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Lightning Over Water (1980)

91 min | Documentary

Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett in Hollywood, but flies to New York to help Ray realize his final wish. Ray's original intent is ...See moreDirector Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett in Hollywood, but flies to New York to help Ray realize his final wish. Ray's original intent is to make a fiction film about a dying painter who sails to China to find a cure for his disease. He and Wenders discuss this idea, but it is obviously unrealistic given Ray's state of health. Written by Karl Engel See less
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Peter Przygodda (version: first) | Wim Wenders (version: definitive)
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Oct 1980 (United States)

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Gerry Bamman
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Ronee Blakley
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Pierre Cottrell
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Mitch Dubin
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Becky Johnston
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Tom Kaufman
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Pat Kirck
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Edward Lachman
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Martin Müller
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Craig Nelson
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Susan Ray
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Timothy Ray
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6.7 / 10 | 1,136 votes