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Nightmaster (1987)

Watch the Shadows Dance (original title)
R | | Action, Drama
Steve Beck (Vince Martin) is a Karate instructor, Robby Mason (Tom Jennings) his prize student. Beck is using drugs to give him an edge. Guy Duncan (Craig Pearce) is Beck's drug connection ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Jennings ...
Robby Mason
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Sonia Spane
Vince Martin ...
Steve Beck
Craig Pearce ...
Guy Duncan
Doug Parkinson ...
Pete 'Pearly' Gates
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Simon
Alex Broun ...
Henry (as Alexander Broun)
Laurence Clifford ...
Brian Simmons
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Peter Hastings
Mark Hennessy ...
Aloysius Askew
James Lugton ...
Tote 'Ali' Bent
Christopher Truswell ...
'Fingers' Hough
Terry Brady ...
Lt. Trout
Richard Jones ...
Gary Garter
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Steve Beck (Vince Martin) is a Karate instructor, Robby Mason (Tom Jennings) his prize student. Beck is using drugs to give him an edge. Guy Duncan (Craig Pearce) is Beck's drug connection that threatens to expose Beck as a user then Beck kills Duncan, but Robby was witness to this. Robby confronts Beck about the killing, during the karate championship. Beck tries to kill Robby during the match and again afterward in the street. Written by Raittman

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Obsession is the deadliest weapon.

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Originally screened as part of a series of tele-movies called "Tomorrow's News". See more »

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The end credits copyright the film under the title "Tomorrow's News" (aka The Wicked), which was a different Australian film made the same year. Correction: While "Tomorrow's News (c)" does appear after the credits, this does not seem to be a reference to this feature alone. Rather it seems to refer to a production group or financier. The same credit appears after many Australian films around 1987, including "Outback Vampires", "Rock'n'Roll Cowboys" and "Future Past". See more »

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a much-underrated effort
31 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

technically - (sound / camera / scenery / lights) this is not the greatest effort ever but the film has so much going for it! In the not too distant future youngsters play ninja/paintball games in an abandoned power station by night, and during the day they attend their studies which include martial arts lessons with a former member of the military You can watch the film just on those terms and go no deeper;

* or you can look at the theme of the "passing of the flame" from the martial arts teacher to his students; karate starts and ends with courtesy, it is not for killing someone in a fit of temper);

* or you can watch the film for some wonderful martial arts fight sequences. (arguably the VERY BEST KENDO sequence I have EVER seen in any film)

* or watch the film as a historical effort from early in Nicole Kidman's career.

The casting of Vince Martin is nothing short of a stroke of cinematographic genius This movie gets a definite thumbs up!!


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