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Black Rainbow (1990)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1990
Running Times: 95 mins     113 mins
Format: colour     35mm
Ratio:
Sound: Dolby Stereo

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Goldcrest Films Ltd
Executive Producer: George A. Walker
Producers: John Quested, Geoffrey Helman
Associate Producer: Donald S. Anderson
Production Manager: Robert Warner

SCRIPT
Script: Mike Hodges

DIRECTION
Director: Mike Hodges
1st Assistant Director: Jay Tobias
2nd Assistant Director: Paula Brody

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Gerry Fisher
Camera Operator: Gordon Hayman
Camera Focus: Maurizio Dotto, George Binnersley
2nd Camera Operators: Cary Fisher, Constantine Makris
2nd Camera Focus: Herb Harbon
Camera Assistants: Penny Sprage, Bill Finger
Gaffer: John Sprague
Best Boy Electric: Lynn Dooson
Best Boy Grip: Logan Berrshire
Key Grip: Gene Poole
Grips: Rufus Granger, Eric Bartsch
Dolly Grip: Tim Bess
Stills: Phillip Caruso
Colour: Rank Film Labs

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Malcolm Cooke
1st Assistant Editor: Kerry Kohler
2nd Assistant Editor: Dominic Cooke
Location Assistant Editor: Darcy Bowman

MUSIC
Music: John Scott
Song: Christopher L. Gray (He's So Wonderful)
Songs Performed By: Lucy Williams
Lyrics: Barry Mason
Music Performed By: Gralinke Symphony Orchestra
Choir: The Choir of Canon's Cathedral, Charlotte, N.C.
Music Recorded At: Bavaria Music Studios, Munich; CBS Music Studios, Wembley
Music Recordist: Alan Snelling
Music Producer: John Fiddy
Music Editor: Kerry Kohler

SOUND
Location Sound Mixer: Blake Wilcox
Sound Mixer: Paul Carr, Brian Paxton
Boom Op: Troy Wilcox
Sound Editor: Colin Miller
Assistant Sound Editor: Bill Barringer
Dialogue Editor: Derek Holding
Assistant Dialogue Editor: Catherine Hodgson
Sound Recorded At: Roger Cherrill Ltd, London
ADR Mixer (UK): Lionel Strutt
ADR Mixer (USA): David Boulton
ADR Recorded at: Mayflower Studios, London; Sound One, New York
Vocal Effects: David Sharpe's Totally Looped Group

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up Chief: Alan Weisinger
Hulce's Make Up: Sheri Short
Hair: Victor De Nicola, Lauri Fisher
Costume Designer: Clifford Capone
Costume Supervisor: Deborah Latham
Set Costumers: Amy Lilley, Alonzo Wilson
Seamstress: C.J. Harris

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Bob Shelley's Special Effects International Inc (Bob Shelley, Bob Shelley Jr, Willard Stephens)
Titles: Rotocolor

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Voytek
Art Director: Patty Klawonn
Set Decorator: Jennifer Williams
Set Dressers: Matt Sullivan, Doug White, Fermon Judd, Peter Reeves, Ron Servicky
Prop Master: Suzy Lapick
Prop Assistant: Joseph Flacco
Construction Coordinator: Tommy Moye (Mote?), Jeffrey Schlatter
Construction Foreman: Carl Copeland
Standby Scenic: Mark S. Turner
Chargeman Scenic: Robert Testerman
Lead Painter: Carolyn Brand
Lead Person: Barbara Kahn

MISCELLANEOUS
Script Supervisor: Cornelia Rogan
Production Auditor: Barbara Miller
Assistant Auditors: Mark Bakunas, Abigail Ireland
Production Assistants: John Sanders, Jim Wiggins, Cyndie Williams, Ellen Gannon, George Howell, Jennifer K. Richardson, Paul Bosanko
Assistant to Costume Designer: Gloria Laughridge
Production Office Supervisor: Eileen Eichenstein
Trainee Coordinator: John Griffin
Production Secretary: Sandra M. Stott
Production Publicist: Joy Helman
Transportation Coordinator: Lee Siler
Transportation Captain: Bubba Forester
Helicopters: US Helicopters Inc
Craft Services: Randy Pickett, Linda Pickett

LOCATIONS
Locations: North Carolina, USA
Location Manager: David Hartley
Assistant Location Manager: Vic Griffin

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Special Thanks To: The City of Charlotte, North Carolina; The North Carolina Film Office

STUNTS
Stunts: Tom Harper, F. Ellis Edwards

CASTING
Casting: Fincannon and Associates, Judy Courtney, D.L. Newton
Casting Assistant: Pam Plummer

