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Light Sleeper (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama | 13 March 1992 (UK)
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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13 March 1992 (UK)  »

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Könnyű altató  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,100,000 (USA)
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In one scene, John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) is shown sitting on his bed watching old photographs and listening to some CDs. One of the CDs is the soundtrack from Walter Hill's Streets of Fire (1984), which was Dafoe's first starring role. See more »

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Ann: Well, that took you long enough. What'd you do, douche while you were at it?
John: Ann, you've got some mouth on ya.
Ann: You don't wanna know where it's been.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Twisted
(Child, Warren, Roberts)
© 1991 Virgin Songs, Inc. / EMI April Music Inc. / Desmobile Music /
Realsongs / Stimulus Music
Performed by Kane Roberts
Courtesy of Geffen Record © 1991
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Very Relevant Moody Urban Tale
18 September 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

There are many movies that tells stories of drug dealers who are unhappy with their occupation, but not all of them paint such a clear character picture like the Light Sleeper. By the middle of the movie I could truly relate to the Willem Defoe character as a person. He has insomnia, he survived his own addiction, he writes a journal, and he cares about the serious questions in life. Most of us haven't sold drugs, but most of us will be able to relate to the torment that the character is going through. Its like being immersed in a sin, knowing that it is bad, and still doing it. As for cinematography, I enjoyed to see an urban setting full of electric lights, and the various people who cannot give the main character any relief for his loneliness. I did not care much for the Susan Surandon character, in light of Willem Defoe's performance she is sort of out of the picture. In the end I had a good emotional resolution. I liked this and I think you will like this movie as well if you are into serious films that tell stories of tormented people.


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