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Near Dark (1987)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1988 (Peru)
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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

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Kathryn Bigelow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Pasdar ... Caleb Colton
Jenny Wright ... Mae
Lance Henriksen ... Jesse Hooker
Bill Paxton ... Severen
Jenette Goldstein ... Diamondback
Tim Thomerson ... Loy Colton
Joshua John Miller ... Homer (as Joshua Miller)
Marcie Leeds Marcie Leeds ... Sarah Colton
Kenny Call Kenny Call ... Deputy Sheriff
Ed Corbett Ed Corbett ... Ticket Seller
Troy Evans ... Plainclothes Officer
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Sheriff Eakers
Roger Aaron Brown ... Cajun Truck Driver
Thomas Wagner ... Bartender
Robert Winley ... Patron in Bar
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Storyline

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The night has its price. See more »


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Trivia

Michael Biehn was offered the role of Jesse Hooker but turned it down because he was not satisfied with the script. See more »

Goofs

Control cable visible during the car explosion. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Alternate Versions

In 2003 the BBFC waived all the above mentioned cuts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talking Preacher: Pilot (2016) See more »

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MORSE CODE
Performed by Jools Holland
Written by D. Woody and P. Simmons
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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"We keep odd hours."
15 September 2003 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

Near Dark is the definitive vampire road movie. It's the most realistic and non-traditional portrayal of vampires in my mind. They're cruising the country...you know, just bored. And wouldn't they be bored? I mean if you live forever, wouldn't you run out of things to do? They spend their time getting in and out of trouble. And that's all they do. I love it. The cast (Aliens anyone?) is top-notch. Adrien Pasdar is as underrated as they come. He plays our likable hero who gets involved with our gang of vamps by accident. Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein (all from Aliens), Jenny Wright, and Joshua Miller are all perfectly cast as the nocturnal family. Miller, oddly enough, is Jason Patric's half brother and Near Dark was released just a few weeks after The Lost Boys. Henrikson is appropriately evil and Paxton's Severen character is highly quotable and memorable. Tim Thomerson and James Le Gros also put in an appearances. Eric Red's script is every bit as cool as his earlier road movie, The Hitcher. Kathryn Bigelow will go down in my book as having directed the best vampire flick that I can think of.

Note for genre buffs: The word vampire is never used in the film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1988 (Peru) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Eloy, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$635,789, 4 October 1987

Gross USA:

$3,369,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,369,307
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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