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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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Reverend Dr. Lionel Jones
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Dr. Abraham Epstein
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Werner Noth
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Robert Sterling Wilson
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Father Patrick Keeley
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August Krapptauer
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Anthony J. Robinow ...
Prison Warden
Michael McGill ...
Prison Official
Shimon Aviel ...
Guard Bernard Liebman
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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 (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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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)  »

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Confessione finale  »

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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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Lieutenant Bernard O'Hare, when he captures Campbell, is not wearing the regulation M1 helmet of WW2 vintage, nor are the two U.S. soldiers who drive Campbell away from the concentration camp. Rather, they appear to be wearing the British paratrooper type-3 helmet, which, interestingly, was adopted by the Israeli Defense Forces in the late 1940's and '50's. 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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Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe
Courtesy of EMI Classics
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
Used by arrangement with European America Music Dist. Corp., Agent for Universal Edition Vienna,
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Best adaptation of a Vonnegut book
4 February 2001 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

Before this, the flawed "Slaughterhouse Five" was the best. But this screen adaptation of "Mother Night" is very true to the book and keeps the comedy, mystery, and tragedy intent. Thankfully it wasn't Hollywood-ized or idiotized a la the movie of "Breakfast of Champions." Another good thing about this movie is that you don't have to be familiar with the book to follow it (as I think you do for Slaughterhouse Five). That's probably true of Breakfast of Champions also but they did such a bad job of that you're better off just reading the book and not seeing the movie! Nick Nolte did an excellent job in this film.


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