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Mother Night (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  1 November 1996 (USA)
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An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

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Howard W. Campbell, Jr., an American expatriate playwright, Nazi radio propagandist, and Allied spy, writes his memoirs during his pre-trial confinement in 1961 Haifa and learns that people are what they pretend to be. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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american | spy | germany | nazi | neo nazi | See All (191) »

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The truth is more shocking than the uniform he wears... HE WAS AN AMERICAN SPY. See more »

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$48,661 (USA) (1 November 1996)

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$392,362 (USA)
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John Goodman's character's name Wirtanen is the most common surname in Finland (usually written with single V). See more »

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[first lines]
Prison Warden: Do you prefer German or English?
Howard W. Campbell Jr.: English.
Prison Warden: You are to write down your memoirs for the Haifa Institute For The Documentation of War Criminals. You have three weeks to complete your memoirs before your trial begins. Do you have any questions?
Howard W. Campbell Jr.: No, this is great. Thanks for everything.
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White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of MCA Records
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The sadness and humor of Vonnegut translates to film? Amazing.
13 March 1999 | by (Eastern USA) – See all my reviews

I haven't read this book, but all through the movie I was awestruck with only one thought in my head: This is so Vonnegut. I have never seen an author, all of the intelligence and life behind the workings of a novel, translated so well to film. This movie had the same complexities found in Vonnegut's novels: the jokes were often meaningful and symbolic, and the dramatic events and symbols were often also jokes.

Campbell was also a very Vonnegut character, portrayed perfectly by Nick Nolte. He had all of the earmarks of a Vonnegut "hero": lack of concern for political boundaries, ironic dark humor giving way to dumb inactivity in response to stress, and an unwillingness to push his version of reality on those around him.

Overall, I was constantly surprised and impressed as I watched this movie. It was the same feeling I had reading "Cat's Cradle," my first Vonnegut novel, as if the most perfectly oddball thing that could happen, he thought of THAT, and he made it real and important. Yes, he has nothing but army surplus "White Christmas" albums. So it goes!


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