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Nightwatch -- Law student Martin Bells takes a job as the night watchman in a creepy city morgue. But when a serial killer's mutilated victims begin to pile up, Martin finds himself at odds with a surly police detective.


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Writers (WGA):
Ole Bornedal (film Nattevagten)
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Release Date:
17 April 1998 (USA) See more »
He's the prime suspect in a terrifying mystery. The police are after him and so is the murderer. See more »
Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ewan McGregor ... Martin Bells

Patricia Arquette ... Katherine

Josh Brolin ... James Gallman

Lauren Graham ... Marie

Nick Nolte ... Inspector Thomas Cray

Brad Dourif ... Duty Doctor

Alix Koromzay ... Joyce
Lonny Chapman ... Johnson, Old Watchman
Erich Anderson ... Newscaster
Scott Burkholder ... College Professor

Michael Matthys ... Guy in Pub
Alison Gale ... Girlfriend of Guy in Pub

Robert LaSardo ... Pub Thug
Mongo Brownlee ... Pub Thug (as Mongo)

Candy Ann Brown ... Female Paramedic

Michelle Csitos ... Prostitute

Lennie Loftin ... Man in Theater

Bradley Gregg ... Theater Actor

Nicholas Sadler ... Theater Director

Jeff Davis ... Stagehand
Nicholas Cascone ... Male Paramedic
Ben Skorstad ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anais Evans ... Leanne

Larry Cedar ... Waiter (uncredited)

Sandra Hess ... Student (uncredited)

John C. Reilly ... Deputy Inspector Bill Davis (uncredited)

Directed by
Ole Bornedal 
Writing credits
Ole Bornedal (film Nattevagten)

Ole Bornedal (screenplay) and
Steven Soderbergh (screenplay)

Produced by
Cary Granat .... executive producer
Daniel Lupi .... line producer
Michael Obel .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joachim Holbek 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sally Menke 
Casting by
Richard Pagano  (as Rick Pagano)
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
Art Direction by
Kathleen M. McKernin 
Adam Scher 
Set Decoration by
Brian Kasch 
Costume Design by
Louise Mingenbach 
Makeup Department
Jackie Caydam .... special effects administrator: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Debra Denson .... makeup artist
Janet Evaschuck .... special effects technician: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Steve Johnson .... special makeup effects
Leon Laderach .... special effects technician: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Leonard MacDonald .... prosthetic makeup artist: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Kenny Myers .... prosthetic makeup supervisor: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Kenny Myers .... special makeup effects
Christopher Allen Nelson .... prosthetic makeup department head: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist
Linda Kay Rendina .... assistant makeup artist
Richard Snell .... prosthetic makeup artist: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Sean Taylor .... special effects production coordinator: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Matt Ullman .... special effects production assistant: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Brian Walsh .... special effects production assistant: Steve Johnson's XFX, Inc.
Gigi Williams .... hair stylist
Production Management
Craig Markey .... production manager
Richard Potter .... executive in charge of production
Andrew Rona .... executive in charge of production
Pamela Winn-Barnett .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tia Ardran .... second assistant director
Craig Borden .... additional second assistant director
Lisa Campbell .... first assistant director
Fred Mandel .... second second assistant director
Art Department
George Atamian .... set dresser
George Capetanos .... on-set dresser: reshoots
Harry Conrad Chitwood .... construction coordinator
Lisa De Alva .... property mistress: second unit
Paul Dowler .... lead man
Kristen Gassner .... set decorating buyer
Steve Joyner .... property master
Martin Milligan .... props
Aaron Newton .... general foreman
Portia Perry .... paint foreman
Steve Roll .... propmaker
Julie Smith .... on-set dresser
Alan Feffer .... propmaker (uncredited)
Timothy Main .... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard McConnell .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Allen .... sound effects editor
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound effects editor
Paul Berolzheimer .... special sound effects design
Stephanie Flack .... supervising dialogue editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Patrick M. Griffith .... supervising sound editor
Dana Gustafson .... foley editor
David Halbert .... boom operator
Stephen Halbert .... sound
Bruce M. Honda .... foley engineer
Nino Jacobsen .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas James .... sound effects editor
Steve Kohler .... dubbing recordist
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Ben Wilkins .... sound editor
Ben Wilkins .... sound effects editor
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor
William Jacobs .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tim Rakoczy .... sound intern (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects supervisor: 2nd unit-pyro/mech/PT
Dale Newkirk .... special effects
Beecher Tomlinson .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Marla Casey .... stunt double
Cliff Cudney .... stunt coordinator
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven A. Adelson .... Steadicam operator
Steven A. Adelson .... camera operator
Keith A. Hascher .... lighting technician
Nathan Hathaway .... best boy electric
Bob Ivanjack .... key grip
David Lee .... gaffer
George Maxwell .... lighting technician
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
Sean Hunter Moe .... camera loader
Al Patt .... dolly grip
William Robinson .... assistant camera
Tim Soronen .... best boy grip
Taylor Evan Sparks .... electrician
John Warner .... grip (as John 'JW' Warner)
Robert Zuckerman .... still photographer
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Dixie Webster .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Gering .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... assistant editor
Melissa Carter .... assistant editor
Rod Dean .... editorial consultant
David Hamme .... colorist
Robert Lattanzio .... second assistant editor
Katie Mack .... assistant editor
Bob McMillian .... color timer
Joel C. Peterson .... post-production assistant
Tatiana S. Riegel .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Marco Beltrami .... composer: additional music
John Houlihan .... music supervisor
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Marvin R. Morris .... assistant music editor
John O'Brien .... composer: additional music
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Micki Stern .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Glenn Knowlton .... driver
Elaine Patarini .... transportation
Leo Stefanos .... transportation dispatcher
Other crew
Kyle Cooper .... title sequence: designer and second unit director
Tyrone D. Dixon .... assistant accountant
Holly Dorff .... adr voice
Jay Frasco .... assistant to the director
Kimberly Jue .... title sequence: designer
Eileen Malyszko Lee .... production coordinator
Michael Matus .... set medic
Tracy Lee McGrath .... production executive
Melanie Miller .... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots
Cynthia Phillips .... first assistant accountant
Larry Plastrick .... title sequence: editor
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot
Kelly A. Snyder .... production accountant (as Kelly Snyder)
Jayne-Ann Tenggren .... script supervisor
Todd Williams .... projectionist

