The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  21 December 1988 (USA)
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Traveling in search of a cure for a rare skin disease, a man finds freedom and love along the way.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl Pollak ...
Constantin Nitchoff
Milena Dravic ...
Gorica Popovic ...
Sonja Savic
Nikola Jovanovic
Boro Begovic
Milan Sretenovic ...
(as Milan Sretenovic-Globus)
Andjelo Arandjelovic ...
(as Angelo Arangelovic)
Sreten Mitrovic
Stole Arandjelovic ...
Vidar (the healer) (as Stole Arangelovic)
Ras Rastoder
Vladan Banovic


Traveling in search of a cure for a rare skin disease, a man finds freedom and love along the way.

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They needed a miracle for their love to survive


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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21 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El lado oscuro del sol  »

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Did You Know?


The film was shot in pre-war Yugoslavia during the summer of 1988. As editing neared completion civil war tore apart the region and much of the footage was lost. In 1996, after a five-year search, all of the lost footage was found and returned to producer Andjelo Arandjelovic, who worked on getting a distribution deal for the film, before it ended up getting released direct-to-video. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end credits no character names are given next to the actors name. Instead the supporting actors are listed under 'Supporting Players' and actors with bit parts are listed under 'Other Players'. See more »


Air on a G String
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Good storyline doesn't necessarily equal great movie
10 December 2001 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

It was nice to see a really old movie (okay not old, but from the 1980s) starring a really young Brad Pitt in a movie that could have actually had some potential. (and I stress "could have")

"The Dark Side of the Sun" had some potential to be a great movie. The storyline was definately there: a young man, whom throughout his whole life has had to live in darkness because of a skin disease, longs for the intimacy that he could never have. So because of his skin disease, the only way that he could live life was if a) the windows in his home were all shut tight and b) if he traveled around on a motorcycle with a leather suit that showed no skin.

Not that the movie's heart was in the wrong place: I mean, it shows that whole angsty-longing we have as we grow from teens to adults. We all want something that we probably can never have. And it kills us to know that. And it also brought up a very interesting skin disease that most people (or myself) didn't know about. So it educated the viewer as well.

The main problem with the movie? Just the acting. It was horrible. Not that *I* could do a better job, but my goodness. Brad Pitt was definitely good (can't really deny that sparkly smile and bright baby blues), but as for some of the other co-stars that I won't mention, it just made some of the dialogue a little, hokey. Particularly one scene, which was just awful. I laughed instead of, I guess, cried (it was a weepy moment). But for some reason...I stuck it through. I watched this movie, even though it was difficult.

To sum it up: storyline good, some of the acting bad, lame dialogue, Brad Pitt rules all. Amen.

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