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Nomads (1986)




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A French anthropologist begins researching in Los Angeles and finds that beneath the city is a strange community of evil spirits. Unfortunately, they do not take lightly to being discovered and fly off to get revenge upon him.

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Adam Ant
as "Number One"
Josie Cotton
as Silver Ring
Mary Woronov
as Dancing Mary
Paul Anselmo
as Cops in Apartment
Michael Gregory
as Cops in Apartment
Frances Bay
as Bertrill
Althan Karras
as Apartment Manager
Nina Foch
as Real Estate Agent
Junero Jennings
as Gas Station Attendant
Athan Karras
as Apartment Manager
Kario Salem
as Schacter
John Vidor
as Kid in Park
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Critic Reviews for Nomads

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

I would like to describe the plot of Nomads, but my space is limited.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Initially, the unorthodox elements in the narrative promise a more inspiring explanation, but even if its narrative is easy to dismiss, one can't deny a handful of beautifully evocative moments of memorable unease.

October 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

McTiernan's story involves the ghosts of past and modernity intertwined- a horror about our proximity to the past, at all times, even as post-modern people.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

No way. Corny, silly, forgetable.

November 3, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Nomads


This extremely risible, effete and addlepated film was basically an audition for John McTiernan. A demo reel if you will for his next gig which was the massively popularized Predator. Arnold Schwarzenegger screened this and envisioned him as the perfect candidate for his extraterrestrial action flick. What did he see? He certainly has a cinematic eye with blue blips on the nocturnal Los Angeles skyline. Shackled in handcuffs while babbling French nonsense, Pierce Brosnan is eye-rollingly cheesy in his shellshocked hysteria and broadly nasal Inspector Clouseau accent. His escape from captivity is incompetently drenched in a slow-motion frame rate (which is the padding for most scenes) as he whispers into Dr. Eileen Flax's (Leslie-Anne Down with Virginia Madsen's poutiness) ear and dopey staging for a jump scare. From that point onward, Flax rhapsodizes about flashbacks to sociologist Jean-Charles Pommier's (Brosnan) existence before his untimely departure. The most laughably mundane is a possessed Flax reciting verbatim Pommier's conversation with a real-estate agent. It's also not a flattering portrait for hospitals. The physicians and nurses act awfully cavalier about the "lunatic" Pommier's extemporaneous death (and the staff is somehow fluent in French). To his disadvantage, McTiernan also wedges a malapropos rock-n'-roll guitar stingers and a heartbeat during the "suspense" in what should otherwise be a classy, supernatural affair. If this were a kamikaze satire on yuppie-in-danger movies, it would be a riot but sadly, McTiernan is the Claudio Fragasso who devoutly believes that leather-clad biker gangs in a blackout van are the sources for helter-skelter in the audience's nervous system. An interlude with a kindly nun doesn't decipher the cryptic, impenetrable storyline any further. While Pommier is photographing them, it degenerates into a Motley Crue music video. Seems Schwarzenegger took a monumental leap-of-faith on McTiernan because, based on this wafer-thin affidavit, he wasn't ready for the next phase.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

Great movie! This is definitely one of my all time favorites in the supernatural suspense collection. Pierce Brosnan truly shines in this, and the story plot is highly intriguing. Brosnan is a French cultural anthropologist who is studying the various patterns of nomadic people in the world. In the completion of his studies and move to California, he discovers and develops a current interest in a group of outsiders in L.A. He sees resemblance of nomadic traits in the lifestyle patterns of this wily group. The closest connection that he compares it to within his studies is that of the Inuit people. His interest begins to take toll as he is welcomed by the group. As he tries to quietly walk away, it brings further tension from the group and this final realization brings his death. In the last moment of dying, it is a connection with an E.R. nurse that allows us to see the remaining days of what happened to him in memories, nightmares, and haunting thoughts. This movie reflects much of Native American aspects in connection with life, death, and the soul and spirit of a human body. Love this movie. It's quite interesting to see Adam Ant in this movie, especially as the leader of the group of outsiders. Lesley-Anne Down is absolutely fantastic in this movie. Definitely worth seeing!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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