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A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal, and what is questionable, in order to survive in a predatory environment.

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Matthew
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Annie Kay
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Joe
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Raymond
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Steph
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Gary
Tori Kristiansen ...
Sarah
Tyra Kristiansen ...
Sarah
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Johnny
Edhem Barker ...
Trendy German Guy
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Tripping Guy
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Hand Holding Guy
Monica Torres ...
Hand Holding Girl
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Double Date Guy
Kerri Vickers ...
Double Date Girl
Christina Alvarado ...
Counter Girl #1
Victoria Fleming ...
Counter Girl #2
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Babysitter
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Mr. Schaefer
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Drugstore Announcer
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Pharmacist
Rosanna Huffman ...
Arguing Customer
Andy Walker ...
Ball Bouncer
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Security Guard
Wanda-Lee Evans ...
Admitting Nurse
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Gun Shop Clerk
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Prowler
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Raji
Gary Bayer ...
Middle Aged Neighbor
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Police Officer #1
Eugene Collier ...
Police Officer #2
Devoy White ...
Waiter
Amanda Grillo ...
Girl at Ice Cream Truck
Parker Swanson ...
Medic
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Man at Table
Elizabeth Gandy ...
Cafe Waitress
Dorian Dunbar ...
Kari
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Paramedic (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Koepp

Written by (WGA)

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James Burke ... (television series Connections)
 
David Koepp ... (written by)

Produced by

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Fernando Altschul ... associate producer
Michael Grillo ... producer
Laurie MacDonald ... executive producer
Gerald R. Molen ... executive producer
Walter F. Parkes ... executive producer (as Walter Parkes)
Michele Weisler ... associate producer

Music by

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James Newton Howard

Cinematography by

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Newton Thomas Sigel

Film Editing by

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Jill Savitt

Editorial Department

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Angela Barton ... apprentice film editor
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Daniel Craven ... first assistant film editor
Erica Frauman ... post-production coordinator
Dennis McNeill ... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Tim Wilson ... first assistant film editor
David Young ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Nancy Nayor

Production Design by

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Howard Cummings

Art Direction by

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Jeff Knipp

Set Decoration by

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Larry Dias

Costume Design by

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Dana Allyson

Makeup Department

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Kathrine Gordon ... key hair stylist
Desne J. Holland ... makeup department head (as Desne Holland)
Tracey Levy ... makeup artist
Janine Rath ... Hair Department Head

Production Management

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Martin Cohen ... post-production supervisor
Michael Grillo ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fernando Altschul ... first assistant director
Paula Case ... dga trainee
Kelly Kiernan ... second assistant director
Christina Stauffer ... second second assistant director (as Christina J. Stauffer)

Art Department

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Shelley Adajian ... painter (as Shelly Adajian-Hill)
Michael Alvarado ... plasterer
Peter Borck ... lead man
Adam Braid ... props swing gang
Joseph Braus ... propmaker
Juan Andrés Bueno ... art department production assistant
Chris Call ... property master
Jerry Carr ... painter
David Chiavoni ... labor foreman
Don 'Tex' Clark ... set dresser
John Coven ... storyboard artist
Doug Crawford ... propmaker
Pat DiGiulo ... laborer
China Fox ... art department coordinator (as China Iwata)
Edward A. Giron ... labor gang boss
Joseph A. Graber ... propmaker
Joseph W. Grafmuller ... props swing gang
Charles Grimm ... art department production assistant
Steve A. Hagberg ... construction coordinator (as Steve Hagberg)
Hugh Hanna ... propmaker foreman
Damon Hight ... propmaker
Johnmichael Hull ... painter
Maria Jaramillo ... paint foreman (as Maria M. Jaramillo)
Mauricio Jimenez ... propmaker
Scott G. Jones ... props swing gang
Ken Junod ... propmaker
Michael Larkins ... property maker
Esteban J. Lascarez ... propmaker
Hans Laudermilk ... propmaker (as Hans Loudermilk)
Randlett King Lawrence ... general foreman
David B. Long ... propmaker foreman
Mursalin Machado ... painter
Kevin Mangan ... greensman
Frank McEldowney ... greensperson
Karin L. McGaughey ... props swing gang (as Karin McGaughey)
Johnny Morales ... laborer
Nikolas Pecci ... propmaker
John A. Rainieri III ... propmaker
Michael Rixon ... props swing gang (as Michael K. Rixon)
Lori Rowbotham ... set designer
Jerry Sargent ... propmaker (as Jerry L. Sargent)
Phillip Schneider ... head paint foreman
Liz Shaner ... painter
Doug Sieck ... props swing gang (as Douglas D. Sieck)
Parker Swanson ... assistant props
Kelly Thompson ... painter
Anthony Vitagliano ... greensman
Michael P. Weller ... propmaker
Jeffrey Whitman ... construction foreman (as Jeff Whitman)
Helen Wilson ... draper
Eric Wortmann ... painter

