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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)

Writers:

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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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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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This movie was based on a novella by George R.R. Martin that appeared in a 1985 short story collection. Originally written in 1980, the twenty-three thousand-word novella was published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact. In 1981, at the request of his editor at the time, James Frenkel, Martin expanded the story into a thirty thousand-word piece, which was published by Dell Publishing together with Vernor Vinge's True Names as part of their Binary Star series. In the extended version, Martin supplied additional backstory on the various characters, and named several secondary characters which were not named in the original version. According to Martin, Writer and Producer Robert Jaffe probably adapted his script from the shorter novella version, since all of the secondary characters had different names than the ones he chose in the expanded version. See more »

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Quirky film, but worth the viewing.
9 February 2002 | by anborn3000See all my reviews

As far as low-budget, sci-fi horror goes, Nightflyers is definitely above the fray. I can't say enough about Catherine Mary Stewarts character: beautiful, courageous, mysterious and intelligent. Her performance also lists as a cut above the average. Sure there are deficiencies in the script; but I thought that Nightflyers was an ambitious little entry into the sci-fi film market and definitely worth the effort. I am anxiously awaiting a potential DVD release.


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