The same year Ghostbusters came out, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd both also appeared in another film, one that has been all but forgotten in the years since.
The film was directed by Tom Schiller who previously worked with Murray and Aykroyd on ‘Saturday Night Live’. The plot of the film centers on a young man (Zach Galligan of Gremlins), who dreams of becoming an artist, finds on returning to his relatives in Manhattan, that the Port Authority has taken control of the city, and he is forced to work in a menial job under a trigger-happy boss (Dan Aykroyd).
His kindness to a tramp leads him to be taken into an underground network where he discovers that the city’s tramps are controlling the destiny of all the cities in the world. They instruct him to travel to the moon on a mission – via a city bus and its conductor (Bill Murray)- to spread peace and find his true love (Lauren Tom).
In this day and age it seems impossible that a film could be lost or forgotten but that is just the case with ‘Nothing Lasts Forever.’ The film has never been released on VHS or DVD and over the years has only screened a handful of times.
A Warner Brothers spokesman stated in 2003 and again in February 2006 that the film cannot be released for unspecified “legal difficulties”.
The film includes a large number of clips to give it the feel of the 1930s, and it is possible that getting copyright clearance for these clips has proved difficult. In 2007, another chat was conducted and Warner claimed it was “on the middle burner – not the front, but not the back.” It is possible that this means the legal issues have been cleared up, but this was not explicitly stated.
Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd have both agreed to take part in DVD special features, should the film be finally released.
Take a look at the film yourself, in its entirety below.
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