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Dark City (1998)

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

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Storyline

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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A world where the night never ends. Where man has no past. And humanity has no future. See more »


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

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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,576,953 (USA) (1 March 1998)

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$14,378,331 (USA)
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This was the last movie watched by Argentine rock idol Gustavo Cerati before he suffered a stroke that left him in a coma for four years, which resulted in his death. See more »

Goofs

(at around 60 mins) The cable supporting John Murdoch when he opens the door and nearly falls down the shaft. See more »

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[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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References Open Your Eyes (1997) See more »

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Le Chale Bleu
Written by François Perchat (as Francois Perchat)
Sung by Anita Kelsey
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creepy, heart warming and fantastical
16 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

simply wonderful on every level. A matrix meets Truman show if you will. Remarkably the film works despite its weird. wonderful and uncomfortable story line. Genuinely disturbing, as interesting as any murder mystery and beautiful atmosphere with art deco, film noir, and night on elm street under belly.

At first you will be tempted to draw comparisons with the matrix and at other times the mind wonders and the ghostly tall men enter our dreams, but as the film progresses the human heart begins to take centre stage particularly in the characters of the two police chiefs as well as the central figure of John Murdoch. All in all a cascading and multi-dimensional cinematic delight that left me feeling unsettled and warm at the same time.

watch it.


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