MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 999 this week

Nightwatch (1997)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  17 April 1998 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 14,245 users   Metascore: 40/100
Reviews: 125 user | 48 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders.

Director:

Writers:

(film Nattevagten), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 07 Jan 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 10 Feb 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Nightwatch" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Nightwatch (1997)

Nightwatch (1997) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Nightwatch.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Rousselot
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Greta Scacchi, Pete Postlethwaite
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

CIA guy and IRA guy reluctantly team up to catch IRA guy's rogue brother.

Director: James Brolin
Stars: Jennie Garth, James Brolin, Patrick Foy
Night Watch (2004)
Action | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina
Nora (2000)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Murphy
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch, Andrew Scott
Little Voice (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late father's old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Herman
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A father returns to his old hometown with his young family. Events force him to face the small town's xenophobia.

Director: Ole Bornedal
Stars: Lasse Rimmer, Lene Nystrøm, Fanny Bornedal
Blue Juice (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

JC is at the end of his Twenties and is living with his girlfriend Chloe in a small coastal town in England. He is a surfer legend and some day, three of his friends show up, including ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Prechezer
Stars: Sean Pertwee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A private eye shadows a female serial killer of men all over the U.S. without her knowing as he, strangely enough, occasionally acts as her guardian angel.

Director: Stephan Elliott
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man who's been labeled mentally ill is left on his own after his mother's murder. Confused and alone, he's targeted by two different con artists out to make off with his inheritance.

Director: Allan Mindel
Stars: Troy Garity, Alison Folland, Randy Quaid
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels" who are in charge of human relationships on earth,... See full summary »

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter
Masturbator (TV Movie 1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Ole Bornedal
Stars: Niels Anders Thorn, Birthe Neumann
Desserts (1999)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

One fine day, a solitary man walking alone on a deserted beach, minding his own business, suddenly discovers a delicious chocolate éclair just lying there. Looking around to see if the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Stark
Stars: Ewan McGregor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Joyce
Lonny Chapman ...
Johnson, Old Watchman
Erich Anderson ...
Newscaster
Scott Burkholder ...
College Professor
...
Guy in Pub
Alison Gale ...
Girlfriend of Guy in Pub
...
Pub Thug
Mongo ...
Pub Thug
...
Female Paramedic
Edit

Storyline

Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders. Written by <CherylC894@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

morgue | student | paranoia | suspect | corpse | See more »

Taglines:

In the mind of the police, he's the prime suspect. In the eyes of a killer, he's the next victim. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong, morbid violence, language, sexuality, and some drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra de la noche  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$585,733 (USA) (17 April 1998)

Gross:

$1,154,237 (USA) (1 May 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The photograph on the bulletin board at the guard desk that Martin notices when he shows up for his first shift and asks the old watchman about, is a famous photo of Lewis Thornton Powell (also known as Lewis Paine or Lewis Payne), a conspirator with John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Thomas Cray: I want you to do me a favor, Martin.
[tosses Martin a baseball bat]
Inspector Thomas Cray: Hit me.
Martin Bells: What?
Inspector Thomas Cray: Come on, Martin. Hit me. How much more can you take? Do you know what they're going to do to you, Martin? They're going to snuff you out, like a bug hitting a windshield. You're going to die anyway, Martin. Don't you know that you're going to die? Now come on, Martin. You've got to do something. Protect yourself, save yourself. Martin, this is your last chance. Do something! Or I'll take your girlfriend's eyes.
See more »

Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wake-Up Bomb
Written by Bill Berry (as William Berry), Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills
Performed by R.E.M.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Creepiest Movie That You Never Even Heard Of
3 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This one of those little movies that never got much in the line of studio promotion or advertising budget. You might have seen it, single copy on the bottom of the Video Rental Shelf. You probably passed it by, assuming it was some 'straight to video' D-Grade Horror, or maybe some embarrassing first film of Ewan McGregors being resurrected to cash in on his new fame?

If you love creepy suspense thrillers than I bet you will be as surprised as i was. ITS GOOD!

I might have a psychological bias since I have worked in a morgue, but the cold wet atmosphere, chilling lighting and downright suspense had me creeped out and twitching all the way through.

Ewan McGregor is solid as always and a fantastic sympathetic character if there ever was one. I really have to say something about Josh Brolin here - what a great performance. A scene between him and Alix Koromzay (Joyce) was one of those amazing little scenes you cant forget! Let me also say something about Nick Nolte in this - FREAKY. Some might find his character 'too predictable' but I don't think you need to worry about finding out 'who done it' either, you just cringe and chill at how bloody creepy Nolte is!

Yes, this is somewhat campy and occasionally wry and I loved it - Brad Dourif makes something of a 'Cameo' (not really but with him it feels like it heh) and you gotta smile at that. It doesn't abuse the tongue in cheekiness though.. It really does take itself just seriously enough to win.

European to American Remakes often fall short but this time the same Director made both and well done! Direction was absolutely perfect for me and I found it clever enough and creepy enough to give it a very solid Seven out of Ten.

Definitely one of those 'Under-rated but surprisingly good!' movies and its a shame most people never saw it come and go!


35 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ok for 12 year olds? samsport13
danish or english version Valentinius
brad dourif the_atomic_dj_cruz
One of the scariest movies ever... MaxQuant
Lewis Payne intermissiontime
Why are those trees wrapped in plastic? fididdle
Discuss Nightwatch (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?