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Mother Night (1996)

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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.



(novel) (as Kurt Vonnegut), (screenplay)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reverend Dr. Lionel Jones
Anna Berger ...
Epstein's Mother
Dr. Abraham Epstein
Norman Rodway ...
Werner Noth
Robert Sterling Wilson
Father Patrick Keeley
Vlasta Vrana ...
August Krapptauer
Anthony J. Robinow ...
Prison Warden
Michael McGill ...
Prison Official
Shimon Aviel ...
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 <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confessione finale  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$392,362 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Keith Gordon took a small role in I Love Trouble (1994) so he could get this script to Nick Nolte, whose agents thought the project was "too small." 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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References Twin Peaks: Pilot (1990) See more »


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I was seriously impressed!
11 November 2000 | by (D.C.) – See all my reviews

I'm a rather pedestrian person, with somewhat lowbrow tastes. However, I occasionally try to raise the bar on my cultural awareness. This movie was one of my attempts. I was in awe throughout the entire movie. I liked it so much that I got my own tape so I could see it again. This is a very thoughtful and emotionally striking movie. I saw it as a huge question to the viewer: What is the depth of sacrifice to duty one can accept, can be asked to accept, should accept? As a military member, this is of course an important question to me. This question weighs heavily on the viewer of this movie.


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