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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 »

Director:

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.

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Quotes

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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Fantasy Fun!!!
1 June 2007 | by zerogirl42See all my reviews

I caught this by accident on the sci-fi channel several years ago. It's a wonderful fantasy mixed with an original storyline.

The lead character (Neal McDonough as Dr. Driscoll Rampart) is an aspiring doctor who takes his internship on an out-of-the way planet. His intention is to bring back quaint anecdotes that he can tell patients when he opens his money-making practice on Park Avenue (there's a great joke about the name, but I won't spoil it here).

Rampart doesn't take his assignment seriously. Afterall, how much can a doctor learn on a back-woods planet? As time goes on, Rampart finds out much more than he expected as he runs into shape-shifters, immortal creatures and unorthodox medical procedures. Rampart must confront his own fears as he struggles to understand his new environment.

White Dwarf does a nice job of blending science with faith, understanding and kindness; not an easy job, but necessary for the culture of Rusta (like all good sci-fi themes, its suppose to be a fictional mirror of our own culture).

I can see some sci-fi fans not enjoying White Dwarf. There aren't space battles, but White Dwarf isn't suppose to be an action film. It's more of an interesting drama with some humorous elements. It just happens to take place on another planet.

This will always be a favorite movie for me. It has good, life-lessons (it doesn't beat you over the head with them) along with being entertaining. The characters are compelling and different from anything I've seen in other films.

It's worth giving the movie a chance. I liked the mix of technologies, it's what made White Dwarf unique and creative. Keep in mind, these technologies (or lack of technologies) were only props to show a deeper story.


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