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Nightwing (1979)

PG | | Horror | 22 June 1979 (USA)
Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Steve Shagan (screenplay), Bud Shrake (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Mancuso ... Youngman Duran
David Warner ... Phillip Payne
Kathryn Harrold ... Anne Dillon
Stephen Macht ... Walker Chee
Strother Martin ... Selwyn
George Clutesi George Clutesi ... Abner Tasupi
Ben Piazza ... Roger Piggott
Donald Hotton ... John Franklin
Charles Hallahan ... Henry
Judith Novgrod Judith Novgrod ... Judy
Alice Hirson ... Claire Franklin
Pat Corley ... Vet
Charlie L. Bird Charlie L. Bird ... Beejay (as Charlie bird)
Danny Zapien Danny Zapien ... Joe Mamoa
Peter Prouse Peter Prouse ... Doctor
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Storyline

A colony of vampire bats terrorize a small Indian community in New Mexico. Standard "Nature goes berserk" plot takes a twist toward the end when supernatural forces are discovered working through the bats. Written by B.M.

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What do you fear most - the dark... or something that waits in the dark? See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

Columbia Picturres spent a sizable portion of the film's budget hiring Oscar winning special effects master Carlo Rambaldi (E.T. and the 1976 remake of King Kong) to create "believeable, terrifying bats," since they realized that would be the key to the film being a box office hit. What they got for their money were creatures that looked exactly like what they were - battery powered, rubber bats mounted on poles that were incapable of looking or moving anything like actual bats. As a result, the film proved to be a major disappointment. See more »

Goofs

Duran Nick Mancuso could not have ignited the crude oil with his lighter. The ignition temperature of crude is too high for what the lighter could produce. See more »

Quotes

Youngman Duran: One man's superstition is another man's religion!
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Crazy Credits

[postscript] In recent years, vampire bats were discovered and destroyed in a cave in Val Verde County near Del Rio, Texas. See more »

Connections

Referenced in That Lucky Stiff (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue
Performed by Crystal Gayle
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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Pretty good by 1979 standards and if you're a Nick Mancuso fan as am I.
30 January 2000 | by mj18See all my reviews

I rented this movie because the Martin Cruz Smith book had recently come my way and I found it quite good. The movie is not unfaithful to the book, though it does suffer in comparison in the strength of the characterizations - in the book we learn why Youngman Duran, Mancuso's character, is so tortured which, of course, makes his ordeal much more significant and meaningful. I'm writing mainly to defend David Warner whom another reviewer characterized as as "bad actor". Warner is a terrific character actor who can presently be heard doing a rich villiany voice on the Saturday morning "Men in Black" cartoon (which is better than the movie, in my opinion). It seems Americans have trouble with classically trained English actors whose diction and style may seem too broad if your only frame of reference is Brad Pitt. Recently went to "Peeping Tom" and sat next to a group of teenagers who laughed all the way through, completely oblivious to the historical context of the film and its quality. So "Nightwing" is pretty good - good character acting (also love Strother Martin), lovely cinematography, nice Mancini score. Blood and gore special effects quite restrained a la 1979 technology, so if that's your thing this isn't your movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightwing See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Polyc International BV See more »
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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