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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Jim Wheat (story), Ken Wheat (story) | 3 more credits »
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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
John Moore John Moore ... John 'Zeke' Ezekiel
Simon Burke ... Greg Owens
Les Chantery ... Suleiman
Sam Sari Sam Sari ... Hassan
Firass Dirani ... Ali
Ric Anderson Ric Anderson ... Total Stranger
Vic Wilson Vic Wilson ... Captain Tom Mitchell
Angela Moore Angela Moore ... Dead Crew Member
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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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Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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In the original version of the script titled Nightfall, the female outlaw Tara Krieg is of an interstellar tribe of barbarians. Tara Kreig was rewritten as Richard B. Riddick. In the sequel The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Riddick is revealed to be from a race of warriors known as The Furyans. See more »

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Paris says that spirits "over 45 proof burn quite well". Spirits over 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume) are highly flammable. Lower proof spirits need to be warmed before their vapor can be ignited. See more »

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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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A Very Pleasant Surprise; Good Performance By Vin Diesel
9 July 2009 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Exciting and interesting from the start, I have to say that while I approached this movie with at best limited expectations I came away from it pleasantly surprised. Vin Diesel is not really my cup of tea as an actor, but in fact he put on a very good performance in this futuristic sci-fi drama as Richard Riddick, a convicted murderer who's being transported to prison on a spaceship that crashlands on a strange alien world. Once there, the survivors discover that there are terrifying creatures who come out only in the dark, which at first doesn't seem much of a problem since the planet has three suns and is never dark. They then discover, though, that the planet is about to go into an eclipse, plunging it into complete darkness for an unknown length of time, and releasing the creatures to hunt them down.

Diesel's Riddick ends up as the hero of the movie, because he has surgically enhanced eyesight that allows him to see in the dark, and so he takes on the task of leading the others to safety. This movie is at times frightening, and on the odd occasion graphic, but not gratuitously so. A lot of effort was put by director David Twohy into developing the character of Riddick, and into portraying the change as the others slowly learn to trust him with their lives. I thought it slowed down a bit in the last third or so of the movie, and somehow became less interesting once the creatures were actually released by the eclipse. There seemed to be far more suspense as the survivors tried to figure out some of the mysteries of the planet and as they faced the approaching darkness. Once the darkness came, in some ways the movie became a pretty standard sci-fi monster type of movie. Still, it was a lot better than I had expected it to be. 7/10


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USA | Australia

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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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,577,688, 20 February 2000

Gross USA:

$39,240,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,187,659
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2.39 : 1
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