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The Vast of Night (2019)

Set at the dawn of the space-race over the course of one night in 1950s New Mexico, a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ uncover a strange frequency that could change their lives, their small town, and all of Earth - forever.

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Andrew Patterson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sierra McCormick ... Fay Crocker
Jake Horowitz ... Everett
Gail Cronauer ... Mabel Blanche
Bruce Davis ... Billy (voice)
Cheyenne Barton Cheyenne Barton ... Bertsie
Gregory Peyton Gregory Peyton ... Benny Wade
Mallorie Rodak ... Susan Oliver
Mollie Milligan ... Marjorie Seward
Ingrid Fease ... Gretchen Hankins
Brandon Stewart ... Sam
Kirk Griffith ... Lon Stemmons
Nika Sage McKenna ... Daisy Oliver
Brett Brock ... Fred Seward
Pam Dougherty ... Mrs. McBroom / Jane Greer / Winfred
Lynn Blackburn ... Ruth Reynolds
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Set at the dawn of the space-race over the course of one night in 1950s New Mexico, a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ uncover a strange frequency that could change their lives, their small town, and all of Earth - forever. THE VAST OF NIGHT falls down the rabbit hole of the Twilight Zone and carefully stitches together a narrative scavenger hunt through dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call. With confounding tracking camera work throughout, rapid fire dialogue and period perfect jargon, THE VAST OF NIGHT drops viewers into a time and town hidden away from outsiders. And whose mysteries only present themselves to those curious and patient enough to hear them. Written by Mitch Swan

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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Texas, USA See more »

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GED Cinema See more »
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2.40 : 1
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Lovely, eerie sci-fi tale
2 June 2019 | by mymangodfreySee all my reviews

The Vast of Night has an immersive period look and feel, an excellent score (and equally strong sound design), and special effects that are used sparingly and convincingly. I get the impression that for every dollar spent on this production, ten dollars somehow ended up on the screen. The level of craft here is pretty high.

What's most impressive about the movie is its pair of lead performances. These two nerdy small-town dreamers are believable and charming; we feel their low-key affection for each other, and quickly begin to love them ourselves. The supporting cast is top-notch all the way through: natural and understated-but this is almost a movie for two actors, and they're so damn good they carry the movie.

This is a quiet movie about small-town life in 1958 that becomes something bigger in an unexpectedly moving way.

The Twilight Zone framing device was stylish but unnecessary, and the movie would have been better off without it. Other than that, this movie is hard to fault.


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