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Despite the fluttering efforts of its many thousand leathery predators, Nightwing (based on Martin Cruz Smith's first novel) never really takes off. It does inspire one or two moments of nausea, as the itinerant vampire bat colony emerges from a canyon on an American Indian reservation to dine on the living bodies of local campers. But Hiller's direction simply plods to a corny and unsatisfactory ending after getting bogged down in subplots concerning whale-oil prospectors, Indian religious mumbo-jumbo, and inter-tribal rivalries.

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Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Arthur Hiller
Screenwriter: Steve Shagan, Bud Shrake, Martin Cruz Smith
Cast: Nick Mancuso
David Warner
Kathryn Harrold
Steven Macht
Strother Martin
George Clutesi
Ben Piazza
Charles Hallahan
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