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Dark City (1998)

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A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Murdoch
... Inspector Frank Bumstead
... Dr. Daniel P. Schreber
... Emma Murdoch
... Mr. Hand
... Mr. Book
... Mr. Wall
... Walenski
... Karl Harris
... Husselbeck
... May
Frank Gallacher ... Stromboli
... Hotel Manager / Vendor
Justin Monjo ... Taxi Driver
... Mr. Rain
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Storyline

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violent images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dark City  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,576,953, 1 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,378,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,821,985
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The number of the motel room in which John Murdoch wakes up at the start of the film is 614. In the Bible John Chapter 6, Verse 14 talks about the coming of the Saviour. See more »

Goofs

(at around 59 mins) When on the fire escape, one of the Strangers opens the window and enters the building. In the next shot, all three Strangers are still on the fire escape. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Schreber: [voiceover] First there was darkness. Then came the strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology. The ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning". But they were dying. Their civilization was in decline, and so they abandoned their world seeking a cure for their own mortality. Their endless journey brought them to a small, blue world in the farthest corner of the galaxy. Our world. Here they ...
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The Night Has 1000 Eyes
Written by Marilyn Garrett, Dorothy Wayne (as Dottie Wayne) and Ben Weisman
Sung by Anita Kelsey
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Alex Proyas at his best - a brilliantly executed and intelligent film
14 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Ever since I first saw the first Crow film with Brandon Lee, I've been an avid fan of Alex Proyas' film making and Dark City is another amazing example of his cinematic expertise. Filmed primarily in Sydney and starring Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connoly, William Hurt and Keifer Sutherland, Dark City is an incredible piece of work with an intricate and detailed story with an even more amazingly executed motion picture behind it. The sets and visual effects have been so well thought out and performed that together with the impressive acting (including many Australian actors such as Colin Friels and that tall funny looking guy from Mad Max) the film simply sucks you in and you can fully believe that the word Proyas has created exists; which is something that not many film makers can achieve easily. From start to finish, an instant classic that will surely gain cult status as the years progress.


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