When the deep-space rescue ship Nightingale 229 answers a distress call from a mining planet, the crew — led by pilot Nick Vanzant (James Spader) — leaps light-years to find a lone survivor (Peter Facinelli). But when the man joins them onboard, crew members start disappearing. It seems a mysterious alien artifact that he’s smuggled onto the ship is affecting a nearby star, whose gravitational pull has put the entire galaxy in danger.
Walter Hill (born January 10, 1940) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Hill is known for male-dominated action films and revival of the Western.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California. Growing up in southern California, Hill was asthmatic as a child and, as a result, missed several years of school. He spent much of his time daydreaming, reading comic books, and listening to radio serials. Hill said his father and grandfather were “smart, physical men who worked with their heads and their hands” and had “great mechanical ability.” His paternal grandfather was a wildcat oil driller. Hill worked in the oil fields as a roustabout on Signal Hill near Los Angeles during summers of the latter part of his high school years and several more years while in college. During one summer, he ran an asbestos pipe-cutting machine and worked as a spray painter. After a stint at Mexico City College, he later majored in history at Michigan State University.
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He was born in 1939 in Detroit, USA, but he grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father was a composer and musician Carmine Coppola. His mother had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University, and did graduate work at UCLA in filmmaking. He was training as assistant with filmmaker Roger Corman, working in such capacities as soundman, dialogue director, associate producer and, eventually, director of Dementia 13 (1963), Coppola’s first feature film. During the next four years, Coppola was involved in a variety of script collaborations, including writing an adaptation of This Property is Condemned, by Tennessee Williams (with Fred Coe and Edith Sommer), and screenplays for Is Paris Burning?, and Patton, the film for which Coppola won a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award. In 1966, Coppola’s 2nd film brought him critical acclaim and a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 1969, Coppola and George… read more
Jack Sholder (born June 8, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a director, best known for his work in the horror film genre, notably Alone in the Dark, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, The Hidden, and Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies.
In the DVD commentary of The Hidden Jack Sholder states that his favorite film director is Jean Renoir.
He currently works as a teacher at Western Carolina University in the department of stage and screen. —Wikipedia
Watched this because I read about what could have been in the great book THE GREATEST SCI FI MOVIES NEVER MADE. Obviously it's a mess but there are actually a lot of intriguing ideas here. Too many really, which is part of the problem; someone needed to say, hey, let's save this or that idea for a different flick. Enjoyable disaster.