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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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Guard Bernard Liebman


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 <>

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american | spy | germany | nazi | neo nazi | See All (189) »


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


Drama | Romance | War

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

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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confessione finale  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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


$392,362 (USA)

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The scene where Nick Nolte points a Luger pistol towards his mouth thinking about suicide, the toggle on top of the pistol was up and not flat. The pistol would not have fired this way. The toggle would have to be down or flat. See more »


[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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Andante Con Variazioni
from "Violin Sonata in A, Op. 47"
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of Chandos Records Ltd. and Koch International L.P.
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22 April 1999 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

After viewing this film I tried to put my finger on what I truly appreciated about it and found its RESTRAINT to be what captivated me the most. Nolte, not noted for restraint, was amazing in his role as Campbell. His bewilderment, resignation and acceptance of his situation came through with well-crafted acting. The love scenes were remarkably tender. Nolte's responses to the surprises and twists fit the character perfectly. Watch for Vonnegut's cameo!

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