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Light Sleeper (1992)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  13 March 1992 (UK)
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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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He was a good man in a deadly business. She was his only way out. 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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,100,000 (USA)
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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 (1964). See more »

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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 Pickpocket (1959) See more »

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Twisted
(Child, Warren, Roberts)
© 1991 Virgin Songs, Inc. / EMI April Music Inc. / Desmobile Music /
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Performed by Kane Roberts
Courtesy of Geffen Record © 1991
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Another long bright night of Schrader's soul
29 August 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Light Sleeper is another one of Paul Schrader's nocturnal God's lonely men movies, although Willem Dafoe's drug runner is a lot better adjusted than Travis Bickle and has no delusions of divine purpose even if he does end up in another shootout en route to another of Schrader's Pickpocket endings.

The plot is fairly minimal: with his boss (Susan Sarandon – great legs, terrible 80s fashion sense) planning on going respectable and moving into cosmetics, Dafoe finds himself increasingly suspicious that he's going to be sold out on a permanent basis. This is more about character vignettes, many of them pretty good, as he works his way to a kind of redemption. There's one strikingly good piece of visual direction in a scene where Dafoe tries to talk to ex-wife Dana Delany, shot with a foreground pillar seemingly standing before them like an impenetrable wall, and there's a neat throwaway dismissal of the tenets of Calvinism delivered by David Spade's stoned yuppie, but while the film goes down easy it never adds up to much that we haven't seen before. The major change is the milieu – these may still be little people, but they sell to the nouveau riche and travel to drugs drops by chauffeur driven Limo. A good late-night movie, but it's no Bresson.


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