Night Tide

1963

Night Tide

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Total Count: 5

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Movie Info

Johnny (Dennis Hopper) is a sailor on leave attending a carnival side show. He falls in love with a woman posing as a mermaid at a Venice California amusement pier before she tries to kill him during a skin diving excursion.

Cast

Dennis Hopper
as Johnny Drake
Luana Anders
as Ellen Sands
Gavin Muir
as Capt. Samuel Murdock
Marjorie Eaton
as Mme. Romanovitch
H.E. West
as Lt. Henderson
Cameron
as Woman in Black
Tom Dillon
as Merry-Go-Round Owner
Thomas P. Dillon
as Merry-Go-Round Owner
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Critic Reviews for Night Tide

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Audience Reviews for Night Tide

  • Apr 19, 2015
    Moody and atmospheric tale of a lonely young man (Dennis Hopper) and his growing affection for a pretty woman, a carny no less, with a strange secret. The cinematography, the sets (Santa Monica pier, circa early 1960's), and the supporting cast all lend themselves to what appears to be a memorable and spooky story, but then the ending drops the ball entirely. Which is too bad. The work becomes forgettable immediately ... but the spirit of the thing hangs on a bit. It wanted to be good.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2012
    Atmospherical and low key Val Lewton-esque thriller .
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2012
    A modest little film noir about a sailor falling for a sideshow mermaid who may or may not be the real item. It's easy to have affection for "Night Tide" (which achieves quite a bit with obviously limited resources) but, unfortunately, it has a humdrum ending which wrecks all the preceding story's accumulated spookiness. It also does an annoyingly poor job of tying up one loose end (an older woman who mysteriously stalks the mermaid girl). Even at just 84 minutes, this simple tale seems longer than it needs to be, but any story about a decrepit, seaside carnival is bound to have plenty of atmosphere. And the secondary characters aren't just placeholders, but add some engaging quirks of their own. Most people who seek out this film will be motivated by seeing Dennis Hopper in an early role, but his performance is rather indistinct and just repeats the same note of vague, restrained confusion. No flashy anger, and little of his usual intensity. If the lead had been a forgotten actor with talent, the film would be no worse.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2012
    Dennis Hopper plays a combination of the world's biggest rube and possibly the world's most annoyingly desperate sailor who falls for a girl who may or may not be a psychopathic mermaid. The cinematography has a certain charm and I like Night Tide for that reason alone, but the dialogue and story are cheesy and forced. The score was enjoyable in a weird way, but it definitely didn't fit this movie. The massage scene was unintentionally hilarious and full of double entendres. Do not watch this movie before 1AM on a Friday or Saturday night for the full effect. If nothing else it sets a reasonably great atmosphere. Don't expect anything and you may enjoy it.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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