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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 »


Paul Mayersberg


Isaac Asimov (story), Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Birney ... Aton
Sarah Douglas ... Roa
Alexis Kanner ... Sor
Andra Millian ... Ana
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


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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April 1988 (USA) See more »

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In an interview about Nightfall (1988), writer and director Paul Mayersberg said "I'm of the belief that, in general, film is not a very good medium for science fiction, it's visual, and therefore not very imaginative. Movies don't work well when it comes to picturing large landscapes, and so forth; film can only show you what exists, that which we can already see with our eyes, If you want to imagine a city in space, you have to build a model- and frankly, it looks like a model." See more »


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A waste of videotape
14 July 2003 | by belroyceSee all my reviews

If you did not know the story line is about a planet surrounded by suns and knows no darkness but every couple thousand years an eclipse occurs and pure anarchy breaks out but this movie turns the story into a New Age Northern California Greek play set in the Arizona desert with people running around doing performance art.

David Birney is in this as a leader/astrologer or something that is never quite explained. Sarah Douglas is his former wife who left him for a religion or the religion's leader. Believe me you won't care. But it is nice to see her as something other than a villainess and this the only good I can say for the 'movie.' There are terrible sets, if you can call them that, terrible acting, editing, writing, and music that might have seemed advant- garde for 1979 but is just noise now

The most hilarious scene in the movie is the assassination attempt on Birney, it is something straight out of Ed Wood with the brute assassin foiled by the glare of some quartz or crystal that Birney picks up or it might be the performance art piece that the desert people put on or the performance art that the daughter does after killing someone or Douglas getting her eyes taken out by pet crows or...

If you are expecting a movie based on the Asimov story forget it but if you are a Northern Californian New Ager wondering what might have been then you might like this movie. Not Really.

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