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Dark City (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  27 February 1998 (USA)
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A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Harris
Frank Gallacher ...
Hotel Manager / Vendor
Justin Monjo ...
Taxi Driver
Mr. Rain


John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. Written by Anonymous

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They built the city to see what makes us tick. Last night one of us went off. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dark City  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,576,953 (USA) (27 February 1998)


£848,615 (UK) (19 June 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mr. Sleep is played by twins, a girl (Satya Gumbert) and her brother (Noah Gumbert). Both were fond of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and they (and the rest of the cast and crew) were frequently entertained by Richard O'Brien, who played Mr. Hand in this film and Riff Raff in "Rocky Horror", with recitations from that film. See more »


(at around 18 mins) Mr. Quick meets his death when the waving arm of the Shell Beach billboard chops his skullcap off, leaving the waving arm hanging to the left of the other arm. In following close-ups, the waving arm is missing. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Schreber: [voiceover] First there was darkness. Then came the strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology. The ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning". But they were dying. Their civilization was in decline, and so they abandoned their world seeking a cure for their own mortality. Their endless journey brought them to a small, blue world in the farthest corner of the galaxy. Our world. Here they ...
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Referenced in College (2008) See more »


The Night Has 1000 Eyes
Written by Marilyn Garrett, Dorothy Wayne (as Dottie Wayne) and Ben Weisman
Sung by Anita Kelsey
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User Reviews

One of the best science fictions ever made...
26 November 2004 | by (istanbul) – See all my reviews

Dark City is the best film of Alex Proyas. He uses the Gothic and claustrophobic themes commonly and dark colors prevail during the film like "The Crow" .The story doesn't follow a certain order of rule, instead there is some mind games and puzzles in the film, that causes watchers to be active in each minute and motivate to the movie..

The topic is about a man who loses his past and first finds himself in a bath tub, doesn^t know about himself and his life, but he has one ability that no one has, he can be alive when the evil forces stops the time and reshapes the world according to their own demand. The story is so fantastic and Proyas' nightmare world come true in that movie.

I can basically say that it's one of the best science fiction movies ever made, it opens doors to different dimensions and force human brains' capability....

"Mutlu Bahar"

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