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Nightwatch (1997)

R  |   |  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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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 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)  »

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La sombra de la noche  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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 (Nightwatch (1994)). See more »

Quotes

Inspector Thomas Cray: Most people, when they see something like this, their immediate reaction is to ask how could somebody do this and why. Even when we catch the killer, they want to know the how and why. In movies or television, the killer always explains the how or why. He always has some reason, however crazy, with a mad gleam in his eye. But I've interrogated murderers like this one before, and let me tell you, they are well beyond the need to justify what they do. They just do it. Explanations are just a ...
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Acceptable remake of excellent original
7 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

The critics seem to be missing something.

To me, Nightwatch creates a strong, post-modern creepy atmosphere. The nightwatch (Ewan McGregor, pretending to be American) does an OK job as the poor guy who gets far too involved in a necrophiliac killer's scheme (OK, so it's gross, but hey - movie goers need more and more nowadays). The original Danish film, Nattevagten is a masterpiece, and even though the remake follows the original closely, the feel and plot seems to have become Americanized and flat. (I won't even mention Patricia Arquette's abysmal performance).

Still, as a stand-alone film, I would rate it 8 out of 10 for atmosphere and, believe it or not, the script. Yes, the script isn't as bad as most say. Give it a look...


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