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Black Moon Rising (1986)

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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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tape | car | company | thief | vehicle | See All (95) »


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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Jeff Bridges, Don Johnson, Tom Berenger and Richard Dean Anderson were all considered for the lead role that eventually went to Tommy Lee Jones. See more »


Earl slices into the insulation on the video cable, spreading the jacket open to reveal the cabling inside. In the next shot, he is still slicing into the insulation jacket. 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 The Wonder Years: Full Moon Rising (1991) See more »


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Entertaining action - plus!
22 August 1999 | by (Arkansas) – See all my reviews

No Tommy Lee Jones fan should miss this outing. While it's not great cinema, it IS great fun. The action is top-notch and the characters are appealing. The relationship between Jones and Hamilton is surprising well-balanced for an 80s action film and some of the lines are definitely ones to put in the memory bank and quote. It has a bit of everything for a fun rent (or purchase) - action, romance, coldly wicked villains, a flawed hero, a strong heroine, humor and a bit of pathos. (Watch the emotions play across Jones' face in his conversation with Keenan Wynn.) It's a favorite in my circle of film fans.

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