CAST
Rosanna Arquette (Martha Travis)
Jason Robards (Walter Travis)
Tom Hulce (Gary Wallace)
Mark Joy (Lloyd Harley)
Ron Rosenthal (Irving Weinberg)
John Bennes (Ted Silas)
Linda Pierce (Mary Kuron)
Olek Krupa (Tom Kuron)
Marty Terry (Mrs Adams)
Ed L. Gray (Geoff McBain)
Jon Thompson (Jack Callow)
Helen Baldwin (Eva Callow)
Darla N. Warner (Shirley Harley)
Christopher L. Gray (choirmaster)
Lucy Williams (choirlady)
Peter Townes (President Hotel clerk)
Dan Cox (Terminal Hotel clerk)
William Brown (Hal Faber)
Rick Warner (Jay Chatwin)
Dandy Stevenson (Mrs Koestler)
Rebecca Hogan (Mrs Anderson)
Georgia Allen (Mrs Jamais)
Brenda Mitchell (Mrs Dupont)
Princess Wilson (Mrs Kimbler)
Mert Hatfield (Mike Braddon)
Wallace Merck (Officer Monroe)
Mary Ratliff (Eunice Dole)
Ed Lillard (pastor on train)
Judy Simpson Cook (Rachel Sachs)
Willie Stratford (railroad steward)
Kay Joiner (Mrs Prior)
Jerry P. Ushing (Bud Orwell)
Muse Watson (police officer)
Herbert Eley (caretaker)
Janelle Cochrane (airline clerk)
Joe Inscoe (airline clerk no 2)
Joyce Bowden (Nurse Shelley)
George Hart (plainclothed detective)
Ivan Gleen (preacher)
James G. Martin (hotel night clerk)
Tate Gardner (Larry Harley)
Christina Taylor (Lilly Harley)
Corbin Gurkin (Cindy Harley)
Kathleen Williams, Joe Maggard, Mary Moore, Anna Morris, Dale Wright (audience)
Chuck Kinlaw (TV reporter - uncredited)

PLOT SUMMARY

A hard-bitten journalist, Gary Wallace travels the Deep South in search of Martha Travis, a young woman with whom he once had a brief but stormy affair. The story proceeds in flashback as we see a much younger Martha and her wily old alcoholic father Walter earning a living by touring North Carolina staging tacky displays of semi-fake spiritualism and mediumship. But their lives are turned upside down when Martha suddenly has genuinely psychic visions of impending doom involving employees at a local nuclear fuel plant. When her predictions of death and mayhem begin coming true, her own life is put in danger when the company hitmen come gunning for her.

CAPSULE REVIEW

A delicate, haunting and grossly under-rated supernatural thriller, well acted by a talented cast and sensitively directed. The film is brimming with beautiful images, intelligent and witty dialogue and strange but roundly-fleshed out supporting and cameo characters. Unfairly criticised in some quarters for its leisurely, measured pace, Black Rainbow emerges as one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking of the psychic phenomena movies that proliferated briefly at the end of the 1980s. It bravely refuses to bow to genre conventions, embarking instead on a multi-headed treatise on theology, belief, fear and exploitation, themes that Hodges explores with no conscessions to the action-happy mentality of the average late 80s cinemagoer, raised on a steady diet of entertaining but superficial blockbusters. (Full Review)

AVAILABILITY

Germany
DVD Distributor: EuroVideo (21555)

UK
Laserdisc Distributor: Encore (EE 1033)

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Miramax Films
Video Distributor: Media; Fox

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Argentina
Rating: 13

Chile
Rating: 14

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: 15

USA
Rating: R

AWARDS

1989
Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain

Best Actress (Rosanna Arquette) - winner
Best Screenplay (Mike Hodges) - winner

1990
Fantasporto

International Fantasy Film Award: Best Actress (Rosanna Arquette) - winner
International Fantasy Film Award: Best Film (Mike Hodges) - winner

1991
Mystfest

Best Actress (Rosanna Arquette) - winner
Best Film (Mike Hodges) - nominated

TIMELINE

1990
February

Day Unknown: Portugal - shown at the Fantasporto Film Festival

March
9: Sweden - theatrical release

June
27: France - theatrical release

August
10: Netherlands - theatrical release

1995
August

Day Unknown: UK - laserdisc release (Encore (EE 1033))

1999
May

11: Germany - DVD release (EuroVideo (21555))

POSTER TAGS

She can see the killer's face. She knows the victim's name. The only thing she doesn't know ... is when the murder will take place.

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Arcobaleno nero - Italian title
O Arco-Íris Negro - Portugese title
Más allá del arco iris
- Spanish title
Svart regnbĺge - Swedish title

REFERENCES

PERIODICALS

Premičre July 1990 p.17 (France)
review (by Thierry Decourcelle)

Studio July / August 1990 p.15 (France)
review (by Denis Parent)

BOOKS

Creature Features Strikes Again p.45
credits, review (by John Stanley)

Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991 - 1992 p.45
credits, review

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits

KEYWORDS

psychics, religion, predictions, disasters

 


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