Ti-49.5 at%Ni thin films have been formed by deposition onto Si and glass substrates using a filtered arc deposition system (FADS). The films deposited on glass were composed of nanocrystalline parent phase grains contained within an amorphous matrix. The films deposited onto silicon were crystalline, and were largely parent phase whereas a bulk alloy of the same composition would be expected to be martensite. The stabilisation of the parent phase is proposed to be a grain size effect, with the critical grain size for parent phase stabilisation being about 30 nm. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.