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Color of Night (1994)

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A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with.

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Psychologist Bill Capa gives up his practise when he unintentionally pushes a patient to commit suicide. In an effort to come to terms with this tragedy he visits an old colleague, Bob Moore, who is subsequently murdered. The quest to catch the killer centres around a group of Moore's psychologically disturbed patients, however equally as important is an affair which develops between Capa and the mysterious Rose. This relationship, at first a diversion, becomes central to the plot as the film progresses. Written by Drew McCormack <dam@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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19 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El color de la noche  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$19,721,814 (USA)
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Trivia

Although this film was a box office flop, this film did very well in home video market; according to Billboard magazine, this film was even one of the Top 20 most-rented films in 1995. See more »

Goofs

When Capa talks to Mrs. Niedelmeyer, there's a 3-foot long shadow of the boom mic on the door. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Capa: [about Bob's murder] He was locking up here late Friday night.
Sondra Dorio: Here?
Dr. Bill Capa: Yes, right here in the office.
Buck: Was he shot, stabbed, beaten? Have they got a suspect? A motive? Three days go by and you don't call us?
Dr. Bill Capa: I thought it'd be easier if you heard it together.
Casey Heinz: Oh, I see. So even Bob's death is group therapy. That's great.
[looks skyward]
Casey Heinz: Hey, Bob, thanks for giving us a chance to grieve together. Shit!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll, Hector can be heard calling for help because he is still hanging on the wall. See more »

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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Original Soundtrack available on Mercury Records, Cassettes and Compact Discs
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A real mental patient's opinion of this film...
24 March 2001 | by (Southern Hemisphere) – See all my reviews

As I sit and recall all the idiocies of this film, one of the most amusing that I remember is the idea put forth that a person with DID will disguise themselves to look like a different person when one of their alternates come out. In nearly eleven years of knowingly watching these patients switch from personality to personality, I have yet to see this happen. This is before we even get into the fact that Jane March's behaviour during this film more closely resembles that of a person suffering mania - hypersexuality, paranoia, irrational fear, and so forth.

Bruce Willis must also be wondering why he signed up for this stinker. I'm sure the shooting script must have looked wonderful, but a combination of extremely clumsy editing (the sex scenes in the middle of the film are a wonderful example) and poor character development turned this into another Plan 9 From Outer Space. To all of you who gave this turkey positive comments, I ask you to ask yourselves: what psychiatrist in their right mind would see patients in buildings where it is that easy for patients to off themselves? Especially in such a lawsuit-happy society as America? What psychiatrist in their right mind stays back late in their office without carrying a firearm when they know someone is stalking them? Finally, when was the last time you heard of a psychiatrist taking over a group of patients for a friend in the profession when one of them might have murdered him? Oh, and a special note on Ruben Blades' role: even beat police are not that ignorant about psychiatry, an especially important element of their job considering how often they may be confronted by psych patients waving weapons in the middle of an episodic crisis.

As a veteran of numerous therapy groups, I could not stop laughing at this film. If it had been approached with the intention of making a comedy, then it would have succeeded beyond all expectations. However, the advertising campaign and the babbling tone of the dialogue left me with the general feeling that this film was taking itself WAY too seriously. If you do take yourself that seriously, get a better script. If you have such a ridiculous script that will get laughed at by the 20% that will experience some form of psychiatric problem in their lifetime (that's just a statistical fact based on reported cases... the real incidence may actually be higher), don't take yourself so seriously. It's that simple.


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