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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, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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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, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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You're Born. You Live. You Shop. You Die.

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The movie had a special screening at the BAM Cinematek in Brooklyn, NY on 13 April 2004. Bill Murray, who was instrumental in getting the film to play there, introduced it. See more »

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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 »

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Swedish Architect: Snip snap snorum, hey coco lorum.
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Nothing Lasts Forever
Written by Tom Schiller, Howard Shore
Performed by Mara Beckerman
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An extraordinary film, neglected
14 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Since a version of this film was "leaked" - if that's the right term -- to YouTube a few days ago, it's had a second life worthy of the film's own protagonist, liberated from a job yelling at bad drivers in the Holland Tunnel to a bravura performance at Carnegie Hall. There have been many evocative or pastiche films of the classic era -- Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, or Gary Ross's Pleasantville -- but none has more vividly, sweetly, and yet ironically invoked the magic of the movies as has this film. Don't be distracted by the Dan Ackroyd or Bill Murray cameos (fun as they are): keep your eye on the veterans, who've been in more films than you can count, and who bring their considerable powers to bear here: Sam Jaffe (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Bedknobs and Broomsticks); Paul Rogers (Billy Budd, The Homecoming) and the incomparable Imogene Coca, all part of a secret underground league of New York artists who seek to aid any who will give their all, unreservedly, to the cause of art. This film deserves an immediate DVD/BluRay release -- one can only imagine how richly it will shine -- and shame on MGM, Turner, Warner, and all who have kept this gem in their dark, dim, Gollum-like cavern of oblivion.


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