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Pitch Black (2000)

A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

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The space transport vessel "Hunter-Gratzner" carrying 40 people on-board crashes on a desert planet when the ship is struck in a meteor storm. There are only 11 survivors, among them are pilot Carolyn Fry (Who has assumed command after the ship's captain is killed), bounty hunter William J. Johns, religious man Abu Al-Walid, Antiques dealer Paris P. Ogilvie, runaway teenager Jack, settlers John 'Zeke' Ezekiel and his lover Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery, and Richard B. Riddick, a dangerous escaped convict. Marooned, the survivors discover the barren and hot desert-scape has sunlight from three suns. Not only must they find food and water and worry about Riddick, the survivors find themselves being hunted by the planet's flesh-eating alien inhabitants when the planet is engulfed in darkness, which happens every 22 years, as they emerge from underground to hunt and eat all signs of life. Fry and the survivors find Riddick is their best chance of survival, as Riddick has surgically-enhanced ... Written by Daniel Williamson

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There's only one rule: Stay in the light See more »

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Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,015,741 (USA) (20 February 2000)

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$39,240,659 (USA) (5 July 2012)
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The character of Riddick was a woman in an early rough draft of the script. See more »

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The planet's only night occurs during a rare planetary alignment. As the ringed planet dawns on the horizon, it progresses visibly, moving so fast that the eclipse is already happening after just 2 minutes. Any planet appearing that large would be catastrophically close, but that detail isn't as important as the fact the rate at which it is rising would mean the entire event would be finished in just 5 minutes. And that's assuming the entire body of the planet transits the primary stars. It doesn't, though. Clearly only the edge of the ringed world blots out the stars. That would mean the crew would only need to survive the next minute before they were safe again. Yet the rest of the film takes place in darkness till the very end. See more »

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Riddick: [voiceover] They say most of your brain shuts down in cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake. Transporting me with civilians. Sounded like 40, 40-plus. Heard an Arab voice. Some hoodoo holy man, probably on his way to New Mecca. But what route? What route? I smelt a woman. Sweat, boots, tool belt, leather. Prospector type. Free settlers. And they only take the back roads. And here's my real problem. Mr. Johns... the blue-eyed devil. ...
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The persons and events in this production are fictitious. No similarity to actual persons or predators, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »

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Interesting and entertaining with a good cast of mostly unknowns and great special effects.
18 February 2000 | by (Lafayette, Indiana) – See all my reviews

The opening scene of this movie is pretty incredible. I've seen a number of sci-fi movies with great special effects but my roommate and I looked at each other after the opening sequence and he said plainly, "sensory overload." The plot of the movie is pretty simple but the nice thing about this sci-fi movie is that it lets the audience figure out most of the technology for themselves instead of wasting time to "subtly" explain it. The creatures in this movie are also very interesting. You don't get a really good look at them until about two thirds of the way through. Overall, a very entertaining movie.


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