In 1984, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd made a black-and-white, sci-fi comedy that is quirky and convincing as a classic-era production. Saturday Night Live alum Tom Schiller wrote and directed Nothing Lasts Forever — about “an artist [who] 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, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.”
There are a lot of famous faces in this one, including Gremlins star Zach Galligan in the lead role. The oft-missed John Belushi was set to make an appearance, even, but he died seven weeks before the film started shooting. Movie-music god Howard Shore provided the soundtrack. So why the heck haven’t we seen this thing until recently?
It seems that all it took was one negative test screening for MGM to shelve the picture. “There was a test screening in Seattle. Also, when I finished it, the studio said it was an 'art film,' and that wasn’t so great,” Schiller explained in 2010. “And it was also asked to go to the Cannes Film Festival two years in a row, but MGM wouldn’t let it. It was eventually licensed to European television: France, Germany, Andorra—weird countries. But actually, I like that.”
Watch the (previously, but still mostly) lost Billy Murray movie with us, below.
[Spotted via IGN]
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