Sound Department

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Anna Behlmer ... re-recording mixer
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Jeff Clark ... sound editor
Linda Davies ... supervising adr editor
Dean Drabin ... adr mixer / foley mixer
Jerry Edemann ... assistant sound editor
Louis L. Edemann ... supervising sound editor
Ronald Eng ... sound editor (as Ron Eng)
Bryan Fowler ... sound re-recordist (as Brian Fowler)
Richard C. Franklin ... sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Leonard T. Geschke ... sound editor (as Leonard Geschke)
Ann Hadsell ... adr recordist (as Ann L. Hadsell) / foley recordist (as Ann L. Hadsell)
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
James T. Hill ... additional sound recordist (as Jim Hill)
Donald J. Malouf ... sound editor (as Don Malouf)
Sarah Monat ... foley artist
Andy Nelson ... re-recording mixer
Tom Perry ... re-recording mixer
Rudy Pi ... sound re-recordist
John Pritchett ... production sound mixer
Rocky Quiroz ... cable person
David M. Roberts ... boom operator
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
Philip J. Slattery ... assistant sound editor (as Philip Slattery)

Special Effects by

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Bruce Mattox ... special effects
Larry Roberts ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Caitlin Content ... sabre compositing artist
Stefen Fangmeier ... visual effects supervisor
Mark Holmes ... sabre compositing artist
Paul Huston ... digital matte artist
Jeanmarie King ... visual effects coordinator
Bruce Vecchitto ... digital timing supervisor (as Bruce Vecchito)

Stunts

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Bobby Burns ... stunts
Doc Elliot ... stunts
Gordon Hansen ... stunts
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem ... stunts
Brett A. Jones ... stunts (as Brett Jones)
Tim Meredith ... stunts (as Tim C. Meredith)
Carl Paoli ... stunt performer
Erik Stabenau ... stunts
Patrick J. Statham ... stunts (as Pat Statham)
Merritt Yohnka ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stephen B. Abrams ... grip
Robert Anzures ... key rigging grip
Nick Arnds ... grip (as Nick Arnds IV)
David A. Brown ... dolly grip (as David Brown)
Derlin Brynford-Jones ... crane operator: Technocrane
Robert C. Carlson ... first assistant camera
Nina Chien ... camera production assistant
Mark J. Coyne ... assistant camera / camera loader (as Marc J. Coyne)
Joseph Dianda ... key grip
Shawn Ensign ... grip (as R. Shawn Ensign)
Erik A. Erichsen ... lamp operator
Jerome Fauci ... Steadicam operator / second unit cinematographer
Glenn Fishel ... grip: Sacramento
Keith Gorman ... lamp operator (as Keith F. Gorman)
John M. Kelly ... lamp operator: Sacramento
Glade Knight ... rigging gaffer
Kurt A. Lehr ... lamp operator: Sacramento
Scott Mauricio ... lamp operator: Sacramento (as Scott F. Mauricio)
William J. McDevitt ... grip (as William McDevitt)
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj ... chief lighting technician
Deana Newcomb ... still photographer
Anne Owens ... lamp operator: Sacramento
Scott Patten ... best boy grip
Jim Pisano ... grip: Sacramento
R. Bruce Prochal ... rigging gaffer (as Robert Bruce Prochal)
Stephen Sharp ... assistant chief lighting technician
Keith L. Smith ... second assistant camera
Stephen Thorp ... lamp operator
O'Shana Walker ... best boy electric

Casting Department

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Carissa Blix ... casting: Sacramento
Everett Blix ... casting: Sacramento
Joanna Colbert ... casting associate
Debbie DeRango ... casting associate
Tony Hobbs ... extras casting
Terry L. Lamfers ... casting administrator
Mickie McGowan ... adr voice casting (as Mickie T. McGowan)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marisa Aboitiz ... set costumer
Lynette Bernay ... wardrobe supervisor (as Lynn Bernay)
Maurizio Bizzarri ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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David Israel ... location manager
Mark Benton Johnson ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Andy Bass ... scoring crew
Brad Dechter ... orchestrator
Chad DeCinces ... assistant: James Newton Howard
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Marc Gebauer ... scoring crew
Richard Grant ... auricle operator
James Newton Howard ... orchestrator
Artie Kane ... conductor
David Marquette ... scoring crew
Michael Mason ... score co-producer
Shawn Murphy ... music recordist / score mixer
David Olson ... assistant music editor
Jay Selvester ... scoring crew
Kirsten Smith ... scoring crew
Jim Weidman ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Michael Antunez ... transportation captain (as David Michael Antunez)
Leo Baker ... driver
William Ballard ... driver (as William K. Ballard)
Michael W. Broomer ... driver
Denny Caira ... transportation coordinator
Tino Caira ... driver (as Talentino Caira)
Eddie A. Canett ... driver
Wallace Galenn Frick Jr. ... driver (as Wallace G. Frick)
Gary Kincaid ... driver
Marc Labeaune ... driver
Steve Luce ... driver (as Stephen Luce)
David Menapace ... driver (as David A. Menapace)
Robert Neal ... driver (as Robert Allen Neal)
Richard Padgett ... driver (as Rick Padgett)
George Power ... driver
Steve Sorkin ... driver
Ronald Stinton ... driver (as Ronald J. Stinton)
Wilbert Tolliver ... driver (as Wilbert L. Tolliver)
Fred Turner ... driver
Terry Van Bebber ... driver
Mark Wescott ... driver

