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John's life has become a nightmare. He is hunted by the police for a series of murders he knows nothing about, a woman who claims to be his wife is after him, and so is a mysterious "doctor". But his worst trouble is the strangers, a series of vastly powerful beings who seem to manipulate just about everything in the city, and want him because of the extraordinary powers he manifested. John decides to find out what is happening in his city; why is it always night? And why can nobody tell him a way to leave the city?
They built the city to see what makes us tick. Last night one of us went off.
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Title: Dark City
Release Date: February 27, 1998
Runtime: 100 mins
All Genres: Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for violent images and some sexuality.
Rufus Sewell ...John Murdoch
William Hurt ...Inspector Frank Bumstead
Kiefer Sutherland ...Dr. Daniel P. Schreber
Jennifer Connelly ...Emma Murdoch / Anna
Richard O'Brien ...Mr. Hand
Ian Richardson ...Mr. Book
Bruce Spence ...Mr. Wall
Colin Friels ...Det. Eddie Walenski
John Bluthal ...Karl Harris
Mitchell Butel ...Officer Husselbeck
Melissa George ...May
Frank Gallacher ...Chief Insp. Stromboli
Ritchie Singer ...Hotel Manager / Vendor
Justin Monjo ...Taxi Driver
Nicholas Bell ...Mr. Rain
Satya Gumbert ...Mr. Sleep
Noah Gumbert ...Mr. Sleep Filming Double
Frederick Miragliotta ...Mr. Quick
Peter Sommerfeld ...Stranger
Timothy Jones ...Stranger
Jeanette Cronin ...Stranger
Paul Livingston ...Assistant Stranger
Michael Lake ...Assistant Stranger
David Wenham ...Schreber's Assistant
Alan Cinis ...Automat Cop
Bill Highfield ...Automat Cop
Terry Bader ...Mr. Jeremy Goodwin
Rosemary Traynor ...Mrs. Sylvia Goodwin
Edward Grant ...Hotel Manager (as Edward Grant II)
Maureen O'Shaughnessy ...Kate Walenski
» [more cast members]
Michael De Luca
David S. Goyer
Dark City Horror Film Trailer 1
"Le Chale Bleu"
"The Night Has 1000 Eyes"
More Movie Taglines:
- They built the city to see what makes us tick. Last night one of us went off.
- Forget the Sun. Forget Time. Forget Your Memories.
- Darkness Falls Soon
- A world where the night never ends. Where man has no past. And humanity has no future.
- You are not who you think you are
- [first lines] Dr. Schreber: [voiceover] First there was darkness, then came the strangers.
Dr. Schreber: Remember John, never talk to strangers!
Mr. Hand: Sleep, now.
Mr. Hand: [stomps on a newspaper clipping] So it seems you discovered your unpleasant nature. John Murdoch: Who are you? Mr. Hand: We might ask the same question, yes? Sleep... now.
Mr. Wall: She knows nothing, Mr. Hand. Mr. Hand: A dead end... Yes, Mr. Wall? Mr. Wall: We thought his imprint would allow us to track him, but instead we have been brought here. This is irrational. Mr. Hand: Instincts are irrational, Mr. Wall, and we must follow where they lead... Yes? Mr. Rain: Mr. Sleep suggests that he might go to places familiar... His job... [is interrupted by Mr. Hand] Mr. Hand: He does not care about our job... [is interrupted by Mr. Wall] Mr. Wall: Indulge us, Mr. Hand. If you were Murdoch... Yes? Mr. Hand: If I were Murdoch... I would remember how my wife had hurt me by sleeping with another man. And then, I would look for a way to hurt her in return... Leave me alone with her [May] Mr. Hand: , there is work to be done.
- At the beginning of the film, there is a brief shot of the movie theatre which says "Now Showing, The Evil, Late Show Nightly" and to the right, "Coming Attractions, Book of Dreams" (a previous film by Alex Proyas). At the end of the movie the marquee still says Book of Dreams: 'Welcome to Crateland' (1994) is coming soon, even though the theater and marquee have changed.
New Line Cinema forced Alex Proyas to include the opening narration by Kiefer Sutherland, which Proyas objected to, saying it was unnecessary. The narration gives away several key plot twists and consequently many fans of the film prefer to watch it with the sound turned off during the narration until Sutherland looks at his pocket watch.
There were many deliberate anachronisms to give the viewer a feeling of confusion of the time of the film.
Has one of the shortest Average shot lengths (ASL) of any modern narrative production at 1.8 seconds. This means there is a cut almost every 2 seconds.
Alex Proyas wrote the part of Mr. Hand especially for Richard O'Brien.
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