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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.


Tom Schiller


Tom Schiller




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 ... Aunt Anita
Eddie Fisher ... Self
Jan Tríska ... Swedish Architect
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Helen Flagella
Clarice Taylor ... Lu
John Garson John Garson ... Maurice Blaget / Conductor


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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The film was made with the participation of many people who've been involved in some way with Tom Schiller's work. Amongst them is Peter Aykroyd, the brother of comedian/actor, Dan Aykroyd. See more »


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 »


Eddie Fisher: How the hell did I wind up singing on a bus to the moon?
Alphacruiser Steward: Musta been all them women, Mr. Fisher.
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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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References The Time Machine (1960) See more »


Oh! My Pa-Pa
Written by Paul Burkhardt
English words by John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons
Performed by Eddie Fisher
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Weird And Wonderful
9 February 2001 | by Profess AbronsiSee all my reviews

A truly bizarre film, but all the more entertaining because of it. Starts off in the style of a 1930s science fiction, and just seems to get stranger and stranger. I particularly liked the guided tour of the lunar surface for the paying tourists who laughed when their guide made a comment on the crashed Soviet probe she drew their attention to. The idea of native "moon people" (who look like native Hawaiians), also being another nice touch. Obviously, there was a very creative mind at work here.

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Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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