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Directed by Walter Hill (credited as Thomas Lee)
Francis Ford Coppola (uncredited)
Jack Sholder (uncredited)
Produced by Ash R. Shaw
Daniel Chuba
Jamie Dixon
Associate Producer:
James Robert Johnston
Executive Producer:
Ralph S. Singleton
Written by Story:
William Malone
Daniel Chuba
David C. Wilson
Starring James Spader
Angela Bassett
Music by David C. Williams
Cinematography Lloyd Ahern II
Editing by Michael Schweiter
Melissa Kent
Francis Ford Coppola (uncredited)
Freeman A. Davies (uncredited)
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists
Release date(s) January 14, 2000
Running time 1hr 27mins
Language English
Budget $90 million
Gross revenue $14,828,081

Supernova is a 2000 science fiction film, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists. The film was written by David C. Wilson, William Malone and Daniel Chuba and directed by Walter Hill, credited as "Thomas Lee."

"Thomas Lee" was chosen as a directorial pseudonym for release, as the name Alan Smithee had become too well-known as a badge of a film being disowned by its makers.

Originally developed in 1988 by director William Malone as "Dead Star" with paintings by H.R. Giger and a plot that had been called "Hellraiser in outer space."

The cast featured James Spader as Nick Vanzant, Angela Bassett as Kaela Evers, Robert Forster as A.J. Marley, Lou Diamond Phillips as Yerzy Penalosa, Peter Facinelli as Karl Larson, Robin Tunney as Danika Lund, and Wilson Cruz as Benjamin Sotomejor. This movie was shot by cinematographer Lloyd Ahern and scored by composers David C. Williams and Burkhard Dallwitz.

Supernova received a MPAA rating of PG-13, and was filmed in color with DTS sound.


Plot summary

Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a captain and pilot (Robert Forster), a co-pilot (James Spader), a medical officer (Angela Bassett), a medical technician (Lou Diamond Phillips), a search and rescue paramedic (Robin Tunney), and a computer technician (Wilson Cruz). When their vessel, the Nightingale 229, answers an emergency distress signal from a comet mining operation in a distant galaxy, the crew soon finds itself in danger from the mysterious young man (Peter Facinelli) they rescue, the alien artifact he's smuggled aboard, and the gravitational pull of a giant star about to go supernova.



Supernova was widely panned by most reviewers. Rotten Tomatoes, for example, gives it a mere 10% rating.[1] A New York Times reviewer called it "light on originality and low on suspense though high on design and special effects."[2]

See also


  1. ^ Supernova - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ van Gelder, Lawrence (January 15, 2000). "Supernova (2000)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-10.  

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