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Heart of Midnight (1988)

Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was. She begins to remember more about her very special ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Carol
Brenda Vaccaro ... Betty
Jack Hallett Jack Hallett ... Lawyer
Nicholas Love ... Tom (as Nick Love)
James Rebhorn ... Richard
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Henry
Sam Schacht Sam Schacht ... Uncle Fletcher (as Sam Schact)
Nina Lora Nina Lora ... Carol as a Child
Steve Buscemi ... Eddy
Frank Stallone ... Ledray
Denise Dumont Denise Dumont ... Mariana (as Denise Dummont)
Peter Coyote ... Sharpe / Larry
Jim Geallis Jim Geallis ... Lt. Sharpe (as James Geallis)
Ken Moser Ken Moser ... Ledray's Sidekick
Nicholas Cimino ... Boy with Kittens
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Storyline

Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was. She begins to remember more about her very special relationship with her uncle as she battles her memories and her surroundings in her new home. Written by Rick Lofgren <rlofgren@synopsys.com>

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Between the madness of what is real and the horror of her imagination lies the... Heart of Midnight.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de medianoche See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$113,275
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film features a short stag film called "Apple Knockers and Coke," on a B&W television (at around 16 mins); which was sold to the director as supposedly starring Marilyn Monroe. In actuality, the film stars 1954 Playboy model Arline Hunter, who had a slight resemblance to Monroe. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Italian and German VHS and TV editions run 1:29:01 at PAL speed; the UK DVD edition runs 1:46:25 at PAL speed, so it's 17 minutes longer. Nevertheless, it's missing a bit during the rape scene: for a few seconds the hardcore cartoon showing on TV is replaced by less rude images. The cartoon is intact in the other shorter editions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, What Else Can I Do
Performed by Ethel Waters
Written by Gerald Marks (as G. Marks) & Walter Hirsch (as W. Hirsch)
Published by Mills Music, Inc.
Courtesy of RCA/Bluebird Records
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Hey, this was pretty good.
22 March 1999 | by MJK-5See all my reviews

Can't see why this movie has gotten such low ratings. For a thriller movie, not my favorite genre, it was really good. Maybe watching it at 3 AM muddled my critical sensibilities, but from where I was sitting, Leigh nailed every line in the film, and she was totally convincing and sympathetic. Did anyone else out there appreciate the classic slight-of-hand approach to the "paranormal" the film took, as well as the serious issues it raised? In my opinion, a scary movie has to include something real to be scared about. Monsters and boogymen just don't do it for me. Not that that there weren't a few "aaaaaghh!" scares in this film, there were [the medicine cabinet scene scared the hell out of me!], but it was the movie itself, not any specific spooky part, that gave me the heebie-jeebies.

I don't know. Maybe my tastes aren't as exacting as they used to be, but I'm not afraid to say I think this was a damn good film. So there!


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