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Nightfall (1988)

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 »

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 ... 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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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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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 »

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New Horizons See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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83 minutes of soul-sucking I'll never get back
11 August 2003 | by LoadmasterSee all my reviews

Having read the classic sci-fi story by Asimov, I was, of course, expecting something better. In this case, seeing two wheelchair-bound spasmatics fighting each other with brooms and a bucket of manure would qualify as "better". This film was even worse than "A Boy and His Dog", another sci-fi semi-classic rendered horribly on film.

After being told about this film, Asimov reportedly told everyone he could that he had nothing to do with making the film, and to avoid it at all costs. He's probably rolling over in his grave right now just thinking about it.

The filmmakers attempted to portray a primitive society on the brink of technology, but what it looks like instead is that they simply raided the wardrobe closet of a low-budget renaissance festival. All the sets are little more than tents erected in the middle of a desert. Their astronomical "sounding" instruments are seashells and string glued to pieces of wood. (Yes, seashells - I wish I were making this up, but I'm not.)

My only regret is that I actually stayed to see the end of the film, in the hopes that the film might redeem itself with a climactic ending. Nope.

Take my word for it, if you don't like the first five minutes of it (and you won't), stop right there.


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