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Nightwatch (1997)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  17 April 1998 (USA)
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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.

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Johnson, Old Watchman
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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>

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He's the prime suspect in a terrifying mystery. The police are after him and so is the murderer. See more »

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

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La sombra de la noche  »

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

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$1,154,237 (USA) (1 May 1998)
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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 »

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Martine Bells: [Of James' thumb] : Does it hurt?
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High expectations ... but a disappointment
14 March 2001 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Nightwatch is a movie with an interesting premise, but it all falls apart in the end. Which is too bad because I couldn't think of a better setup for an urban tale of paranoia and suspense. Especially given that before I was born, my father was a night watch man (we call them security guards) stationed at a mental hospital/detox's and had to walk the grounds, do rounds, etc. It was not his favorite job. Eventually something better came along (we call that a career) and he was out of there.

So as me and my father sat down for this - a tale about a night watch man in an eerie place - just ripe for creepy vibes - we were quite interesting in seeing where this story would go. There was so many possibilities, but that's where our interest left because soon this movie was settling into the comfortable groove of predictability with the cliché formula of 'people dying and the main character is the chief suspect'. Sigh. Then we meet this guy's best friend. He's semi-wacko at least from my perspective. He's wild, weird, unpredictable and gross. So naturally he's either a huge red herring or he just got my early vote for the perverted sexual killer.

Things progress, we're given little snippets of factual information that pass as sly attempts at clues and then suddenly this best friend is mature, calm and in other words completely different than forty minutes ago. So he takes a back seat in the race for the perverted sexual killer and we're left with waiting to figure out who the killer is when at this point I don't care. The movie has already become stale, it slides even further before the end, and I'm left trying to believe this could have been a whole lot better.


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