Northern Lights is a 1997 film based upon the 1988 stage play of the same name by John Hoffman starring Academy Award-winner Diane Keaton.
Some sources identify Northern Lights as the first Disney Channel Original Movie, though Northern Lights was not included in Disney Channel's 100 Original Movies celebration that aired in May–June 2016, and Disney Channel considers 1997's Under Wraps to be the first official Disney Channel Original Movie.
A stranger's call informs Roberta (Diane Keaton) that her estranged brother Frank has died in a small town under bizarre circumstances. Ben, his best friend from college, also gets the call.
Arriving just in time for his funeral, it becomes quickly obvious to them that the little slice of small-town America in which they find themselves is like an episode of The Twilight Zone featuring Frank's eccentric friends, his amazing secrets and his stunning final request.
Both Ben and Roberta are shocked to discover that Frank not only had a child, but that he has left them responsible for his son's care. Through a series of comic events, each tries to foist off responsibility on the other.
Diane Keaton - Roberta Blumstein
Maury Chaykin - Ben Rubadue
Joseph Cross - Jack
Kathleen York - Daphne
John Robert Hoffman - Joe Scarlotti
Crystal Verge - Aggie
John R. Taylor - Arthur
Sheila Patterson - Arlene
Frank C. Turner - Willard
Tom Cavanagh - Frank
Peter Wilds - Ratman
Chilton Crane - Margaret
Sheila Moore - Louise
Alexander Pollock - Billy
Leam Blackwood - Emily
Zahf Paroo - Young Manager (as Zang Haju)
David Paul Grove - (as Beck)
Phillip Hazel - Sterling
Léo Newman - Photo double: Jack
Arthur Benoît Wells - Jack's boyfriend
- Directed by Linda Yellen
- Produced by Warren Carr
- Written by John Robert Hoffman, Kevin Kane
- Music by Patrick Seymour
- Language English
- Original channel Disney Channel
- Release date August 23, 1997
- Running time 111 minutes