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Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)

An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, after he takes a trip to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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Tom Schiller

Writer:

Tom Schiller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Galligan ... Adam Beckett
Apollonia van Ravenstein Apollonia van Ravenstein ... Mara Hofmeier
Lauren Tom ... Eloy
Sam Jaffe ... Father Knickerbocker
Paul Rogers ... Hugo
Bill Murray ... Ted Breughel
Imogene Coca ... Daisy Schackman
Dan Aykroyd ... Buck Heller
Mort Sahl ... Uncle Mort
Anita Ellis Anita Ellis ... Aunt Anita
Eddie Fisher ... Himself
Jan Tríska ... Swedish Architect
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Helen Flagella
Clarice Taylor ... Lu
John Garson John Garson ... Maurice Blaget / Conductor
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An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, after he takes a trip to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film contains many references, one being the name of Lauren Tom's character, Eloy. Her name's an alternate spelling of the blond-haired, child-like people who inhabit the earth's surface in the film, The Time Machine (1960); 'Eloi'. See more »

Goofs

After the bus changes its destination sign to "The Moon", in the next shot when it starts to drive off, the sign has reverted back to "New York City". See more »

Quotes

Hillbilly: It's a player pianey! He's a fake! Get him!
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Alternate Versions

One print of the film omits the nude scene at the Port Authority Testing Center. However, this same print does contain two scenes that MGM forced the director to remove from the final film:
  • 1. An extension of the opening newsreel, in which narrator Paul Frees announces that the state of California has been destroyed in an earthquake.
  • 2. After speaking with the Swedish architect in the train, Adam runs to the window and says "I hereby end my staying here for my return to the United States. I pray to God, the Buddha, James Joyce, Ramakrishna and Jesus the Christ that I will become an artist, no matter what."
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Soundtracks

Polonaise opus 53 A flat
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Josef Lhevinne
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Forgotten Films
16 September 2014 | by mmuratbekarSee all my reviews

Never officially released, neither theatrically nor on home media, Tom Schiller's surreal science fiction fantasy Nothing Lasts Forever stars Zach Galligan as an eager young artist struggling to find his creative outlet in a New York City under the tyrannical rule of the Port Authority. Shot in black and white (for the most part) and with the sound recorded in mono, the film replicates the Classical Hollywood style of the late '30s and early '40s to create a dreamlike work that, had it been made during the indie boom of the '90s, would have easily found a cult following. Featuring strong supporting work from the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Tom, Apollonia van Ravenstein and Bill Murray – not to mention a midpoint shift in narrative that will leave an unsuspecting viewer reeling – Nothing Last Forever is an oddity of a film, perhaps too unusual for its time, that deserves, at the very least, a proper worldwide release.

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