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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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I Love You For Ever
Composed by Kornell Kovach
Lyrics by Zeljko Mijanovic
Sung by Djordje Nikolic
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Brad Pitt saves this film
24 July 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I saw the review of the film last night and since it was a Brad Pitt film and the plot sounded interesting, I looked anxious for it.

I can't say I didn't enjoy the film, it was touching and Brad Pitt did a good job considering it was one of his first roles, and the girl was pretty OK. However, I think his character lacked a bit in depth and sending emotion. The meeting scene in the bar was well done and their dialogues were pleasant, if not for being too deep, then just for Brad Pitt's presence.

But I expected much more from such an interesting story line, and I think the fault for the final outcome is definitely the director's. The film lacked a lot in credibility, and what could have been a really tear jerker left me unable to cry, but with a lump in my throat and the feeling something was wrong about the movie...

The ending scene with him completely full of blisters looked very unbelievable, when just the evening before he only had a few red lines on his chest. It's true the magic 3 day period was over, but it couldn't have happened all so suddenly.

Then his skin and hair looking so perfect, considering he had spent all his life trapped in that suffocating leather costume...The fight scene, totally bad, when his father knocks three guys down with a slap...And a scene with a topless bimbo, disgusting and out of place.

But if able to ignore some cheesy scenes and concentrate on Brad Pitt's performance, the film is not bad after all. It's just that it could have been much better...


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