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Pitch Black (2000)

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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightfall  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,467,546 (USA) (18 February 2000)


$39,235,088 (USA) (9 June 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pitch Black, Waking The Dead, and Where The Money Is were the final film credits of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which merged with Universal Pictures and USA Films During Production. See more »


Although the planet's surface is supposed to be completely dark - "pitch black", as it were - the landscape is actually almost always fairly brightly lit, and the characters habitually have visible, very distinctive shadows that clearly betray the strong lights they used in the filming. The less light the characters themselves are carrying, the more obvious this becomes. See more »


[first lines]
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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Amazing, one of the best sci-fi films ever.
17 November 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a zombie fan, I really love these types of plots where people end up in strange places surrounded by wicked monsters! PB is also an excellent tie-in to Chronicles of Riddick (COR). The gang has to run as fast as they can away from darkness. There are so many metaphors in the story! Riddick is this bad guy, but he's also the hero who tries to save the slow-paced folks. The Muslim guy, Imam, relies on the sun's positions for the five times a day prayers, but he is stuck in a land where darkness will rule. Overall, I recommend this film to any sci-fi fans. You won't be disappointed.

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