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Nightflyers (1987)

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Professor hires a spaceship to get to the source of weird signals from deep space. The trip is cut short however when the ship's computer gets jealous because the captain is in love with one of the female passengers and it gets homicidal.

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Robert Collector (as T.C. Blake)

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George R.R. Martin (novel), Robert Jaffe (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Miranda Dorlac
Michael Praed ... Royd Eris
John Standing ... Michael D'Brannin
Lisa Blount ... Audrey
Glenn Withrow ... Keelor
James Avery ... Darryl
Helene Udy ... Lilly (as Hélène Udy)
Annabel Brooks Annabel Brooks ... Eliza
Michael Des Barres ... Jon Winderman
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A scientific group set out on a journey into space to find a magical creature. What they find is a killer computer on the ship they chartered. Written by Glenn J. Schworak <glenn@g-world.com>

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Where they're headed isn't the mystery. What's taking them there is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyilkos űrhajó See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,149,470

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,149,470
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Production Co:

Vista Organization See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In 2017, a pilot for a possible television series based on the novella Nightflyers by George R.R. Martin was being developed by the Syfy Channel. The series is based on the novella, with Robert Jaffe, who wrote the screenplay for this movie, serving as one of the producers. The script for the pilot was written by Jeff Buhler. George R.R. Martin will not be involved in the production or writing for the new series, since his contract with HBO contains an exclusivity clause. The series will be shot in Ireland and will premiere in July 2018; the producer will be Daniel Cerone. On December 6, 2017 Jodie Turner-Smith was announced as being cast as Melantha Jhirl. George R.R. Martin expressed his enthusiasm for the casting on his journal, and pointed out that it more accurately represents that character in the novella than this movie did, which cast a Caucasian actress. On January 4, 2018, it was reported that Netflix will co-produce the show and hold first-run rights outside of the United States. See more »

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as an adaptation, this is a catastrophe
30 November 2005 | by kleiner_fuchsSee all my reviews

Look at these people! Those funny hairdos! All this mist! And listen to the music! Yes, this film was done in the eighties.

I like the eighties, but I don't like this film.

I admit, I had read George R. R. Martin's novella on which "Nightflyers" is based, before, so I was extremely prejudiced in regard to this film. The universe that Martin created in the seventies is the most haunting and beautiful science fiction realm I have ever entered. "Nightflyers" isn't his best story, but it is exciting (Martin couldn't write a boring story even if he tried), it has a nice prologue and a great ending and it is about a hundred times better than its adaptation.

Screenplay is horrible. Production design of the interiors looks very low budget. Cast is mediocre. Editing is confused. Music is forgettable. Yes, there are some nice old fashioned special effects shots, but they don't save the film.

George R. R. Martin's stories and novels have always been too intelligent, too beautiful and too sad to be considered source material for Hollywood blockbusters. Thank god, I should say.


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