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Nothing Lasts Forever
Directed by Tom Schiller
Produced by Lorne Michaels
Written by Tom Schiller
Starring Zach Galligan
Lauren Tom
Sam Jaffe
Bill Murray
Imogene Coca
Dan Aykroyd
Eddie Fisher
Rosemary De Angelis
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Fred Schuler
Editing by Kathleen Dougherty
Margot Francis
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) September 1984 (USA)
Running time 82 min.
Language English
Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue Unknown)

Nothing Lasts Forever is a 1984 movie starring a number of high profile Hollywood actors. It was directed by Tom Schiller, who had previously worked on Saturday Night Live. Although widely regarded as a classic, and highly sought after, the movie was given only a very limited theatrical release, and, as of 2009 has not been released on home video.

The movie stars Zach Galligan and Lauren Tom in the lead roles, with a supporting cast including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sam Jaffe and Mort Sahl. John Belushi was to appear in the film, but he died 6 weeks before production began [1].

The making of the film, through interviews with Tom Schiller, Lorne Michaels, Zach Galligan, Lauren Tom, Bill Murray and others involved with the film, is chronicled in the book Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller by Michael Streeter (BearManor Media, 2005).

Legal status

A Warner Brothers spokesman stated in 2003 and again in February 2006 that the film cannot be released for unspecified "legal difficulties" [2][3]. The film includes a large number of clips to give it the feel of the 1930s, and it is possible that getting copyright clearance for these clips has proved difficult. In 2007, another chat was conducted and Warner claimed it was "on the middle burner -- not the front, but not the back." It is possible that this means the legal issues have been cleared up, but this was not explicitly stated.

Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd have both agreed to take part in DVD special features, should the film be finally released [4]. Murray and Schiller held a screening of the film on April 13, 2004 at the BAM Cinematek in Brooklyn, New York [5] [6]. On September 6, 2005, Murray, Schiller and Zach Galligan attended another screening, this time at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater[7]. The screening was followed by a Q&A session and a book signing of Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller[8]. The film was shown on November 6, 2009 at Olympia's Capitol Theater as part of the opening night of the Olympia Film Festival [9].


The plot concerns a young man (Galligan) who dreams of becoming an artist. On returning to his relatives in Manhattan, he finds that the Port Authority has taken control of the city, and is forced to work in a menial job under a trigger-happy boss (Aykroyd). His kindness to a tramp leads him to be taken into an underground network where he discovers that the city's tramps are controlling the destiny of all the cities in the world. They instruct him to travel to the moon on a mission to spread peace and find his true love (Lauren Tom). Galligan accidentally finds a bus travelling to the moon. Bill Murray plays the bus conductor.

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