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The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)

 -  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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Rick
Cheryl Pollak ...
Frances
Constantin Nitchoff
Milena Dravic ...
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Gorica Popovic ...
Nina
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
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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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They needed a miracle for their love to survive

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Air on a G String
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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An observer of life has the chance to finally live it-love, music, violence and the serious need for sun lotion.
12 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"I want to live! But sometimes I wish I had never been born" are the opening lines of 'Dark Side of the Sun'...bit melodramatic. Some might feel that some excellent performances are marred by the occasional desire by some actors to add a bit of heightened drama to what is a relatively simple film. For instance Guy Boyd's performance as the father is superb though there are some moments such as towards the end where he talks to his mentally ill wife that his performance goes a bit day time TV-ish this though was probably more to do with Nikolic's (director) need to make sure the audience don't get bored with what is essentially a film about life, namely the difference between observing it and participating in it: "I am just an observer of life" says Brad Pitt's character… yes Brad Pitt: Fight Club, Mr. and Mrs. Smith etc…only this is Brad Pit at a young age before he'd been noticed in Thelma and Louise (although 'Dark Side Of the Sun' itself wouldn't be released until six years after when all the footage had been rescued from war torn Yugoslavia, it then went straight to video so you'll probably only see it on late night TV or amongst such classics as Rambo 12 or whatever in the bargain bucket ) so expect more of a Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo and Juliet performance than Achilles in Troy. Rick (Pitt) has been stuck in a world of darkness all his life moving across the world to find a cure for his disease the next and final hope is a Yugoslavian healer, a man who Rick's dad has complete faith in to find a cure. It ain't happening basically and Rick is getting jaded with it all. The character is very much a poet and philosopher and there are plenty of high angle shots to suggest a superior quality in this pasty faced hero. "People can hide without using a mask' there's a lot of this sort of half wise half pretentious dialogue in this film which could be easily mistaken for a student work …in fact there a lot of pants bits here but hey if you like Pitt or nice little unheard films go for it; splash out a quid/dollar for it I've slatted it a bit but its alright give it a watch.


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