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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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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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Lightning Over Water
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A painful homage to a film maker and to a friend
2 March 2013 | by Klaus MingSee all my reviews

Lightning Over Water began as a collaborative idea to tell the story of a dying painter who steals art from museums and replaces them with his own forgeries. Suffering from terminal cancer himself, Ray's health quickly deteriorates during the project. The film eventually ceases to be a work of fiction and becomes a documentary of Ray's finals days in which he fittingly spends making film. In reflecting over his career and life, Ray ponders his successes and failures as a film maker who is best known for Rebel Without a Cause (1955). A poignant and often disturbing film, Lighting Over Water is ultimately a painful homage to a film maker and to a friend (Klaus Ming March 2013).


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