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Black Moon Rising (1986)

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 <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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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! See more »


Action | Thriller


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Hollywood location where the Black Moon is shown is called "The Betsy." Tommy Lee Jones also starred in the 1978 film titled The Betsy (1978). See more »


During the opening sequence, Quint runs towards a glass door to escape, however, he clearly stops well short of the door. The ensuing shot is from a side angle of (him) bursting through the glass door in a jumping fashion, as if in one continuous motion. 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 »


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Good 80's Super-Car auction!
15 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nice little film this though some may disagree! Of course, I'm a fan of this kind of low-budget action/sci-fi fare, and the fact that John Carpenter wrote the screenplay is a bonus. While it does come across as a TV movie, or a pilot for a series that never was, it keeps rolling along with enough action to please the most hardened of late-night, post-pub film fan. It's funny how many programmes featured suped up vehicles in the 80's, and while Black Moon should be linked most closely to Knightrider, I think it has a lot more in common with Streethawk. Tommy-Lee Jones is excellent in the lead role and it's nice to see him in a younger incarnation, getting involved in all the gritty events.

All in all, a good, hidden gem of a film. Give it a try!

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