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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

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A new species of terror 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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The contacts that Vin Diesel wore to play Riddick were a prototype. After the first day of filming, when they tried to remove the contact lenses, they couldn't. Due to where they were filming, they had to have an optometrist flown in from the nearest town, three hours away. Diesel called the contacts hubcaps. See more »

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Solar power doesn't "work" in the manner suggested by the film. The cells would charge batteries which would then be used to drive motors. A solar system that required constant light to run would be inefficient and completely useless at night. The solar dune buggy would have charged its battery system and then run so long as the batteries were charged. The same would go for any of the lights or equipment powered by the solar cells;

(however, given that the planet is continuously bathed in light, there would be no need to store solar power, so the equipment may not have had batteries.) This "correction" makes even less sense as (again) there would be no advantages to constructing a vehicle that runs only when light hits it. The panels can become dirty or even inactive, which is why there are BATTERIES in the system which are charged by the solar panels. 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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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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How to survive in pitch black?
10 May 2005 | by NightfallRavenSee all my reviews

Pitch Black is a survival story. It's about how to survive in an hostile, alien world against even more hostile enemies. The task gets even more difficult when the nearest enemies can be found within your own surviving group.

The plot of Pitch Black is quite usual and has been seen several times before in different variations. But what makes this movie shine above others, is it's well-written characters.

The group consists of very different people with few more interesting than the others: Jack, a boy with a secret; Fry, a pilot having hard time with her own conscience; Johns, a bounty- hunter with a drug-habit; Imam, a holy man facing the fact that God is sometimes cruel and Riddick, a convict and a murderer learning to value others, not only himself. Characters start to live in the movie. They aren't only paper like in many other movies of this genre. You start to care for the characters, especially for Riddick though that feels quite odd. He is supposed to be the bad guy. In this movie, the line between light and pitch black is very thin. All characters are familiar with both.

Other thing that works in this movie is the casting. Rarely do actors fit to their roles this well. Radha Mitchell is suitable for Fry. Cole Hauser brings the right amount of cruelness and sense of responsibility for Johns. But the most impressive work is done by Vin Diesel. He does great job as Riddick. In his hands Riddick is quite creepy, definitely very dangerous and also deep character, just as he is supposed to be.

So, how do you survive in Pitch Black? Keep your friends close and enemies even closer.


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