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Nightfall (1988)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Sci-Fi | April 1988 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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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 ... Ana
Starr Andreeff Starr Andreeff ... Bet
Chuck Hayward ... Kin (as Charles Hayward)
Jonathan Emerson ... Architect
Susie Lindeman ... Boffin
Russell Wiggins 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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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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Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Nightfall See more »

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New Horizons See more »
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Stereo

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Isaac Asimov was never consulted in the making of the film based on his short story, and completely disowned the finished film when it was released. See more »

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A film based on a short story by filmmakers who obviously never read the story in the first place.
10 January 2004 | by Jordan_HaelendSee all my reviews

And my summary line sums up this movie. This is easily one of the worst adaptations I have ever heard of.

What was so hard about trying to actually stick with Asimov's classic story? Did they think it would be boring? What they created is not simply boring, it's virtually incoherent as well.

In the world of science fiction, the long night has, metaphorically, always been with us. This film is a Black Hole that extinguishes the light of the original tale, sucks it in and imprisons it.


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