Black Moon Rising (1986)




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A John Carpenter story served as the launching pad for Black Moon Rising. Veteran thief Quint (Tommy Lee Jones) is hired by the FBI to steal some politically volatile computer tapes. The owners of the tapes are displeased, and begin chasing Quint all over the countryside. Just when he's about to surrender his booty, Quint's car -- wherein the tapes are stored -- is stolen by Nina (Linda Hamilton). She delivers the car to her corporate-villain boyfriend Ryland (Robert Vaughn), who runs a hot auto ring. Nina then has second thoughts and decides to throw in with Quint...and round and round we go. The "Black Moon" of the title is the name Quint's high-tech, low-slung vehicle.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure
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Starmaker Entertainment


Richard Jaeckel
as Earl Windom
Lee Ving
as Ringer
William Sanderson
as Tyke Thayden
Keenan Wynn
as Iron John
Richard Angarola
as Dr. Melato
Don Keith Opper
as Frenchie
David Pressman
as Kid at Grocery Store
Stanley DeSantis
as The Mover
Al White
as Maintenance Man
Bill Moody
as Windbreaker Man
Dalton Cathey
as Maitre d'
Frank Dent
as Technician #1
Rudy Daniels
as Officer
Don Pulford
as Ringers Man #2
Lisa London
as Redhead
Doug MacHugh
as Casino Security #1
Carl Ciarfalio
as Ringers Man #1
Robert Vaughn
as Ed Ryland
Bubba Smith
as Johnson
Dan Shor
as Billy Lyons
Dave Adams
as Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Black Moon Rising

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

It all gets off to a cracking start, only to dwindle very rapidly into thin and predictable variations on the formulaic ploys.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Like a stolen car, it moves pretty fast, if erratically.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Cokliss's direction strains for a stylishness it doesn't achieve, yet his fundamentally straightforward style brings out the abstract design of the plot.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One long, fuel economy-eroding idle before a mildly interesting vehicle stunt. For all its potential, "Black Moon Rising" only proves history's deep, dark cracks are there for a reason and some movies are fated to fall into them at 325 miles an hour.

Full Review… | February 29, 2016

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September 14, 2005

It took three screenplay writers to concoct this rather unamazing action-thriller about cars, thieves, and dirty tricks.

August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Black Moon Rising


78% "I need that funny looking car."-Sam Quint (Tommy Lee Jones) I just have one question, is it possible to get blue balls on top of blue balls?

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

(** 1/2): [img][/img] Tommy Lee Jones is good here, but I was left bored as the film went on. A near-miss.


Very unbelievable even while TRYING to suspend belief. Probably intended as a parody, but not far-fetched enough in my opinion. It just comes across as a poor movie.

Rick LeBlanc
Rick LeBlanc

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