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Nightfall (1988)

A bird pecks someone's eyes out. It gets dark. And then it snows. The end.

Director:

Paul Mayersberg

Writers:

Isaac Asimov (story), Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Birney ... Aton
Sarah Douglas ... Roa
Alexis Kanner ... Sor
Andra Millian Andra Millian ... Ana
Starr Andreeff Starr Andreeff ... Bet
Chuck Hayward ... Kin (as Charles Hayward)
Jonathan Emerson ... Architect
Susie Lindeman ... Boffin
Russell Wiggins ... Zol
Larry Hankin ... Desert King
Ronald R. Burns Ronald R. Burns ... Aton's Man
Bernard J. Garsen Bernard J. Garsen ... Aton's Man
Dan Wells Dan Wells ... Architect's Assistant
Bradley Reid Bradley Reid ... Trader
Stephen D. Nathenson Stephen D. Nathenson ... City Dweller
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Storyline

Far across the cosmos from our world lies a planet bathed in perpetual daylight. Soon nightfall will come and bring with it tremendous destruction. Science struggles against superstition in this dramatic portrayal of Isaac Asimov's award winning short story. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Genres:

Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Nightfall See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New Horizons See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Before approaching Paul Mayersberg to write the script, several other writers had developed various scripts which didn't work out. "The problem was getting a script that had the essence of Nightfall and also had good, involving characters," said Julie Corman. "Some of the scripts that we developed were excellent on the science-fiction elements, but they weren't very visual. In other versions, the characters were incredibly good but Asimov's philosophical war of words had been played down. Along the way. we encountered the usual money problems, so the project was put on the back burner." See more »

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Watching paint dry captures your attention more than this film...
26 August 2004 | by BilligerVogelSee all my reviews

Oh, the humanity!

There must've been a budget for this, but it must've been used for advertising! The sets are boring, akin to filming in someone's backyard with no attention to detail. The acting? Well, it's just not really. Continuity of story? Must've taken a vacation that day. Were the filmmakers ambitious? Maybe, but it was a heartless attempt to tell a story with film.

It's not Asimov's fault, rather these film-makers lacked vision.

The other reviews here I can truly say are valid, since I sat through this turkey in the theater, hoping desperately for it to get better. I mean, it had to didn't it? Alas, it never did...

Skip it, go watch the Georgio Moroder version of Metropolis again instead... Or read Issac's story, either way you'll be happier, trust me.


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