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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Adam Beckett
Apollonia van Ravenstein ... Mara Hofmeier
... Eloy
... Father Knickerbocker
... Hugo
... Ted Breughel
... Daisy Schackman
... Buck Heller
... Uncle Mort
Anita Ellis ... Aunt Anita
... Himself
... Swedish Architect
Rosemary De Angelis ... Helen Flagella
... Lu
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, 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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PG

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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A Warner Brothers spokesman stated in 2003 and again in February 2006 that the film cannot be released on DVD due to unspecified "legal difficulties". In 2007, another chat was conducted and Warner claimed it was "on the middle burner - not the front, but not the back." Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd have both agreed to take part in DVD special features, should the film be finally released. 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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Hugo: We shall show you that New York City is a dream created by higher beings as a temporary lodging place in the earthly sojourn.
Adam Beckett: Wow. But how do I know that this isn't a dream right now?
Hugo: Faith!
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References The Time Machine (1960) See more »

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Winter Wind opus 25, no 11 Etude A minor
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Aurore la Croix
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A completely surreal lost oddity
29 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

A wide-eyed young man (Zach Galligan) arrives in New York with aspirations of becoming an artist. Once inside the confines of the city (which is VERY confined in this totalitarian society) he's prepped to become a working stiff, but an eccentric homeless person whom he has been overly generous to eventually guides the boy to his true fate.

The only thing stranger than the fact that this picture has barely been seen anywhere (officially, anyway) is that it was financed by a major studio. "Nothing Last Forever" is not a movie that mainstream '80s moviegoers would have flocked to see. Quite the contrary, if it had been widely released there's absolutely no question that it would have been an epic bomb... which is exactly the appeal.

Filmed mostly in black and white (with a few color sequences), it's simultaneously an homage and a parody of classic films. There are many breathtaking visuals and wonderful performances (from an amazing cast) and the film manages to get stranger as it rolls along, blending shadowy noir with kitschy sci-fi and light drama with heavy farce. As another reviewer pointed out, it's difficult NOT to draw comparisons to Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," which was made on a grander scale but is equally as offbeat, surreal and impossible to accurately describe. In other words, like that film, "Nothing Lasts Forever" is truly a work of art.

Here's hoping MGM will one day give the movie the lavish release that it deserves. While it'll never be a multi-billion-dollar draw, there's definitely a huge cult audience waiting to discover this lost gem.


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