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Mother Night (1996)

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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Werner Noth
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August Krapptauer
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Anthony J. Robinow ...
Prison Warden
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Shimon Aviel ...
Guard Bernard Liebman
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Storyline

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 (189) »

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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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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,661 (USA) (3 November 1996)

Gross:

$392,362 (USA)
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The film is based on a story by Kurt Vonnegut. Director Keith Gordon previously starred in Back to School, in which the actual Vonnegut had a brief appearance. See more »

Quotes

[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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The Star Spangled Banner
Written by John Stafford Smith (uncredited) and Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
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A pleasant surprise
20 January 2002 | by (Rhinelander, Wi.) – See all my reviews

This movie pleasantly surprised me. It has a touching, slightly off-center approach that never loses your attention. This is a movie I never heard about, but if you want a "sleeper", this is it. Great writing, production, and acting. I highly recommend it for audiences who want something thoughtful. Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee and Alan Arkin are marvelous. Why wasn't more made of this movie?


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