CANNON MONTH 2: Black Moon Rising (1986)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Black Moon Rising was not produced by Cannon but was sold on videotape in the UK by Cannon Screen Entertainment Limited. If you want to read another take on this movie, click here.

John Carpenter wrote this film around the time of Escape from New York but didn’t end up directing it. After some rewrites by William Gray and Desmond Nakano, it ended up being directed by Harley Cokeliss (BattletruckDream Demon).

Sam Quint (Tommy Lee Jones) is a thief hired by the FBI to steal evidence against The Lucky Dollar Corporation of Las Vegas. He’s being followed by former friend Marvin Ringer (Lee Ving) so he hides the disk on a car known as the Black Moon which is on its way for Los Angeles and being driven by Earl Windom (Richard Jaeckel).

The Black Moon was designed by Bernard Beaujardins and Clyde Kwok and made by Wingho Auto Classique. Based on the 1980 Wingho Concordia II, it only had one model built and the stunt cars were molded after the hero car. The third car used was just an interior. In the movie, the car can go at least 325 miles an hour which has to be completely out of control to drive.

FBI agent Johnson (Bubba Smith) meets with Quint, who demands more money from all the danger. Well, it gets crazier when a gang of car thieves led by Nina (Linda Hamilton) takes it. Now Quint has three days to get the disk back or not get paid.

With a cast that has William Sanderson, Robert Vaughn, Keenan Wynn, Dan Shor, Don Keith Opper and Nick Cassavetes, the lead role was originally intended for Charles Bronson. Also, if you think the theme is familiar, it’s the same tune that plays in Blue Thunder.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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