Other crew

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Jennifer A. Blum ... assistant: Ms. Shue
Brett Boydstun ... production assistant (as Brett A. Boydstun)
Bobby Bress ... assistant: Mr. MacLachlan
Rodger Bumpass ... adr loop group
Mark Chambers ... set medic
Robert Clotworthy ... adr loop group
Winburn F. Craft III ... office production assistant: Sacramento
Jennifer Darling ... adr loop group
Burr DeBenning ... adr loop group
Debi Derryberry ... adr loop group
Maria DeVane ... post-production accountant
Brady Doyle ... production assistant
Therese Nichelle Dugan ... office production assistant: Sacramento
Linda Emmons-Cunningham ... assistant production coordinator: Sacramento
Donald Fullilove ... adr loop group
Jane Goe ... production controller: Amblin
René González ... projectionist: Amblin (as René Gonzalez)
Richard Grant ... auricle control systems
Elena Holden Tuens ... production accountant (as Elena Holden Bress)
Joy Johnson ... assistant: Mr. Parkes
Mick Jones ... adr loop group
Kelley A. Kiernan ... production office assistant
Linda Kroll ... assistant: Ms. Macdonald
Mark A. Kurtz ... production office assistant (as Mark Allen Kurtz)
Don Levy ... unit publicist
James Linville ... first assistant accountant
Anne Lockhart ... adr loop group
Emily Love ... stand-in
Amy Lyne ... production assistant
Sherry Lynn ... adr loop group
Janice Naehu ... assistant: Mr. Koepp
Diane H. Newman ... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Robert Ohlandt ... production assistant
James Panger ... studio teacher
Jennifer Nichole Porter ... production coordinator (as Jennifer Porter)
Phil Proctor ... adr loop group
Gianna Rubin ... assistant production coordinator
Diana Tinkley ... assistant: Mr. Molen
Marcelo Tubert ... adr loop group
Jim Turner ... production controller (as James Turner)
Michael Turner ... production assistant
Barbara Tuss ... script supervisor (as Barbara E. Tuss)
Daniel Wheatcroft ... studio executive
John 'Magic' Wright ... craft service
Paul O. Wright ... craft service (as Paul 'Rainmaker' Wright)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

How tenuous is man's hold on civilization when survival becomes an issue? When the lights go out and stay out for several days, suburbanites Matthew and Annie learn the hard way that man is "by nature" a predatory creature. Matthew's long-time friend, Joe, happens by on the second day and a rivalry between the two friends simmers as Annie cares for her sick baby. When rumors of looting spread through the neighborhood, the two men buy a shotgun for protection but Annie throws it in the pool. Later, that same night, Joe hears a prowler downstairs and awakens Matthew. They chase the stranger from the house and out into the street where a neighbor shoots him to death. No longer safe in their own home, they decide to drive to Annie's parents some 500 miles away. Before they reach their destination, more trouble comes their way when they stop to siphon gas from an abandoned car and discover the driver in the back seat... Is this what is meant by "man's inhumanity to man?" Written by Mark Fleetwood

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Taglines When Nothing Works, Anything Goes. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Réactions en chaîne (France)
  • Der große Stromausfall - Eine Stadt im Ausnahmezustand (Germany)
  • El efecto dominó (Spain)
  • El efecto domino (Mexico)
  • När mörkret faller (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,887,791, 01 Sep 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia The story is inspired by the classic The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street," which depicts the denizens of the street slowly becoming crazy after a power failure. In fact, in the film's production notes, Matthew and Annie live on the corner of Maple and Willoughby, alluding to another classic The Twilight Zone (1959) episode, "A Stop At Willoughby". See more »
Goofs While walking up the driveway at the very end, the Steadicam operator and the boom operator are clearly visible in a reflection from the Volvo's trunk lid. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bogus/The Big Squeeze/Bulletproof/The Trigger Effect/The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Blood, Guts & Firetrucks See more »
Quotes Joe: The Martians have landed. They want our women.
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