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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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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, 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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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alles ist vergänglich See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was never widely released to the public, and legal hurdles kept MGM from releasing a DVD version. For most viewers saw this was in 2015 when the American cable channel TCM broadcast it as part of its "TCM Underground" series. 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

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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Referenced in The Goldbergs: Adam Spielberg (2018) 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 Homeless Man Told Me All The Secrets Of The Universe Today!
28 April 2009 | by Joseph SylversSee all my reviews

Zach Galligan of Gremlins fame, stars in this strange lost film, from a former SNL writer, Tim Schiller, in the 80's. This was produced by Lorne Micheals, and features cameos from Dan Akroyd as a Holland Tunnel inspector (who uses the only instance of profanity, this movie is PG) and Bill Murray as the villainous Captain of an interstellar bus which transports the elderly to the moon. Galligan is a young man whose been abroad for years, and returned home only to find that the New York Port Authority has seized control of the city, due to traffic problems. Galligan is a naive but kindly upstart who knows only that he wants to be an artist. After failing the mandatory "art test" used to determine, who is an artist and who isn't, he is forced to work at the Holland Tunnel with Akroyd, but not for too long, as he meets a fellow artist, falls in love and is taken through a short montage of the new york art world. The setting is essentially timeless, at one point, it suggests the thirties, at another they mention the 50's as part of the past, and at one brief moment, there's a strong hint of 80's, but the film is shot in black and white mostly, and made to resemble a science fiction from an earlyish period from the last century, 30's, 40's??? The plot takes a few turns from here which are surprising and fantastical and not to give away too much, but unfortunately since this movie has NEVER been released on home video or DVD(and doesn't seem likely too), I'll give a way a little more of what's to come...New York as you know it may be an illusion, the homeless are the secret masters of the city and possibly more, and the elderly have been taking routine bus trips to the moon since the 50's, they have chips in their heads which make them say "Miami" every time they even think the word "Moon", so they can't tell anyone. All of these plot elements are told with a matter of factness and a touching sweetness, at no point does this film become cynical, mean, perverse, or pretentious (not something most films as rare and surreal as this can claim). Others have rightly compared it to both Terry Gilliam and Woodey Allen at their most fanciful, but there's a sweetness to this, which gives it a charm all of its own. It's completely unique, very clever, and unusually heartwarming. See it by any means necessary, and as the secret society of bums commands,"Fear not, love all".


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