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Light Sleeper -- John Letour (Dafoe) is a good man in a bad business, working for Ann (Sarandon) on the wrong side of the law, and he wants out. Will he get out before it's too late?
Light Sleeper -- Clip: A meeting at the bar


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Writer (WGA):
Paul Schrader (written by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1992 (UK) See more »
A story about the discovery of the spirit, the Lure of Decadence, and the Chance for Escape. [Australia theatrical] See more »
A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Tough, gripping, and atmospheric. See more (39 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Willem Dafoe ... John LeTour

Susan Sarandon ... Ann

Dana Delany ... Marianne Jost

David Clennon ... Robert

Mary Beth Hurt ... Teresa Aranow

Victor Garber ... Tis Brooke

Jane Adams ... Randi Jost
Paul Jabara ... Eddie

Robert Cicchini ... Bill Guidone

Sam Rockwell ... Jealous

Rene Rivera ... Manuel

David Spade ... Theological Cokehead
Steven Posen ... Hasid
Ken Ladd ... Carlos
Brian Judge ... Thomas

Vince Cupone ... Young Cuban (as Vinny Capone)

Chris Northup ... Retro Yuppie (as Christopher Todd Northup)
Paul Stocker ... Maitre D'
Bernadette Jurkowski ... French Girl #1

Tatiana von Furstenberg ... French Girl #2
Francesca Bonicoli ... Model #1
Elena Vannucci ... Model #2
Jeff Telvi ... Male Model

Jennifer Fowler ... Woman at Bar #1
Gabrielle Stubbert ... Woman at Bar #2
James Saxenmeyer ... Bar Patron
Raymond Normandeau ... Chef
Arcoiris Medina ... Woman at Laundromat
Esteban Fernández ... Concierge
Catherine L.A. Walker ... Police Woman
Timothy Stickney ... Young Dominican
Joey Gironda ... Funeral Home Employee
Heather Rose Dominic ... Crackhead
Paul Stockman Smith ... Radio Announcer
Peter Macklin ... Baseball Card Fan #1
Billy Joe Novinski ... Baseball Card Fan #2
David Sukoff ... Baseball Card Fan #3
Damian Corrente ... Baseball Card Fan #4
Ronald Sylvers ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Margotta ... Drug Dealer (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (written by)

