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Light Sleeper (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama | 13 March 1992 (UK)
A drug dealer reconsiders his profession when his boss plans to go straight and an old flame reappears.

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Teresa Aranow
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Tis Brooke
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A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his effectiveness at his job. Meanwhile someone is killing women in apparently drug-related incidents. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A story about the discovery of the spirit, the Lure of Decadence, and the Chance for Escape. [Australia theatrical] See more »

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Rated R for strong language and drug content, and for violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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13 March 1992 (UK)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,050,861
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The film briefly shown on TV in Ann's home at the beginning is Kenneth Anger's cult movie Scorpio Rising (1963). See more »

Quotes

Ann: [Angry at John LeTour for being late] You want me to suck your dick? Fine. You want a raise? No.
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References Streets of Fire (1984) See more »

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Excerpt from 'Scorpio Rising'
Courtesy of Mystic Fire Video and Kenneth Anger
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Just watched it after years of searching
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

About 10yrs ago I became aware of this movie and, as a result of the Last Temptation of Christ, I was already very curious about Willem Dafoe's other roles. I have occasionally looked for copies of this movie in small town rental stores and discount bins to no avail.

I finally broke down and bought Light Sleeper on DVD and I am very happy I did. This is one of Dafoe's better roles -- his performance is almost always very good, but let's face it, he's taken on a few weak roles in the past: "Clear and Present Danger" springs to mind here. Not much script to work with.

But then there's Affliction (same screenwriter as Light Sleeper), LTofC, Platoon (an over-dramatic production, IMHO), Triumph of the Spirit, To Live and Die in L.A. (good fun for Michael Mann and William Peterson fans)...so that's why I finally bought this DVD.

Anyways, I think Willem Dafoe's performance was comparable to Triumph of the Spirit, as was the script and production. Susan Sarandon was a pleasant surprise - I thought she might bring the movie down by being too dramatic or "sex kitteny", but this is right around the period she began to play the role of a woman and not a girl.

As far as Michael Been's songs in the soundtrack are concerned: I'm a modest fan of "The Call" and I rather enjoyed the soundtrack. It is a movie of its time in that the songs are featured more prominently in the mixing level and duration than one would expect of today.

I found the story compelling: I cared what happened to the characters next. In my opinion, if a movie can't do that it's wasting precious minutes of my life. I donate exceptional movie DVDs to our local (small town) library collection, and this will be one of them.


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