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Nightwatch (1997)

A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.

Director:

Ole Bornedal

Writers:

Ole Bornedal (film Nattevagten), Ole Bornedal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anais Evans Anais Evans ... Leanne (as Anaïs Evans)
Ewan McGregor ... Martin Bells
Nick Nolte ... Inspector Cray
Erich Anderson ... Newscaster
Josh Brolin ... James
Lauren Graham ... Marie
Patricia Arquette ... Katherine
Lonny Chapman ... Old Watchman
Scott Burkholder ... College Professor
Brad Dourif ... Duty Doctor
Michael Matthys ... Guy in Pub
Alison Gale Alison Gale ... Girl Friend of Guy in Pub
Robert LaSardo ... Pub Thug
Mongo Brownlee Mongo Brownlee ... Pub Thug (as Mongo)
Candy Ann Brown ... Female Paramedic (as Candy Brown Houston)
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Storyline

A law student takes a job as the night-watchman in a morgue, thinking that he will have much time to study, with his biggest problem being his paranoia in this scary setting. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and the student ends up getting mixed up with one of the murders, becoming a suspect. Written by Soumitra

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He's the prime suspect in a terrifying mystery. The police are after him and so is the murderer. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong, morbid violence, language, sexuality, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sombra de la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$585,733, 19 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,200,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 8 mins) The photograph on the bulletin board at the guard desk that Martin notices when he shows up for his first shift and asks the old watchman about, is a famous photo of Lewis Thornton Powell (also known as Lewis Paine or Lewis Payne), a conspirator with John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. See more »

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Quotes

Inspector Thomas Cray: Most people, when they see something like this, their immediate reaction is to ask how could somebody do this and why. Even when we catch the killer, they want to know the how and why. In movies or television, the killer always explains the how or why. He always has some reason, however crazy, with a mad gleam in his eye. But I've interrogated murderers like this one before, and let me tell you, they are well beyond the need to justify what they do. They just do it. Explanations are just a ...
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Crazy Credits

In the Hungarian dub of the film, the 1987 Miramax logo appears at the beginning of the film, instead of the 1998 Miramax skyline logo See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film was just about 2 1/2 hours and included a different score and different opening sequence which was just an extended version of the two couples having dinner together followed by an extended scene at the local pub. The entire subplot of discussion of marriage between Lauren Graham and Josh Brolin's characters was cut, including a sequence at the end where they are married at a double wedding alongside Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor's characters. This version also included an extended restaurant scene with Joyce and more contact between her and Martin throughout the film, including a much more graphic death sequence in Joyce's apartment. See more »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Largo al factotum
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Riccardo Stracciari with The Orchestra of Milan
Courtesy of Arkadia Records by arrangement with Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
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Scary remake
26 August 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

It´s a pretty long time ago since I have seen Ole Bornedal´s original from 1994, so I can´t remember several details, but I think he has done good work with his remake: the atmosphere is creepy and nightmarish, the cast featuring Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin and especially Nick Nolte does a solid job. My favorite performances however come from two supporting actors: the one is Brad Dourif playing a weird autopsy doctor, the other is the uncredited John C. Reilly, who is still one of the most underrated great actors in my opinion! All in all director Ole Bornedal has made a well done remake, which is probably no revolutionary film , but in comparison to Gus Van Sant´s awful "Psycho"-rip off a real masterpiece!!!


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