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Light Sleeper (1992)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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 <>

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He was a good man in a deadly business. She was his only way out. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

13 March 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Könnyű altató  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$1,100,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Writer/Director Paul Schrader has said that "Light Sleeper" is the final film in his trilogy of loners who hate their jobs. "Taxi Driver" and "American Gigolo" were the other two films. See more »


Marianne: I envy you. Convenient memory is a gift from God.
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(Child, Warren, Roberts)
© 1991 Virgin Songs, Inc. / EMI April Music Inc. / Desmobile Music /
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Performed by Kane Roberts
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They made a great movie, and no one came.
6 October 2003 | by (cherry hill, nj) – See all my reviews

Like "Prince Of The City", this is another great drug movie, with the greatest set ever built for a movie, New York City. Very few people saw "Prince", and I'll wager fewer saw this one. It has a cast of New York stage actors, who make the usual run of Hollywood anorexic barbie dolls, and Sunset Strip would be tough guys, look exactly like what they are, refugees from some "hysterical" wise cracking sit-com. I have to mention each one of these artists because they're so incredibly good. Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany (what a performance), David Clennon, Mary Beth Hurt, Jane Adams(the looney sister from "Happiness"), David Spade, and last, but certainly not least Victor Garber. Paul Schrader wrote and directed, and if he never does another production, his mother can know that she gave birth to a major cinematic artist. The story can impress people as very hokey. Dafoe is a coke pusher. But he's very sensitive and loving, and is looking for a "better life". He's so guilt ridden as a pusher, he can hardly sleep. Oh, give me a break. But wait. With Dafoe I bought it completely. I was even rooting for him to get back with his former junkie lover Dana Delany. Delany and Susan Sarandon give major performances, Sarandon as a major supplier also looking to go straight as a cosmetic maven. This is a major manual on acting....look, learn, and enjoy.

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