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White Dwarf (1995)

In a distant future New York, medical student Driscoll Rampart accomplishes his internship at Rusta, a rural planet that doesn't revolve around its axis and therefore is divided into ... See full summary »

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Peter Markle

Writer:

Bruce Wagner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Winfield ... Dr. Akada
Neal McDonough ... Dr. Driscoll Rampart
Ele Keats ... Princess Ariel
Giuseppe Andrews ... Never the Shifter / Doug (as Joey Andrews)
Tara Graham Tara Graham ... XaXa - Younger Twin
Beverley Mitchell ... XuXu - Older Twin
Roy Brocksmith ... Guv'ner Twist
CCH Pounder ... Nurse Shabana - Light Side Clinic
Michael McGrady ... Lt. Strake
Katy Boyer ... Lady X - the Immortal Prisoner
Robert Cornthwaite ... King Joist of the Dark Side
John Dennis Johnston ... Morgus - Osh's Assistant
Ralph Drischell Ralph Drischell ... Dr. Gulpha - King Joist's Advisor
Marsha Dietlein ... Emma
James Morrison ... Peter
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In a distant future New York, medical student Driscoll Rampart accomplishes his internship at Rusta, a rural planet that doesn't revolve around its axis and therefore is divided into contrasting halves of eternal day vs. eternal night. One is a Victorian-styled colony, the other a medieval kingdom. Both leave Rampart in a state of constant wonder, as he finds his way among humans and aliens, strange dreams and even stranger reality, a dark keep and a red sea, and more universal matters of war and peace, good and bad, love and hate and sickness and health. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t@dds.nl>

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On a dying planet where a white dwarf sun rules a world divided by dark and light... A legend is about to be born.

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den vita dvärgen See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The film takes place in 3040. See more »

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All: "Two great ladies will catch your fall, they are the ones who catch us all. Their children kept them far apart; the Lady Light, the Lady Dark. Dark broken, light storm, dead spoken, dreams torn... and we will bring you home."
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Wasted potential...
24 March 2001 | by grothmagSee all my reviews

As indicated by others, excellent, original ideas... it could have been worth watching as a movie or a series, if one didn't mind overlooking the absurd blend of technologies - and I don't.

Characters have the usual fascination with recent (to us) history & literature for their allusions, but that's the curse of mediocre sci-fi. Well, that was too harsh, a few contemporary references are fun, but please...every quote by the hero shouldn't be from the period 1000 to 1150 years before the story's setting.

Alas, though...characters, at least the human ones, were absolute caricatures. Diverse, though...from the scale of travel & events we see, Rustia's not exactly huge, yet over here we have a dissipated Roman emperor-type complete with crown of laurels, over here a medieval king with the inevitable princess for our smarmy hero. Ah yes, and the sort-of orphan boy in too-short pants.

There were some good acting performances, notably Paul Winfield's Akada of course, and also surprisingly (given their minor roles) the two settlers, parents of the twins. Ah, forgotten their names, but their bath scene was the best in the film. I do mean because of the believability and sympathy, not for the more prurient reason. :)

Some shone less brightly - sadly this includes the aforementioned hero, whose apparent charm & magnetism for every inhabitant of Rustia could be used as the definition of "revealed attribute". There must have been something about him, as everyone loved him... yet... what could it have been? His early arrogance? His smirk? Oh, his smooth tongue... which brings us to...

The writing - and I apologize to those who rave about how Bruce Wagner is underrated, but the dialogue was about what I'd expect from someone in grade seven. Perhaps it was written for kids of about nine to twelve, and the writers figured the kids wouldn't be picky? Original ideas, yes, wonderful...but they were let down by the uncreative lines the actors were saddled with. I don't mean that the script needed more big words. In fact, a bit of medical technobabble in the clinic was quite good for that sort of thing, and delivered well. No, that sort of thing isn't necessary for good sci-fi...it's just that it's as if the dialogue was written in an afternoon. No spark at all.

I was optimistic, then annoyed, then sad...interesting, bizarre, slightly off-kilter feel to the whole movie (good!), but shoddy, often cliche design of characters & dialogue poisoned it.


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