7.1/10
219,415
818 user 130 critic

Pitch Black (2000)

Trailer
0:29 | Trailer
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.

Director:

David Twohy

Writers:

Jim Wheat (story), Ken Wheat (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
1,912 ( 626)
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vin Diesel ... Richard B. Riddick
Radha Mitchell ... Carolyn Fry
Cole Hauser ... William J. Johns
Keith David ... Abu 'Imam' al-Walid
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Paris P. Ogilvie
Claudia Black ... Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery
Rhiana Griffith ... Jack
John Moore John Moore ... John 'Zeke' Ezekiel
Simon Burke ... Greg Owens
Les Chantery Les Chantery ... Suleiman
Sam Sari Sam Sari ... Hassan
Firass Dirani ... Ali
Ric Anderson ... Total Stranger
Vic Wilson Vic Wilson ... Captain Tom Mitchell
Angela Moore Angela Moore ... Dead Crew Member

Top 25 Vin Diesel Movies Ranked

How do Vin Diesel's movies stack up, according to your IMDb ratings? We're including Vin's voice roles because we love the MCU and The Iron Giant too.

See the rankings

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The wanted criminal Richard Bruno Riddick (Vin Diesel) arrives on a planet called Helion Prime and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.

Director: David Twohy
Stars: Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore
Riddick (2013)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.

Director: David Twohy
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The adventures of Riddick continue, as the escaped convict with the ability to see in the dark finds himself caught in the middle of a galactic war between two opposing forces.

Director: Peter Chung
Stars: Vin Diesel, Rhiana Griffith, Keith David
xXx (2002)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After the events of Pitch Black, a contractor is hired to locate Riddick, dead or alive. He reviews available information on him and the events of Pitch Black. Terrified, he hires a female cyberpunk merc to do the job for him.

Director: M. David Melvin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Brian Gant, Lisa Saum
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

Director: Breck Eisner
Stars: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood
Babylon A.D. (2008)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry
Pandorum (2009)
Action | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two crew members of a spaceship wake up from hypersleep to discover that all their colleagues are missing. Despite this, it appears that they are not alone.

Director: Christian Alvart
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet
Sphere (1998)
Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson
Event Horizon (1997)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
Blade (1998)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A new attempt on Lord Marshal Riddick's life is made on the Necromongers' ship. It's time for Riddick to end the years long meandering through space and go back to his roots.

Director: Bonner Bellew
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban

Photos

Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Are you afraid of the dark? You will be... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Vin Diesel is the main actor of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Cole Hauser plays the main villain in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), which is also the only movie in the franchise that Vin doesn't technically appear in. He does, however, show up in a flashback scene, where a picture of his character "Dom" is seen. See more »

Goofs

The drop ship that is found at the old compound on the planet's surface is found at around the 25:10 minute mark. Fry exclaims, "Hello, Mecca!" The problem with the ship is that it is faced towards the buildings. Its flight path later in the movie is away from the buildings. How they turn the ship around for a flight path out is never shown or explained. See more »

Quotes

[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. ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

Universal released an unrated Director's Cut, three minutes longer than the theatrical release. See more »

User Reviews

 
How to survive in pitch black?
10 May 2005 | by NightfallRavenSee all my reviews

Pitch Black is a survival story. It's about how to survive in an hostile, alien world against even more hostile enemies. The task gets even more difficult when the nearest enemies can be found within your own surviving group.

The plot of Pitch Black is quite usual and has been seen several times before in different variations. But what makes this movie shine above others, is it's well-written characters.

The group consists of very different people with few more interesting than the others: Jack, a boy with a secret; Fry, a pilot having hard time with her own conscience; Johns, a bounty- hunter with a drug-habit; Imam, a holy man facing the fact that God is sometimes cruel and Riddick, a convict and a murderer learning to value others, not only himself. Characters start to live in the movie. They aren't only paper like in many other movies of this genre. You start to care for the characters, especially for Riddick though that feels quite odd. He is supposed to be the bad guy. In this movie, the line between light and pitch black is very thin. All characters are familiar with both.

Other thing that works in this movie is the casting. Rarely do actors fit to their roles this well. Radha Mitchell is suitable for Fry. Cole Hauser brings the right amount of cruelness and sense of responsibility for Johns. But the most impressive work is done by Vin Diesel. He does great job as Riddick. In his hands Riddick is quite creepy, definitely very dangerous and also deep character, just as he is supposed to be.

So, how do you survive in Pitch Black? Keep your friends close and enemies even closer.


143 of 175 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 818 user reviews »

Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,577,688, 20 February 2000

Gross USA:

$39,240,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,187,659
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed