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Nightbreaker (1989)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 8 March 1989
Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Markle

Writers:

Howard L. Rosenberg (story "Atomic Soldiers"), T.S. Cook
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Dr. Alexander Brown - Present
Emilio Estevez ... Dr. Alexander Brown - Past
Lea Thompson ... Sally Matthews
Melinda Dillon ... Paula Brown
Joe Pantoliano ... Sgt. Jack Russell
Paul Eiding ... Dr. Roscoe Cummings
Geoffrey Blake ... Python
James Marshall ... Barney Immerman
Lance Slaughter Lance Slaughter ... Bass
Ricky Dean Logan ... Roberto
Leonard Post Leonard Post ... Dick Nebrun
Nicholas Pryor ... Col. William Devereaux
Michael Laskin ... Dr. Hatch
Tom Bower ... Dan Cutler
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Vet #1
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Storyline

Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb radiation in the Nevada desert-- will Brown help the man uncover the truth? In 1950's Nevada, Brown (played by Emilio Estevez) is a young psychiatrist and a guest of the U.S. Army, where soldiers were routinely exposed to excessive radiation. The young Brown and a colleague interview soldiers, who show their ignorance and insouciance in the face of this danger. The movie intercuts scenes between the young Alexander Brown and older Alexander Brown, some thirty years after the nuclear tests. Will the decorated psychiatrist finally speak out on the atrocity he witnessed? Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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How Close Can You Get To Hell?

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Advance to Ground Zero See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Called "Advance to ground zero" in Australia See more »

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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Good but could be better
8 June 2013 | by spkelsekladdenSee all my reviews

It is and interesting movie.With some good actors in it But could have done with some More meat on the bone. The movie spends a lot of time on the background story of Emilio's character,but spends less time on showing how he got there. Also the narration at the end could have used some more facts to give the movie more substance. You never get what happened to Lea Thompson she just seemed to be out of the picture when they switch to modern day. But its a really good movie the only problem is it left me with the feeling that a lot of stuff ended up on the cutting room floor,which make the story seem a bit thin. I dunno how much effort they've put in it, but i feel the story got a lot of unused potential.


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