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Nightfall (1988)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Sci-Fi | April 1988 (USA)
A bird pecks someone's eyes out. It gets dark. And then it snows. The end.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aton
... Roa
... Sor
Andra Millian ... Ana
Starr Andreeff ... Bet
... Kin (as Charles Hayward)
... Architect
... Boffin
... Zol
... Desert King
Ronald R. Burns ... Aton's Man
Bernard J. Garsen ... Aton's Man
Dan Wells ... Architect's Assistant
Bradley Reid ... Trader
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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Black Nightfall  »

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The film was shot in an organic architectural development in Arizona called Arcosanti. Scenes were also shot in Cosanti, just outside Scottsdale, and in the Tonto National Forest. Some Arcosanti residents appeared as extras. See more »


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A movie well worth walking out on...
7 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

One might guess that this movie gets so many bad reviews because Asimov fans felt it wasn't entirely true to the original story. But it's more than that, it's just bad. True, it was a complete sodomization of the wonderful Asimov story. And it seems likely that only Asimov fans ever saw it. However, likely as that may be, allow me to warn you that this is hands-down one of the worst movies ever. The only thing keeping it off the bottom 100 list is that there probably weren't 625 people who are dumb enough to have seen it and masochistic enough to want to relive the experience by looking it up here. The casting was atrocious. The acting was terrible. The story was appallingly bad. The lighting was so dark you couldn't tell who was speaking. If you want to compare my opinions with those of real people, I actually liked 'Howard the Duck' and 'Transylvania 6-5000'. This is lightyears worse than those. This is not even "so-bad-it's-funny"-bad, like 'Plan 9', this is just plain superlatively bad, with no redeeming features.

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