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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
Norman Rodway ...
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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Be careful what you pretend to be. 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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$392,362 (USA)
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John Goodman's character's name Wirtanen is the most common surname in Finland (usually written with single V). 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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References The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) See more »

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Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Bournemouth Sinfonetta
Richard Studt director
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,
publisher and copyright holder
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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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