above it!


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Release Date:

10 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Moon  »

Box Office


$6,637,565 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Black Moon is a custom car. See more »


About an hour in to the film, when Quint arrives at John's trailer, a beige sedan is parked facing the building. When Ringer's goons throw Quint off the porch a minute later, he lands on the trunk of a differently-shaped and much browner vehicle (that has no back window, presumably for safety reasons). A few seconds later, Quint gets dragged off the hood of the original beige car. See more »


[first lines]
Quint: [to store clerk] Coffee?
Kid at Grocery Store: [entering with gun drawn] Alright freeze! One move and you've both dead! You here me asshole?
Quint: This something new for you son?
Kid at Grocery Store: Shut your goddamn mouth!
Quint: Hey fine, no problem. There's the cash register. And right up there's the television camera. And there's a nice full face shot. How 'bout a profile? Look there's a couple of ways we can do this.
Kid at Grocery Store: I told you to shut up!
Quint: Fine. I'm just saying you gotta think these things through. You don't just come walking in to ...
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Referenced in Everybody Loves Raymond: Bad Moon Rising (2000) See more »


Sleeping With The Enemy
Written by Chari Brandon and Jack Littlejohn
Performed by Chari Brandon
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Tommy Lee Jones "rises" to the occasion
12 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

A typical 80's action film with an anything but typical plot, Black Moon Rising is not only a film with a memorable story but also admirable acting. Jones, as usual, delivers a great performance, with Linda Hamilton and the always watchable Robert Vaughn backing him up with their immense talent. Above average stunts, an intriguing score, and a fast-paced and, at times, light-hearted script all combine to form a fun and memorable film.

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