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Murder by Moonlight (1989)

Murder on the Moon (original title)
PG-13 | | Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 9 May 1989
After a nuclear war on Earth, the Soviet Union and the U.S. both establish outposts on the Moon. When a murder occurs on the outpost in 2015, both U.S. and Soviet investigators are forced to work on the case together.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Nielsen ... Maggie Bartok
Julian Sands ... Maj. Stepan Gregorivitj Kirilenko
Gerald McRaney ... Dennis Huff
Jane Lapotaire ... Louise Mackey
Brian Cox ... Voronov
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Dr. Isabelle Klein
Celia Imrie ... Patsy Diehl
David Yip ... Chang
Michael Shannon ... Ivanov
Stuart Milligan ... Contarini
Stephen Jenn Stephen Jenn ... Kevin Faber
Georgina Hale ... Allison Quinney
Ricco Ross ... Alvarado
Berwick Kaler ... Dr. Trifonov
Tomasz Borkowy Tomasz Borkowy ... Sorokin (as Tomek Bork)
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Storyline

After a nuclear war on Earth, the Soviet Union and the U.S. both establish outposts on the Moon. When a murder occurs on the outpost in 2015, both U.S. and Soviet investigators are forced to work on the case together.

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Genres:

Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder by Moonlight See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Budget:

GBP3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout filming, Julian Sands (who is allergic to seafood) refused to eat anything other than crab meat, saying it helped him "imagine the discomfort of a man confined to a spacesuit for a month." See more »

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According to this film, by 2015, a synthetic hormone will be available to male to female transsexuals that will retard their facial and body hair growth. Not so - many transsexuals are people with skewed chromosomes (an XXY chromosome person, for example) who do not even HAVE any facial or bodily hair, let alone any need to retard its growth. Even for those transsexuals who were originally transvestites, there are ways other than a synthetic hormone now available to remove their facial hair permanently; this was true even at the time of the movie's original airing in 1989. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Bartok: So, Sorokin; inform on any close personal friends, lately?
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Sleepwalk
Performed by Santo and Johnny
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Lack Of Set Up And Acting Sink This One
11 June 2018 | by charlieosoSee all my reviews

Instantly we see the death of an American astronaut on Russian soil on the moon. Dennis Hull played by Gerald McRaney wants an American there to investigate rather than under just Russian investigative eyes. In comes Brigette Nielsen as the American Maggie Bartok and Julian Sands as the Russian Major Kirilenko. Due to the political strife the movie does have some tension between the characters and in the end a little better than I was actually expecting mainly due to the usually good Sands. But this TV movie has some big problems. One is the acting by Nielsen just doesn't help the movie at all, she seems to just smile a lot and punch through her lines. But, an even bigger problem is there is absolutely no set up to the murder victim or any of the characters before the murder or their interrogation by the investigators. Which is too bad, because the mystery angle to this movie isn't bad, just really poorly plotted through the early goings.


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