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Color of Night (1994)

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A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with.

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Richard Rush

Writers:

Billy Ray (story), Matthew Chapman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Bill Capa
Jane March ... Rose
Rubén Blades ... Martinez (as Ruben Blades)
Lesley Ann Warren ... Sondra
Scott Bakula ... Bob Moore
Brad Dourif ... Clark
Lance Henriksen ... Buck
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Casey
Andrew Lowery Andrew Lowery ... Dale
Eriq La Salle ... Anderson
Jeff Corey ... Ashland
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Michelle
Shirley Knight ... Edith Niedelmeyer
John Bower John Bower ... Medical Examiner
Avi Korein Avi Korein ... Bouncer
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Storyline

Psychologist Bill Capa gives up his practise when he unintentionally pushes a patient to commit suicide. In an effort to come to terms with this tragedy he visits an old colleague, Bob Moore, who is subsequently murdered. The quest to catch the killer centres around a group of Moore's psychologically disturbed patients, however equally as important is an affair which develops between Capa and the mysterious Rose. Written by Drew McCormack <dam@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>

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Five Suspects. Two Lovers. One Killer. Nothing is what it seems... except murder. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El color de la noche See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,610,488, 21 August 1994

Gross USA:

$19,721,814
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A humorously scathing attack on the film comes from Retro Review: Color of Night (1994) #badmovies, under the subheading 'Color of Fright' with these extracts as follows: "Willis put in his worst performance of his career, whilst March is excruciatingly beyond woeful and her acting was just the pits. The graphic sex scenes were embarrassingly awful, and they weren't the least bit raunchy or erotic, whatsoever. In fact, they were as erotic as watching two dogs going at it with one another; I was bored out of my mind as my eyes were glued to the screen as I watched those two humping each other, whilst naked. In one weird sex scene, with Bill and Rose in a bathtub together, he's driving a remote-controlled toy tank over her breasts. I was like "er... okay...". The acting is beyond terrible and yet comical at the same time, and the dialogue is painfully bad. The characters are not engaging and lack characterisation throughout. Rose may be a titillating character for many guys, thanks to Jane March, but here she passes as normal, although frankly, I didn't much care for her". And under the subheading Final Verdict, the humorously scathing attack on the film continues with this extract, "Color of Night is not only colour-less but as a straight-up erotic thriller, it is thrill-less and did not have me on the edge of my seat. As the film progresses, it gets even worse and I wanted Rose to be the killer, as I disliked that character as much as well, every other character". See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Bill Capa is getting dressed, he goes from having his shirt totally unbuttoned to completely buttoned in less than three or four seconds. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Capa: In the what-I-wait-for department, you're it baby.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll, Hector can be heard calling for help because he is still hanging on the wall. See more »

Alternate Versions

US video and laserdisc versions include a R-rated director's cut with 17 minutes of footage deleted from US theatrical version; among restored scenes are a shot showing Bruce Willis completely naked and more sequences describing the lesbian relationship between Jane Marsh and Lesley Ann-Warren. See more »


Soundtracks

The Color of the Night
Performed by Lauren Christy
Words and Music by Jud Friedman (as Jud J. Friedman), Lauren Christy and Dominic Frontiere
Produced by Jud Friedman (as Jud J. Friedman)
Schwadge Tunes (BMI) / Peelmusic Ltd. (BMI)
Songs of Polygram Intl. Inc. (BMI) / Cinergi Pictures Entertainment Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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A real mental patient's opinion of this film...
24 March 2001 | by mentalcriticSee all my reviews

As I sit and recall all the idiocies of this film, one of the most amusing that I remember is the idea put forth that a person with DID will disguise themselves to look like a different person when one of their alternates come out. In nearly eleven years of knowingly watching these patients switch from personality to personality, I have yet to see this happen. This is before we even get into the fact that Jane March's behaviour during this film more closely resembles that of a person suffering mania - hypersexuality, paranoia, irrational fear, and so forth.

Bruce Willis must also be wondering why he signed up for this stinker. I'm sure the shooting script must have looked wonderful, but a combination of extremely clumsy editing (the sex scenes in the middle of the film are a wonderful example) and poor character development turned this into another Plan 9 From Outer Space. To all of you who gave this turkey positive comments, I ask you to ask yourselves: what psychiatrist in their right mind would see patients in buildings where it is that easy for patients to off themselves? Especially in such a lawsuit-happy society as America? What psychiatrist in their right mind stays back late in their office without carrying a firearm when they know someone is stalking them? Finally, when was the last time you heard of a psychiatrist taking over a group of patients for a friend in the profession when one of them might have murdered him? Oh, and a special note on Ruben Blades' role: even beat police are not that ignorant about psychiatry, an especially important element of their job considering how often they may be confronted by psych patients waving weapons in the middle of an episodic crisis.

As a veteran of numerous therapy groups, I could not stop laughing at this film. If it had been approached with the intention of making a comedy, then it would have succeeded beyond all expectations. However, the advertising campaign and the babbling tone of the dialogue left me with the general feeling that this film was taking itself WAY too seriously. If you do take yourself that seriously, get a better script. If you have such a ridiculous script that will get laughed at by the 20% that will experience some form of psychiatric problem in their lifetime (that's just a statistical fact based on reported cases... the real incidence may actually be higher), don't take yourself so seriously. It's that simple.


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