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Pitch Black (2000)

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A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

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David Twohy

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vin Diesel ... Richard B. Riddick
Radha Mitchell ... Carolyn Fry
Cole Hauser ... William J. Johns
Keith David ... Abu 'Imam' al-Walid
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Paris P. Ogilvie
Claudia Black ... Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery
Rhiana Griffith ... Jack / Jackie
John Moore John Moore ... John 'Zeke' Ezekiel
Simon Burke ... Greg Owens
Les Chantery Les Chantery ... Suleiman
Sam Sari Sam Sari ... Hassan
Firass Dirani ... Ali
Ric Anderson ... Total Stranger
Vic Wilson Vic Wilson ... Captain Tom Mitchell
Angela Moore Angela Moore ... Dead Crew Member
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Storyline

The space transport vessel "Hunter-Gratzner" carrying 40 people on-board crashes on a desert planet when the ship is struck in a meteor storm. There are only 11 survivors, among them are pilot Carolyn Fry (Who has assumed command after the ship's captain is killed), bounty hunter William J. Johns, religious man Abu Al-Walid, Antiques dealer Paris P. Ogilvie, runaway teenager Jack, settlers John 'Zeke' Ezekiel and his lover Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery, and Richard B. Riddick, a dangerous escaped convict. Marooned, the survivors discover the barren and hot desert-scape has sunlight from three suns. Not only must they find food and water and worry about Riddick, the survivors find themselves being hunted by the planet's flesh-eating alien inhabitants when the planet is engulfed in darkness, which happens every 22 years, as they emerge from underground to hunt and eat all signs of life. Fry and the survivors find Riddick is their best chance of survival, as Riddick has surgically-enhanced ... Written by Daniel Williamson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's only one rule: Stay in the light See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,015,741, 20 February 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,240,659, 5 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,187,659, 5 July 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Pitch Black (2000), Waking The Dead (2000), and Where The Money Is (2000), were the final film credits of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which merged with Universal Pictures and USA Films during production. See more »

Goofs

The planet's only night occurs during a rare planetary alignment. As the ringed planet dawns on the horizon, it progresses visibly, moving so fast that the eclipse is already happening after just 2 minutes. Any planet appearing that large would be catastrophically close, but that detail isn't as important as the fact the rate at which it is rising would mean the entire event would be finished in just 5 minutes. And that's assuming the entire body of the planet transits the primary stars. It doesn't, though. Clearly only the edge of the ringed world blots out the stars. That would mean the crew would only need to survive the next minute before they were safe again. Yet the rest of the film takes place in darkness till the very end. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Riddick: [voiceover] They say most of your brain shuts down in cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake. Transporting me with civilians. Sounded like 40, 40-plus. Heard an Arab voice. Some hoodoo holy man, probably on his way to New Mecca. But what route? What route? I smelt a woman. Sweat, boots, tool belt, leather. Prospector type. Free settlers. And they only take the back roads. And here's my real problem. Mr. Johns... the blue-eyed devil. ...
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Crazy Credits

The persons and events in this production are fictitious. No similarity to actual persons or predators, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »

Alternate Versions

Universal released an unrated Director's Cut, three minutes longer than the theatrical release. See more »

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References Sands of the Kalahari (1965) See more »

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A great ride!
29 July 2009 | by allegra-slomanSee all my reviews

From the opening crash scene - a classic, even if it does mess around with the laws of inertia - to the closing scene, this is pulse pounding sci-fi horror with a bravura performance from Vin Diesel. The CGI and effects serve the plot, and not the other way around.

The critters are fantastic (although I have to wonder what they eat when there are no hoomins around).

As with all films like this, there are a couple of troubling plot holes, but far fewer per running foot of celluloid than the average George Lucas movie, and far, far fewer than average. The direction is taut.

Quibbles. Soundtrack is very derivative in spots. To keep the George Lucas comparison going, it's partly dumbed down John Williams. That said, the score has some great creepy parts too. Science quibble.. Low oxygen results in non existent flames and complete inability to run. Character quibble... Vin Diesel's character Riddick's unusual skillset is not explained enough for my satisfaction.

But heck, none of this was enough for my willing suspension of disbelief to get more than a few spare cables cut. If you don't normally watch SF movies this is definitely one to consider, and if you like SF horror this is a must see - in fact true horror buffs might find it tame.

I am variable in how squeamish I am. Some days I can handle pretty disgusting stuff and other days I can't. This movie has a couple of pretty scary scenes, but I didn't find any of it particularly disturbing, and Vin Diesel made the whole trip worthwhile, in this, his breakout role.


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