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Supernova (2000)

Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a Captain and Pilot, a co-pilot, a medical... See full summary »


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Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a Captain and Pilot, a co-pilot, a medical officer, a medical technician, a search and rescue paramedic, and a computer technician. When their vessel, the Nightingale 229, answers an emergency distress signal from a comet mining operation in a distant galaxy, the crew soon finds itself in danger from the mysterious young man they rescue, the alien artifact he's smuggled aboard, and the gravitational pull of a giant star about to supernova. The resulting explosion will be the most massive explosion in the universe. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Supernova (El fin del universo)  »

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Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,731,940 (USA) (14 January 2000)


$14,218,868 (USA) (31 March 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Filming started in April 1998. After principle photography was finished in July, Walter Hill spend total of 24 weeks editing his director's cut of the movie which still didn't have all the special effects scenes added into it. MGM refused the number of effects shots requested by Hill, and cut out half of them, including a complex sequence in which Nick Vanzant performs a nail-biting zero-gravity rescue inside a giant bubble of water, and a remotely operated medical robot was replaced by a humanoid android. MGM decided to screen the movie to test audience. Hill told them that the screening would be complete disaster because movie was still not finished and because he wanted to shoot some more footage. MGM still screened the movie and just like Hill said, test screening audience hated the movie. Years later Hill said in interview: "We limped in, in post we had a tremendous amount of effect stuff to do. They decided they wanted to preview the movie without the effects. I said this was insane, it's a science fiction movie. The effects had to be added. They wanted to see how it played. I told them it would be like shit, terrible, very bad preview, you will give up on the movie. These previews under these conditions are political. "Are you saying you won't preview the movie?" I said "You own the God damn thing. If you want to preview it, I can't prevent you, but I won't go." They saw this as defiance." Hill then got into more arguments with MGM and quit the project.

MGM then called in another director Jack Sholder to try and save the movie with re-editing and re-shoots. Sholder deleted lot of the scenes from Hill's version including many scenes of character development, added the scene where Nick is piloting the ship to safety after they jump into the Supernova high gravity field (Originally auto-pilot saved the ship from crash but Sholder wanted to give James Spader something more to do), added some scenes with more focus on humour, changed the original voice of ship's computer Sweetie and add a new one which had "more emotion", removed entire dialogue from another computer called George who was on Titan moon and who gave Nick some informations about the mining colony and such, removed the original rock/electronic-like score by Burkhard von Dallwitz and added new one by David C. Williams. After Sholder's cut was test screened and got little better reaction from test audience, new people got involved in United Artists studio (who with MGM was producing the movie) and they weren't happy with the reaction that Supernova (2000) got from the test screening of Sholder's cut.

The studio went back to Hill who asked for $5 million dollars and time to do the re-shoots to fix the movie but when MGM refused, Hill quit the project for good and MGM then shelved the movie.

In August of 1999 MGM board member Francis Ford Coppola was brought in by MGM to supervise another re-editing of the movie costing $1 million at his American Zoetrope facility in Northern California. But even the Coppola's re-edited version had negative test screening and didn't got PG-13 rating by MPAA that studio wanted. Creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos, whose special effects were mostly cut out from the movie, said that Hill wanted for movie to be much more grotesque, strange and disturbing while MGM wanted to make it to be more of a hip, sexy movie in space and they didn't wanted a full-blown makeup effects film. By the October of 1999, MGM decided to sell the movie. The movie was eventually released on January 17, 2000, almost two years later than planned. See more »


In two separate scenes, Penalosa and Lund and, later, Vanzant and Evers are shown having sex in zero gravity. This is impossible due to the lack of friction and gravity and requires a third person to hold them in place. See more »


Nick: Look. Since we don't bring out the pleasant side of each other, why don't you tell me what the hell bothers you so much about me, so I can...
Dr. Kaela Evers: I don't like Hazen. It's just not a type-H mind-altering escape. I don't like what it does to people who take it; I don't like what they do to others. I used to know someone...
Nick: I'm not someone.
Dr. Kaela Evers: I didn't say you were.
Nick: There's nothing I can do to change the past, yours or mine.
Dr. Kaela Evers: [sighs]
Nick: [places unused Hazen-withdrawl medication in front of her]
Nick: Heal ...
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Big Bomb, Much Like An Actual Supernova
20 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Supernova was the beginning of the Downfall for Lou Diamond Phillips if you ask me. Anyway, the movie is about a traveling hospital rescue spaceship, that moves about the cosmos to save stranded vessels and what not. They come across a distress call, and zip off in some sort of warp travel.

After arriving there they come across a stranded miner and some strange material, that turns out to be pieces of the 5th dimension. And then the movie finally collapses under its own stupidity.

Mediocre acting, nice special effects, REALLY stupid plot, all create a nice mixture to cause minor insanity in the viewer. Some people even lose all conscious memory of having ever seen this movie, confusing it with Red Planet or some other such film.

In other words, Run!

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