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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, both U.S. and Soviet investigators are forced to work on the case together.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maggie Bartok
... Maj. Stepan Gregorivitj Kirilenko
... Dennis Huff
... Louise Mackey
... Voronov
Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Dr. Isabelle Klein
... Patsy Diehl
... Chang
... Ivanov
... Contarini
Stephen Jenn ... Kevin Faber
... Allison Quinney
... Alvarado
... Dr. Trifonov
Tomasz Borkowy ... Sorokin (as Tomek Bork)


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, both U.S. and Soviet investigators are forced to work on the case together.

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Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

9 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Murder by Moonlight  »

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Box Office


£3,500,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Maggie Bartok: [having tasted the reconstituted alchohol that is offered aboard the moon base] Mm... this is... awful.
Dr. Isabelle Klein: The guys at R & D are getting pretty good at Bourbon and Gin, but the mysteries of Scotch continue to elude them.
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Referenced in The Chronic Rift: Heroes & Villains (1991) See more »

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Oh, dear me NO!
1 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

I watched this on the UK Horror Channel and what do you know, that's spot on just where it should be! On the plus side, the plot is not too bad if very dated, the set of supporting actors is really good, Brian Cox and Celia Imrie set the tone with Julian Sands making a valiant attempt to play the Russian 'NastyBecomesNicey', and the settings are fine.

On the other hand...

It's marred by chronic 2D character stereotyping. As always we have inflexible Russians all plain looking in dull dingy outfits, and cool suited attractive Americans, sad because they are unable to communicate meaningfully with them. And it's killed off by Brigitte Nielsen's managing to make the whole thing look like it's acted according to the Plywood school. Whoever thought that she could possibly contribute to making it a watchable film should have their cabin airlock bolts cut and be flushed out into space. She honked in Rocky but was hailed because, lets face it, anyone would have looked passable with Sly Stallone to compare against, and she honks here.

if - - you - - are - - irritated - - by - - having - - to - - read - - this - - written - - like - - a - - list - - you - - will - - know - - just - - what - - I - - mean - - it - - is - - just - - like - - briquette's - - delivery - - of - - even - - the - - simplest - - lines.

Good for a sozzled night in with nothing else to watch, but if you expect anything to draw you in and engage you as many old films of this era can, look elsewhere.

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