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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>

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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$392,362 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


[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 No. 9 in A, Op. 47"
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Ludwig Von Beethoven)
Courtesy of Chandos Records Ltd. and Koch International L.P.
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A beautifully rendered movie, a credit to its star
30 September 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Seldom do I see a movie in which the star performs so well you can hardly believe he is an actor, but he comes across as the real guy he is portraying. I believed Nick Nolte was an American spy who seemed to renounce his American citizenship in World War II--when in fact he should have been rewarded for having served America so well after the war was over and he returned to civilian life. I have seen Nick Nolte in other movies, but never have I been so impressed with his depth of characterization as he manifests in this film.

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