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Rated R for strong, morbid violence, language, sexuality, and some drug content
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Martin Bells:The police have a suspect.
James Gallman:Who is it?
Martin Bells:It's me.
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Have you ever been killed before?, 4 December 2004
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

***SPOILERS*** Nick Nolte for all intents and purposes looking like Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster but without the use of makeup is police inspector Thomas Cray who's in charge of a special police task force trying to find and capture, dead or alive, a serial killer. The killer for some weird reason has a habit of cutting out the eyes of his dead victims, all women, and then raping their corpses. It seems that the killer wants to quit the business of serial killing but at the same time wants the police and the law to leave him alone and stop hunting him down so he can enjoy his retirement.

This sets up the story for young law student Martin Bell, Ewan McGeror, who just got a job at the local medical examiner building as a night watchman where all the recent murder victims of the killers are kept. The killer plans to frame young Martin as can then be free from being tracked down and arrested for the crimes that Martin will be jailed for.

"Nightwatch" has it's share of cheap thrills and a number of twists and turns in it's story but their very unconvincing in how the killer, who you can spot almost as soon as you see him, is so hard for the police to find when his actions are so insane and weird just like those of the murderer.

The film-makers put two people into roles that would make you think that their the real killer of the people in the movie. One is so obvious that you just know that he didn't do it and is just a red herring put into the movie to get you and the police off the track of the real killer.

There's also a fact that he, the killer, once worked in the medical examiner's office some time ago and was dismissed for messing around with the corpses. All that is in the medical examiners record department which should have been a dead give away to everyone involved just too who he really is.

There's also some scenes in the movie that focus on a photo of Lewis Paine, thats pinned to the wall in the night watchman's office one of the people executed for the murder of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. This seems to indicate to the audience that he, or his ghost, may have something to do with the killings but in the end nothing ever comes of it and he's completely forgotten well before the movie is over.

There's also a very mixed-up sub-plot in the movie between Martin's friend James, Josh Brolin, and a hooker he picked up at the local bus station Joyce, Alix Koromzay,who he's trying to get Martin to have an affair with her. This moronic attempt by James is to give him a high since it seems that the normal high he used to get with women by having sex is no longer there and even having the hell beat out of him to get high doesn't work either.

Joyce's relations with Martin, which are almost next to nothing, has his girlfriend Kathy, Pat Arquette, leave him and in the end. Sure enough Joyce ends up being a victim of the on the loose serial killer and Martin, becomes the prime suspect just like the killer wanted in the crime.

The ending of "Nightwatch" had the usual damsel as well as good guy both in distress with the crazed killer having them both tied down on a table in the mortuary and about to cut both their skulls open with an electric slicer. It's then when the person who was made to look like the killer during the entire movie coming to their rescue, minus a thumb, blasting the real killer away and sending him to his just reward.

"Nightwatch" is a watchable horror/suspense movie but it's hard to take seriously at all due it it's very predictable and unconvincing story and the killer is so obvious that you can easily spot him well before the movie reveals his true identity.

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