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The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)

Traveling in search of a cure for a rare skin disease, a man finds freedom and love along the way.


Bozidar 'Bota' Nikolic (as Bozidar Nikolic)


Zeljko Mijanovic (screenplay), Andrew Horton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Boyd ... Father
Brad Pitt ... Rick
Cheryl Pollak ... Frances
Constantin Nitchoff Constantin Nitchoff
Milena Dravic ... Mother
Gorica Popovic Gorica Popovic ... Nina
Sonja Savic Sonja Savic
Nikola Jovanovic Nikola Jovanovic
Boro Begovic Boro Begovic
Milan Sretenovic Milan Sretenovic ... (as Milan Sretenovic-Globus)
Andjelo Arandjelovic Andjelo Arandjelovic ... (as Angelo Arangelovic)
Sreten Mitrovic Sreten Mitrovic
Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic ... Vidar (the healer) (as Stole Arangelovic)
Ras Rastoder Ras Rastoder
Vladan Banovic Vladan Banovic


Traveling in search of a cure for a rare skin disease, a man finds freedom and love along the way.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They needed a miracle for their love to survive


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Brad Pitt and costar Cheryl Pollak would reunite a year later in 1989 - again playing boyfriend and girlfriend - on season 3 episode 2 of Thirtysomething. See more »


Rick: He has a rare skin disease. I mean, like, a hundred people in the world have it. It's, uh, an extreme variation of dermatitis herpetiformis or something like that. Um, and because of this, he can't expose himself to any light, especially sunlight, or else...
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Crazy Credits

At the end credits no character names are given next to the actors name. Instead the supporting actors are listed under 'Supporting Players' and actors with bit parts are listed under 'Other Players'. See more »


Brandenburg Concerto No.4 In G, BWV 1049-2. Andante
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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The man in the mask
22 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

By the time this 1988 movie got around to being released direct to video, Brad Pitt had become a superstar with a name and looks known world wide. So audiences seeing it in 1997 they knew who was behind the black leather mask.

Some truly homoerotic overtones are in The Dark Side Of The Sun where Brad Pitt because he is suffering from a rare skin disease where the contact with sunlight can be fatal. Pitt is quite the interesting package on that motorcycle dressed in black leather from top to bottom even with a leather ski mask. Had this film been released in 1988 it wouldn't have had the same impact when Pitt unmasks.

Pitt, father Guy Boyd, and mother Milena Dravic are in Yugoslavia while it was still intact on the Adriatic coast seeing a healer. Apparently these people are rich enough to look for everything that science, faith or even witchcraft has to offer.

But after Pitt meets another young American Cheryl Pollak he decides that maybe the three days he can expose himself to the sun before his skin erupts and he dies a really horrible painful death are worth the price.

The ironic twist here is that the sun and our perfect proximity to it is what sustains life on earth. It is also Pitt's instrument of death.

Pollak and Pitt make a tender Love Story like romantic couple and the Adriatic surely is a beautiful location with a romantic atmosphere.

The Dark Side Of The Sun has that interesting history. That lost footage stored for 9 years kept this film from being seen until Yugoslavia broke up after Tito's death. Would the reaction have been different had it been released in 1988 before Brad Pitt was superstar Brad Pitt?

I guess only if we slide into an alternate universe will we ever know.

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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Side of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Kotor, Montenegro See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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