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Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)

An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, after he takes a trip to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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Tom Schiller

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Tom Schiller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Galligan ... Adam Beckett
Apollonia van Ravenstein Apollonia van Ravenstein ... Mara Hofmeier
Lauren Tom ... Eloy
Sam Jaffe ... Father Knickerbocker
Paul Rogers ... Hugo
Bill Murray ... Ted Breughel
Imogene Coca ... Daisy Schackman
Dan Aykroyd ... Buck Heller
Mort Sahl ... Uncle Mort
Anita Ellis Anita Ellis ... Aunt Anita
Eddie Fisher ... Himself
Jan Tríska ... Swedish Architect
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Helen Flagella
Clarice Taylor ... Lu
John Garson John Garson ... Maurice Blaget / Conductor
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Storyline

An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City's Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, after he takes a trip to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

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PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Produced in 1982, the film was shelved by MGM after poor reception at advance screenings. It's had rare airings on European television, and later aired on American TV. Its most recent airing was January 2015, as part of Turner Classic Movies' TCM Underground (2006) series. See more »

Goofs

After the bus changes its destination sign to "The Moon", in the next shot when it starts to drive off, the sign has reverted back to "New York City". See more »

Quotes

Ted Breughel: It's that kid! I knew he was gonna be a problem. Let's go get him! Let's go... get him!
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Alternate Versions

One print of the film omits the nude scene at the Port Authority Testing Center. However, this same print does contain two scenes that MGM forced the director to remove from the final film:
  • 1. An extension of the opening newsreel, in which narrator Paul Frees announces that the state of California has been destroyed in an earthquake.
  • 2. After speaking with the Swedish architect in the train, Adam runs to the window and says "I hereby end my staying here for my return to the United States. I pray to God, the Buddha, James Joyce, Ramakrishna and Jesus the Christ that I will become an artist, no matter what."
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Soundtracks

It's Only a Paper Moon
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, Billy Rose
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A charming and engaging comic fantasy
19 May 1999 | by barfly99See all my reviews

It is rare that you find a film that is truly unique, but NOTHING LASTS FOREVER is one of those films. It looks at times like a 'thirties romance, at others like a 'fifties B-movie, but plays like neither. Clever, witty dialogue is spiced up with pretty songs, and Zach Galligan is surprisingly likeable as the aspiring artist in a surreal New York. Although in many ways a slight and insubstantial film, its gentle, off-the-wall charm makes it a quite unforgettable viewing experience. After all, how many other films have you seen recently featuring an Hawaiian dance routine set on the moon?


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