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Dead Awake (2001)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  6 November 2001 (USA)
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Desmond Caine suffers from insomnia and spends his nights walking the streets. One night, he witnesses a murder, generating a strange chain of events in his life.

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Desmond Caine
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W.D.
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Edward Yankie ...
Det. Gary Belladonna
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Kimberly 'Kick' Birmingham
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Chaney Streeter
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Lena Savage
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Alma Blasquez
Frank Schorpion ...
McCoy Wright
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Veronica
Daniel Brochu ...
Pit Bull Owner
Gillian Ferrabee ...
Gloria Magik
Lorne Brass ...
Udo Magik
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Vicki (as Michelle Lipper)
Donovan Reiter ...
Horace Ramirez
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An insomniac wanders the streets at night and ends up at a local deli where life's losers appear to end up, including a nice, although slightly lost young woman and a slightly deranged, apparently homeless man, and a untalkative, dysfunctional cop hangout. On one of the late night forays, the insomniac witnesses a murder. When he tries to report, there is no sign of the murder, but the cops become convinced he is the killer. But wait, that is not the weird part. It seems that the insomniac has a girl friend, who doesn't have a clue that he gets up at night and wanders the city, and a personal assistant, who knows all about his exploits. But it only gets weirder from there as the cops uncover that the murdered man is connected to the man's girl friend. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Sleepwalking in a nightmare

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Rated R for language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »
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At the end of the movie, when Desmond is talking to UDO, the door of the red Mercedes is closed. When the shot expands to a wide view for a brief moment before scene change, the door is open. See more »

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Great Idea, and well done but and opportunity missed perhaps!
3 February 2003 | by (Marlow, England) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty good little thriller. The idea revolving around insomniac Desmond Caine, who wonders the streets at night and witnesses a murder, was good. Did he really see a murder, or is his brain playing tricks on him. It soon becomes apparant that he did really see a murder, which he becomes the lead suspect for, and his life is then in danger.

This is a well paced and soldily directed thriller with good twists and it has a dark and funny comical edge to it. The good thing about this film was that it had a fairly original idea and the film is entertaining. The end was kind of a let down in some ways though. I do think this idea had the potential to be a really good dark and eerie thriller, ore of a horror, while this is more of a quirky thriller.

The cast is good. Stephan Baldwin is good in the lead, as is the gorgeous Maxim Roy as his wife. It is Michael Ironside who steal the show though, he is excellent as one of the strange characters that Desmond meets on his nightly journeys.

Overall this was solid and watchable but most definately not best way to have handled a great idea (much like the handling of Schwarzeneggers 6th day), but it certainly wasn't the worst. 6/10


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