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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

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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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Storyline

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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A Chilling Tale Of Supernatural Evil. See more »


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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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The film's protagonist, Pommier, was originally meant to be played by legendary French actor Gérard Depardieu, but when he declined the role, Brosnan, an Irish actor who was at the time only known for his quite popular TV series 'Remington Steele' (1982 - 1987) about a female private detective who partners up with a former gentleman thief, immediately agreed to play it, believing that in order to avoid being typecast for the rest of his career he'd need to prove that he can play roles other than those of English rogues or gentlemen. See more »

Quotes

Flax: Did Jean Charles have any history of emotional problems?
Niki: No!
Flax: Please!
Niki: No!
Flax: Please, anything! Is there anything in his family?
Niki: No.
Flax: Was he taking drugs?
Niki: No.
Flax: Drinking? Was there any radical change in his diet?
Niki: [Niki starts to laugh, then she cries]
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Dancing Mary
Words & Music by Bill Conti and Ted Nugent
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Interesting theory in Nomads
9 September 2006 | by sunzncSee all my reviews

And the theory is, as spelled out by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro in her book of the same name, that there are earthbound, malevolent spirits who bring madness to any human that makes camp with them. That people don't realize that a percentage of what they see or hear is not.....there! Most people are luckier, they don't look so closely. But Pierce Brosnan's character, being the inquisitive person he is, has looked.......too closely. Now, these nomadic beings, who are attracted to places of calamity, have taken an interest in Brosnan and he is warned by someone, who may or may not be one of 'them'. Warned to leave, change his job and move away. It's all very interesting to watch. And afterward, you can't stop thinking about it. Yes, it contains flavors from the 80's but it is still thought provoking. Read the book too!


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