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Dark City (1998)

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A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.

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Alex Proyas

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rufus Sewell ... John Murdoch
William Hurt ... Inspector Frank Bumstead
Kiefer Sutherland ... Dr. Daniel P. Schreber
Jennifer Connelly ... Emma Murdoch
Richard O'Brien ... Mr. Hand
Ian Richardson ... Mr. Book
Bruce Spence ... Mr. Wall
Colin Friels ... Walenski
John Bluthal ... Karl Harris
Mitchell Butel Mitchell Butel ... Husselbeck
Melissa George ... May
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ... Stromboli
Ritchie Singer ... Hotel Manager / Vendor
Justin Monjo Justin Monjo ... Taxi Driver
Nicholas Bell ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A world where the night never ends. Where man has no past. And humanity has no future. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark City See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie appears to take place in the late 1950's/early 1960's. Cars and clothing appear almost exclusively from that period. Also, in the flashback of Keifer Sutherland's character being forced to erase his own memory he's seen wearing an old-style medical smock favored by doctors of the period. This reinforces the idea that he was a kidnapped psychiatrist being used by the aliens to manipulate human memory. See more »

Goofs

(at around 18 mins) Mr. Quick meets his death when the waving arm of the Shell Beach billboard chops his skullcap off, leaving the waving arm hanging to the left of the other arm. In following close-ups, the waving arm is missing. 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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Alternate Versions

Here's most of the differences between the 1998 theatrical version and the 2008 director's cut:
  • The opening narration with Dr. Schreber's voice has been omitted in the director's cut
  • A bunch of the shots with John tuning have been altered/replaced
  • A new subplot is added with John's unusual spiral-shaped fingerprints and how he's "evolved"
  • Some of the effects with the Strangers "true form" have been tweaked with
  • The color timing was altered to a more green and yellow tint, compared to the blue and gray tinting from the theatrical version
  • During all of Emma's singing scene's, you can now hear Jennifer Connelly's voice instead of Anita Kelsey's voice from the theatrical version
  • The shots in the opening where it shows the city about to fall asleep have been moved to a later part of the film
  • The opening scene in the bathtub has been extended
  • Some of the shots showing the dead hooker are alternative shots
  • The scene in the lobby has been extended with entirely new shots, including a shot where a lady falls from a phone booth due to her unconsciousness
  • The shot with John leaving the hotel has been extended
  • The shots with the scene when the hotel owner enters John's room and encounters the Strangers have been extended and re-arranged
  • The scene when Emma is in Schreber's office contain alternative shots and alternate dialogue
  • The shots of when we first see Bumstead playing the accordion have been re-arranged and extended
  • Dialogue was added when Bumstead investigates the victim and contain alternative shots
  • Extra dialogue between Emma and Bumstead
  • It's revealed that the hooker John goes to also has a daughter, thereby giving a different motive for his departure
  • Extra shots of when John goes up to the billboard
  • When John is up on the billboard, in the theatrical version he goes through some of the newspaper clippings and continues to stand up while doing so. However, in the director's cut, he sits down after examining some of them looking a lot more shocked.
  • Some dialogue was added at when Mr. Book is speaking to all the other Strangers in their lair
  • Extra dialogue between Emma and Bumstead while in his car
  • Alternative shots and extra/alternative dialogue of when we see Emma get out of the shower and sees John sitting down
  • Extra dialogue between Schreber and Bumstead
  • Extra dialogue between Mr. Hand and Screber plus the addition of shots with John watching the conversation going on between them and John checking out Schreber's bag
  • Extra dialogue between Mann and Frau while having dinner
  • Extra dialogue between Schreber and Mr. Hand
  • When the Strangers have another meeting in their lair, extra dialogue was added and also contain alternative shots
  • Alternative shot of when John sees the newspaper salesmen and remembers that he was also the hotel owner
  • When Walenski confronts John about there being no way out, Walenski has an extra line of dialogue in the theatrical version, "You're not a killer. They set you up with a fake identity, Iike everyone else here."
  • Extra dialogue between Emma and Mr. Hand
  • The scene of when John is looking through photos of his "past" contain longer shots
  • Extra dialogue between Emma and Bumstead
  • A new scene was added showing the dead hooker's daughter hiding under the bed
  • The scene when Bumstead confronts John contains alternate shots
  • Extra dialogue between John and Emma
  • Extra dialogue between John and Schreber along with alternative shots
  • The entire scene with John, Bumstead, and Schreber in the car has been extended with extra dialogue, contain alternative shots, and add a scene where John uses his tuning against Schreber to force him to help John and Bumstead find Shell Beach
  • Schreber gives extra dialogue when explaining why they're in the city
  • A bunch of the shots during the duel between John and Mr. Book have been tweaked with
  • In the theatrical version after the fight, John says to Schreber, "I'm gonna fix things"
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Connections

References Pickpocket (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Sway
Written by Norman Gimbel and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (as Pablo Beltran Ruiz)
Sung by Anita Kelsey
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Truly Dark.
14 September 2006 | by CrassActionHeroSee all my reviews

Dark City (1998) New Line Cinema.

Review: Dark City being directed by Alex Proyas, who directed the dark thriller The Crow, I had to see this movie. This is an original, dark, engaging, and one of the best movies of 1998.

The story is the best. A man who wakes up in a bathtub has no memory at all. He discovers that some ominous beings are coming after him. Who are they? What do they want? And to top it off, he is a suspect in several murders. As the story unfolds, it just gets more interesting. The look of the city is quite a sight. It has an old school comic book feel to it. The style of everything is a nice 1940's style, from clothing to the cars.

As we follow our hero, we learn more about him....or do we? What is real? What is fake? Questions keep coming up but, are their any answers to all these questions? Even more weird is when at the stroke of midnight, the city changes shape while everyone sleeps.

Our hero is also followed by an honest detective, Insp. Bumstead, who just wants answers to the murders and gets involved in the mystery too. Our hero wants to look for one location that could unlock the mystery to everything. What could it be?

Another strong point here is the acting is excellent. Rufus Sewell plays his role with conviction and passion. The casting is flawless.

The Last Word: Awesome flick. This is a movie that is excellent brain food. It makes you think....a lot. You will most likely watch this over and over again to figure everything out. No problem. This movie never gets old. Highly recommended.


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