Night Visions (2001– )
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A View Through the Window/Quiet Please 

A lonely scientist is called in by the military to analyze the barrier that surrounds a mysterious idyllic family farm in the middle of a desert. / With the weekend killer on the loose, it's a bad time to go camping.


Joe Dante, Bill Pullman


Billy Brown (creator), Dan Angel (creator) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Bill Pullman ... Major Ben Darnell (segment "A View Through the Window")
Carl Lumbly ... Dan (segment "A View Through the Window")
Cary Elwes ... Gerald (segment "Quiet Please")
Brian Dennehy ... Camper Ben (segment "Quiet Please")
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... General Briggs (segment "A View Through the Window")
Sean Campbell ... Sgt. Gilson (segment "A View Through the Window")
Todd Talbot Todd Talbot ... Private Rasky (segment "A View Through the Window")
Carin Moffat ... Elise Darnell (segment "A View Through the Window")
Emily Holmes ... Belinda (segment "A View Through the Window")
Don Wallace Don Wallace ... Prairie Grandpa (segment "A View Through the Window")
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Prairie Grandma (segment "A View Through the Window") (as Karen Austin)
Calum Worthy ... Prairie Boy (segment "A View Through the Window")
Jianna Ballard ... Prairie Girl (segment "A View Through the Window")
Ryan Hale Ryan Hale ... Ben's Son (segment "A View Through the Window")
Gus Lynch Gus Lynch ... Ranger (segment "Quiet Please")


In "A View Through the Window", Major Ben Darnell is a brilliant physicist and a grieving father, whose estranged wife blames him for the tragic accidental death of their little son. He's called up to a top secret location, where the military is investigating a strange supernatural phenomenon. A portal to another place has somehow appeared in the middle of the desert and an invisible barrier is blocking it. The soldiers can see the people on the other side - a seemingly happy pilgrimesque family that's living in a picturesque farmhouse surrounded by a luscious green field, but the family can't see the portal or what's on the other side, so they're living their idyllic everyday life like normal. Darnell is stricken by them, since they represent everything he wishes for in his tragic life. He eventually realizes that the barrier disappears for a few seconds each day and decides to risk everything to cross over to the other side despite his commanding officer's direct order not to try ...

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Release Date:

19 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Brilliant and unsettling
7 February 2010 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

You may see my initial review of this episode under another name right here. I have since watched it several more times, and have found it to be probably the single best episode of this short-lived, low-budget fantasy series. Bill Pullman plays an Army major who along with several fellow Army members investigates what appears to be an impenetrable window into another time or dimension featuring a bucolic, Amish-type farm. To make it even eerier, the window is in the middle of a desert. Pullman, a first-rate actor, makes the weird plot work, as his major becomes increasingly obsessed with finding his way through the window. The quality of the episode is such that you may think you're watching a movie and not a cheap knockoff of TALES FROM THE CRYPT, OUTER LIMITS or even THE TWILIGHT ZONE. The ending is a real shocker with an epilogue that is guaranteed to give you the chills. Brilliantly written and performed and photographed. And may I add I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and chatting with Mr. Pullman in the Vegas airport years ago. He was on his way to Canada to appear in LOST HIGHWAY.

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