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The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)

Traveling in search of a cure for a rare skin disease, a man finds freedom and love along the way.


Bozidar 'Bota' Nikolic (as Bozidar Nikolic)


Zeljko Mijanovic (screenplay), Andrew Horton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Boyd ... Father
Brad Pitt ... Rick
Cheryl Pollak ... Frances
Constantin Nitchoff Constantin Nitchoff
Milena Dravic ... Mother
Gorica Popovic Gorica Popovic ... Nina
Sonja Savic Sonja Savic
Nikola Jovanovic Nikola Jovanovic
Boro Begovic Boro Begovic
Milan Sretenovic Milan Sretenovic ... (as Milan Sretenovic-Globus)
Andjelo Arandjelovic Andjelo Arandjelovic ... (as Angelo Arangelovic)
Sreten Mitrovic Sreten Mitrovic
Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic ... Vidar (the healer) (as Stole Arangelovic)
Ras Rastoder Ras Rastoder
Vladan Banovic Vladan Banovic


Traveling in search of a cure for a rare skin disease, a man finds freedom and love along the way.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They needed a miracle for their love to survive


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Brad Pitt and costar Cheryl Pollak would reunite a year later in 1989 - again playing boyfriend and girlfriend - on season 3 episode 2 of Thirtysomething. See more »


Rick: He has a rare skin disease. I mean, like, a hundred people in the world have it. It's, uh, an extreme variation of dermatitis herpetiformis or something like that. Um, and because of this, he can't expose himself to any light, especially sunlight, or else...
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Crazy Credits

At the end credits no character names are given next to the actors name. Instead the supporting actors are listed under 'Supporting Players' and actors with bit parts are listed under 'Other Players'. See more »


Air on a G String
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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User Reviews

Brad Pitt saves this film
24 July 2005 | by adinutzza2001See all my reviews

I saw the review of the film last night and since it was a Brad Pitt film and the plot sounded interesting, I looked anxious for it.

I can't say I didn't enjoy the film, it was touching and Brad Pitt did a good job considering it was one of his first roles, and the girl was pretty OK. However, I think his character lacked a bit in depth and sending emotion. The meeting scene in the bar was well done and their dialogues were pleasant, if not for being too deep, then just for Brad Pitt's presence.

But I expected much more from such an interesting story line, and I think the fault for the final outcome is definitely the director's. The film lacked a lot in credibility, and what could have been a really tear jerker left me unable to cry, but with a lump in my throat and the feeling something was wrong about the movie...

The ending scene with him completely full of blisters looked very unbelievable, when just the evening before he only had a few red lines on his chest. It's true the magic 3 day period was over, but it couldn't have happened all so suddenly.

Then his skin and hair looking so perfect, considering he had spent all his life trapped in that suffocating leather costume...The fight scene, totally bad, when his father knocks three guys down with a slap...And a scene with a topless bimbo, disgusting and out of place.

But if able to ignore some cheesy scenes and concentrate on Brad Pitt's performance, the film is not bad after all. It's just that it could have been much better...

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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Side of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Kotor, Montenegro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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