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Nightwatch (1997)

A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anais Evans ...
Leanne (as Anaïs Evans)
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Newscaster
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James
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Old Watchman
Scott Burkholder ...
College Professor
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Guy in Pub
Alison Gale ...
Girl Friend of Guy in Pub
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Pub Thug
Mongo Brownlee ...
Pub Thug (as Mongo)
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Female Paramedic (as Candy Brown Houston)

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Storyline

A law student takes a job as the night-watchman in a morgue, thinking that he will have much time to study, with his biggest problem being his paranoia in this scary setting. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and the student ends up getting mixed up with one of the murders, becoming a suspect. Written by Soumitra

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He's a full-time college student who just took the wrong part-time job. Now he's the final piece in a brilliant serial killer's puzzle. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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

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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra de la noche  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

(at around 8 mins) The black and white picture of the guy on death row in the cabin is the same one used in the original version of this movie (Nattevagten (1994)). See more »

Quotes

Martin Bells: How do you know it's just the one guy?
Inspector Thomas Cray: Can I trust you?
Martin Bells: Well yeah, absolutely.
Inspector Thomas Cray: Can I trust you with a bit of privileged information?
Martin Bells: Oh yeah.
Inspector Thomas Cray: He has his signature.
Martin Bells: Signature?
Inspector Thomas Cray: He takes their eyes.
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Connections

References Sally Jessy Raphael (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Looking for James
Written and Conducted by Christophe Beck
Performed by Seattlemusic
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Dire thriller which thinks black bin liners create atmosphere
21 June 1999 | by (Swansea) – See all my reviews

Any great expectations you may have for this film begin to fade after 20 minutes. The director succeeds in creating a fine eerie atmosphere with shots that linger just long enough to make you expect something to happen, and does nothing with it. The film soon throws away any attempt at a decent plot and unravels under it's own pseudo intellectualism. Ewan McGregor smirks so much (probably at his attempt at an american accent, Sean Connery anyone?) you think he's just walked off the set of Trainspotting with a stash of drugs. Nick Nolte hams his way through every scene looking like a part time drag queen and Josh Brolin seems to be lost in his characters confusing mood swings. As for the women in the film, they seem to lack any substance at all and are very one dimensional. The film fails in sustaining any interest, it skips over all of it's gaping plot holes and has an ending which is very unfulfilling.


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