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Lightning Over Water (1980)

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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to ... See full summary »

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Nicholas Ray (as Nick Ray), Wim Wenders
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gerry Bamman ... Himself
Ronee Blakley ... Herself
Pierre Cottrell ... Himself
Stefan Czapsky ... Himself
Mitch Dubin ... Himself
Tom Farrell ... Himself
Becky Johnston Becky Johnston ... Herself
Tom Kaufman Tom Kaufman ... Himself
Pat Kirck Pat Kirck ... Himself
Edward Lachman ... Himself
Martin Müller Martin Müller ... Himself
Craig Nelson Craig Nelson ... Himself
Nicholas Ray ... Himself
Susan Ray Susan Ray ... Herself
Timothy Ray Timothy Ray ... Himself
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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to help Ray realize his final wish. Ray's original intent is to make a fiction film about a dying painter who sails to China to find a cure for his disease. He and Wenders discuss this idea, but it is obviously unrealistic given Ray's state of health. Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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Country:

Sweden | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1984 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Final film directed by Nicholas Ray. Also marks as his first documentary. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas Ray: Stanislavski was a dirty word. Improvisation was a dirty word. I think it's because there is that superfluity of talent in Hollywood, that I'm as uncomfortable as I am living there. It, uhh... you go home very night thinking, '... a waste, waste, waste'. I don't like the lifestyle. I did. I loved it for a while, but it didn't get done the things that I wanted to do. It's very tempting. It's very easy to compromise... and if you turn it down a couple of times you're 'difficult'. And if you're ...
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Alternate Versions

After Nicholas Ray died, Wenders was too depressed to help edit the film, so he left it to . Przygodda spent a year working on it and this was the 116-minute version shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Wenders however, was disturbed by this version and found it depressing and obscure. He spent three months with re-editing the film. Aside from cutting more than 25 minutes, he added more footage of Susan as well as his narration of Ray's diary. This 91-minute version is the one distributed by the Wim Wenders Foundation. See more »

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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) See more »

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Lightning Over Water
Performed by Ronee Blakley
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still waiting for air
25 November 1998 | by EyebloodSee all my reviews

this is a film i forced myself to watch in order to complete a speech in german about wim wender's amerkiabild. it is all about the death of a cancer ridden man. that is about all of the plot i could figure out.

the images, as is usual with wender's films, are striking and pungent to the hollywood-movie-goer senses. the scenes in this movie are about the slowest i have ever seen. i did find a few rewarding scenes here and there scattered throughout the chaos. the graduate monkey, the speech at vassar college, and the alarm clock scene to mention a few.

that is about all i know on this one.

i give it two riders of the apocalypse.


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