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Nomads (1986)

A French anthropologist specializing in nomadic groups moves to Los Angeles with his wife, and starts following a group of sinister street punks who seem to live and move around in a black van. But they aren't what they seem.

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John McTiernan

Writer:

John McTiernan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley-Anne Down ... Dr. Eileen Flax
Pierce Brosnan ... Jean Charles Pommier
Anna Maria Monticelli ... Veronique Pommier / Niki (as Anna-Maria Monticelli)
Adam Ant ... Number One
Mary Woronov ... Dancing Mary
Héctor Mercado ... Ponytail
Josie Cotton Josie Cotton ... Silver Ring
Frank Doubleday ... Razor
Jeannie Elias Jeannie Elias ... Cassie
Nina Foch ... Real Estate Agent
J. Jay Saunders ... Cort (as J.J. Saunders)
Alan Autry ... Olds
Dana Chelette Dana Chelette ... Orderly
Frances Bay ... Bertril
Junero Jennings Junero Jennings ... Gas Station Attendant
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A French anthropologist gets murdered in Los Angeles after discovering the existence of ancient demonic spirits, first described in old Inuit legends, that can take human form and prank, possess or even kill people. Before he dies, he reveals this secret to a young female doctor who quickly realizes that his wife is now in danger as well. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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gang | sex scene | van | nomad | nun | See All (246) »

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nómadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,013,328, 9 March 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,278,264
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nina Foch, a classic film noir star and scream queen of the 1940s and 1950s crime and horror films by Columbia Pictures, appears only briefly in a sequence near the beginning as the "Real Estate Agent". See more »

Quotes

Niki: Did my husband lose his sanity?
Flax: I think so. He's hallucinating...
[pause]
Flax: Was... hallucinating.
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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Nomads
Words & Music by Bill Conti and Ted Nugent
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Not For Me, Maybe For You
2 July 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A French anthropologist (Pierce Brosnan) moves to Los Angeles and is followed by the evil spirits of an extinct tribe he once uncovered.

Despite the incredible Adam Ant, and starring Pierce Brosnan (as a Frenchman?)... and being written and directed by John McTiernan, master of the action film, this movie has received overwhelmingly negative reviews.

Jay Scott is the exception, as he described Nomads as "a breathlessly unself-conscious film (there is none of the self-congratulatory stylization of Blood Simple), the tone alternates maniacally between scaring the audience and making it giggle." Scott said McTiernan "has brought to his project a staggeringly resourceful technique. The sharply unpredictable editing, the hypnotic use of slow motion and rack focus (that's when the background and foreground reverse in clarity), the ominous rock music - everything adds up to a debut of singular confidence, full of fun and creepiness."

Scott may be alone. I was not all that thrilled by the film as a whole, neither a horror fan nor as someone who has otherwise enjoyed McTiernan's work. Perhaps I need to give it a second chance, but this is a largely forgotten film that has probably earned its place in the memory hole.


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