Nightbreaker (film)

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Directed byPeter Markle
Produced byMartin Sheen
William R. Greenblatt
Jeffrey Auerbach
Written byHoward L. Rosenberg and T. S. Cook
StarringMartin Sheen
Emilio Estevez
Joe Pantoliano
Lea Thompson
Music byPeter Bernstein
CinematographyRonald Víctor García
Edited byStephen E. Rivkin
Distributed byTurner Home Entertainment
Release date
  • March 8, 1989 (1989-03-08)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

Nightbreaker (also known as Advance to Ground Zero in the United Kingdom) is a 1989 television film starring Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Joe Pantoliano and Lea Thompson.[1] Originally chosen for production by Ted Turner, personally, to kick off his fledgling network, TNT. Nightbreaker won the Houston Film Festival grand prize and was a Cable Ace nominee for Best Picture in 1990. It also won the 1990 Writer's Guild Award for best Made for Television Movie.


Dr. Alexander Brown (played by Sheen in framing scenes and Estevez in flashbacks) reflects on his involvement in the exposure of American soldiers to radiation in the proving grounds in Nevada in the 1950s after he is approached by a man who is dying of cancer due to the tests.



  1. ^ "Nightbreaker (1989)". BFI. Retrieved 2018-08-01.

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