Produced by
G. Mac Brown .... co-producer
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Linda Reisman .... producer
Ronna B. Wallace .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Been 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman  (as Ed Lachman)
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Richard Hornung 
Art Direction by
James C. Feng  (as Jim Feng)
Set Decoration by
Jessica Lanier 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist (as Marilyn Carbone)
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair designer: Ms. Sarandon (as Leslie Anderson)
Anthony Sorrentino .... hair stylist
Production Management
Diana Pokorny .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dean Garvin .... second assistant director
Dodi Lee Rubenstein .... dga trainee (as Dodi Rubenstein)
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Art Department
Elizabeth Anderson .... art department assistant
Anthony Baldasare .... first set dresser
Teri Bella .... assistant set decorator
Joan Brockschmidt .... lead person
Diana Burton .... set dresser
Fred Chesterman .... construction grip
Darcy Doyle .... art department assistant
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Harrison Dunne .... art department assistant
Julie Fabian .... art department coordinator
John Grimolizzi .... carpenter
Mark Horstmann .... key set builder
Rachel Janocko .... art department assistant
Gary Jennings .... scenic artist
Harmony Korine .... art department assistant
Michael Leather .... set dresser (as Mike Leather)
Kevin Morrissey .... production design assistant
Janima Nam .... art department assistant
Ellen Oshins .... scenic artist
Mark Peltzer .... property master
Michele Sommer .... second prop
Barbara J. Taylor .... scenic charge (as Barbara Taylor)
Byron K. Lovelace .... props (uncredited)
Keith Wall .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
David Boulton .... adr engineer
Susan Sklar Friedman .... assistant sound editor
Starr Furlotte .... assistant adr editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Leslie Gimbel .... apprentice sound editor
Wendy Hedin .... adr editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Anthony Starbuck .... boom operator
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Mel Zelniker .... sound re-recording mixer
Maurice Schell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects coordinator
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator
Denis Zack .... special effects technician
Peter Bucossi .... stunt cabbie
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Vince Cupone .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James R. Belletier .... second assistant camera (as James Belletier)
Joe Collins .... camera trainee
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy electric (as Jerry Deblau)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John Deblau)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator
Richie Ford .... electrician
Jeff Hand .... Steadicam assistant
David Knox .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Knox)
Sal Lanza .... grip
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: second unit
Gus Magalios .... grip (as Constantine Magalios)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
John Panuccio .... best boy grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Peter John Petraglia .... electrician (as John Petraglia)
Robert T. Prate .... grip (as Bobby Prate)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Tom Prate Jr.)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera
Steve Sands .... still photographer
Lance Shepherd .... electrician
Matty Sicurella .... grip (as Matthew Sicurella)
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Michele Heilbrun .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Fleming .... costume assistant
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Winsome G. McKoy .... wardrobe supervisor (as Winsome Mckoy)
Ellen Ryba .... associate costume designer
Editorial Department
Marya Cohn .... editorial intern
Vida Fitzgerald .... apprentice editor
David Leonard .... assistant editor
Tony Mottola .... dailies timer (as Tony Mattolo)
Nancy Novack .... apprentice editor (as Nancy I. Novak)
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
Rob Sciarratta .... video color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Been .... music producer
Michael Been .... musician
Sandee Borgman .... music video consultant
Joel Jaffe .... music recording engineer
Ralph Patlan .... assistant music producer
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Richard Holston .... teamster captain (as Richie Holston)
Delroy Hunter .... parking coordinator (as Delroy M. Hunter)
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation coordinator (as Ed Iacobelli)
Donavan Barrett Tomlinson .... parking assistant (as Donovan Barrett-Tomlinson)
Other crew
Moshe Bardach .... location scout (as Moe Bardach)
Mara Hade Connolly .... assistant production auditor
Andrew D. Cooke .... location manager
John 'JR' Craigmile .... accounting assistant (as John 'J.R.' Craigmile)
Valerie Desjardins .... script supervisor trainee
Joe Facey .... craft service
David Harris .... production assistant
Shell Hecht .... production coordinator
Edward A. Ioffreda .... assistant production coordinator
James A. Janowitz .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn
Jesse Janowitz .... locations department assistant
David Janssen .... production assistant
Anne Kaplan .... assistant: Mr. Scharder and Ms. Reisman
Phyllis Kaufman .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor
Maggie McMonagle .... assistant location manager
Hernan Otaño .... production assistant: Mr. Schrader (as H. Michael Otano)
Lyn Pinezich .... location assistant
John Paul Riva .... key production assistant
Karen Robson .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn
Vicki Dee Rock .... production auditor
Stacey Spencer .... craft service
Christopher Swartout .... production assistant (as Chris Swartout)
Mark Urman .... publicity: Dennis Davidson Associates
Greg White .... production assistant
Deborah Wolpert .... production office assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Eric Fisher .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistant (uncredited)
Niels Coogan .... thanks
Michael Graves .... thanks
Dakota Jackson .... thanks
Bill Nisselson .... thanks
David Salle .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong language and drug content, and for violence and a scene of sensuality
103 min
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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 »
Marianne:I envy you. Convenient memory is a gift from God.See more »
24-7-365See more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Tough, gripping, and atmospheric., 19 February 2000

When the subject of modern noir films is discussed, there are always a small group of films that is mentioned. "The Last Seduction", "Blood Simple", "L.A. Confidential", etc. All worthy selections in their own right. Even better, I think, is "Light Sleeper", which is a noir film right down to the core of its being. Taking place almost entirely in afterhours Manhattan, it's the story of John LeTour (Willem Dafoe), a drug courier who works for Ann (Susan Sarandon), delivering cocaine to upscale clients. LeTour wanders around the city, chauffered about in a black sedan by a silent driver named Carlos. It's a lonely existence, one that has "noir" written all over it. But this isn't a shallow or violent or ironically self-aware redux of noir films. Much like another recent Schrader-scripted film, this plunges right into the heart of the story, not standing back at all, undetached. Unlike other recent noir films, such as "The Usual Suspects", this film's soul lies not in convoluted twists and turns, but in redemption. LeTour spends the film searching for a meaning to his life, looking in the wrong place, and eventually finding meaning and hope in a somewhat unlikely place. But in the end, he realizes that it's all he has left to hang onto. A beautiful film.

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