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Sleepless Night -- A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld finds his secret life exposed when he and his partner are caught stealing cocaine from a powerful drug dealer, a move that puts his son's life in jeopardy.


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11 May 2012 (USA) See more »
A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld finds his secret life exposed when he and his partner are caught stealing cocaine from a powerful drug dealer, a move that puts his son's life in jeopardy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tomer Sisley ... Vincent
Serge Riaboukine ... José Marciano

Julien Boisselier ... Lacombe

Joey Starr ... Feydek
Laurent Stocker ... Manuel

Birol Ünel ... Yilmaz

Lizzie Brocheré ... Vignali
Samy Seghir ... Thomas
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Alex
Adel Bencherif ... Abel

Catalina Denis ... Julia

Pom Klementieff ... Lucy
Vincent Bersoulle ... Turc 3 (as Vincent Bersoulet)
Olivier Massart ... Quinquagénaire

Cécile Boland ... Barmaid
Pascal Lavanchy ... Conducteur
Hervé Sogne ... Jeune flic police secours
Gabriel Boisante ... Inspecteur
Anne-Elisabeth Chuffart ... Jeune inspecteur

Dean Constantin ... Policier
Albert Dray ... Témoin
Jean-Michel Correia ... Videur
Jérôme Gaspard ... Trentenaire
Issam Akel ... Barman 1
Thomas Ancora ... Barman 2
Shom Siddiqi ... Sri-lankais 1
Laurent Hérion ... Cuisinier
Pascal Guégan ... Joueur billard
Kevin Conseil ... Serveur
Natasha Bintz ... Employée vestiaire 1 (as Natascha Bintz)
Esther Correira ... Employée vestiaire 2
Nikola Kostic ... Conducteur voiture came

Laurent Demianoff ... Passager voiture came
Sacha Cortez ... DJ
Bénédicte Philippon ... Jeune fille défoncée
Noha Choukrallah ... Chanteuse 1
François Saussus ... Chanteur / Sbire 1
Manon ... Chanteuse 2
Emman Van Landeghem ... Chanteur
Fabrice Giacinto ... Sbire 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Breda ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Frédéric Jardin 
Writing credits
Frédéric Jardin (scenario) &
Nicolas Saada (scenario)

Frédéric Jardin (adaptation and dialogue) &
Olivier Douyère (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Lauranne Bourrachot .... producer
Marco Cherqui .... producer
David Grumbach .... producer
Jean-Jacques Neira .... producer
Paolo Nino Cence .... assistant producer
Adrian Politowski .... co-producer
Paul Thiltges .... producer
Hubert Toint .... producer
Gilles Waterkeyn .... co-producer
Original Music by
Nicolas Errèra 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern 
Film Editing by
Christophe Pinel 
Casting by
François Parascan 
Production Design by
Hubert Pouille 
Set Decoration by
Florin Dima 
Costume Design by
Uli Simon 
Makeup Department
Peggy Bernaerts .... make up & hair artist
Katja Reinert-Alexis .... makeup designer
Production Management
Nicolas Bassetto .... post-production supervisor
Marc Dalmans .... production manager
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... production manager
Anne Giraudau .... production manager
Christian Pannrucker .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hubert Barbin .... first assistant director
Michaël de Nijs .... second assistant director
Corentin Skwara .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Niki Geeraerts .... carpenter
Ruben Hermans .... construction manager: luxembourg
Carlos Theus .... carpenter
Sound Department
Angelo Dos Santos .... dialogue editor
Angelo Dos Santos .... sound editor
Patrick Ghislain .... foley mixer
Charles Hennuyez .... boom operator
Vincent Maloumian .... foley artist
Christian Monheim .... sound mixer
Michel Schillings .... re-recording mixer
Nicolas Tran Trong .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Virginie Arnaud .... assistant stunt coordinator
Malki Attar .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunt coordinator
Frédéric Dessains .... stunts
Sylvain Gabet .... stunts
Jérôme Gaspard .... stunt double
Gabriel Mercier .... stunt double
Gabriel Mercier .... stunt performer
Franck Merenda .... stunts
Jean-Charles Rousseau .... stunts
Nizar Saidi .... stunts
Sébastien Seveau .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... camera operator
Myriam Amouri .... second assistant camera
François Andreoletti .... first assistant b-camera
Charles Cornier .... second assistant camera
Kevin Dresse .... electrician
Emilie Guéret .... electrician
Tessa Inocencio .... camera trainee
Olivier Koos .... d.i.t. tech
Julien Lambert .... assistant camera
Fabrizio Maltese .... still photographer
Nadia Masri .... camera trainee
Aleks Sandrine Neumuller .... daily electrician
Tom Oversteijns .... key grip
Théodore Theodorides .... first assistant camera (as Theo Theodorides)
Jean-Paul Vallorani .... camera operator
Jan Vandenbussche .... lighting technician
Ricardo Vaz Palma .... still photographer
Wolfgang Wesemann .... first assistant b-camera
Casting Department
Michaël de Nijs .... original casting
François Parascan .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasha Francotte .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Pauline Archange .... assistant editor
Peter Bernaers .... colorist
Marco Cavé .... additional editor
Liam McEvoy .... first assistant editor
Pauline Pallier .... assistant editor
Location Management
Gilles Franchimont .... location assistant
Thanos Goltsos .... assistant location manager
Christian Pannrucker .... location manager
Robert Schlungs .... location assistant
Robert Schlungs .... location crew
Music Department
Artaban .... composer: additional music
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... assistant scoring engineer
Yannick Ciancanelli .... composer: additional music
Benton Ionic .... composer: additional music (as Ionic Benton)
Valérie Lindon .... executive music producer
Joséphine Winocour .... music coordinator
D.J. Yenn .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Tewes Jerome .... transportation coordinator
Paolo Signorini .... driver
Other crew
Gaëlle Debaisieux .... script supervisor assistant
Djima Gana .... production administrator (2010)
Pierre Philippe Hendrickx .... legal advisor: Belgium
Martin Metz .... production executive
Iwona Sellers .... production executive
Bastien Sirodot .... production executive
Françoise Thouvenot .... script supervisor
Anne Berger .... production support executive (uncredited)
Jeremy Burdek .... special thanks
Nadia Khamlichi .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nuit blanche" - France (original title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The movie was remade into Tamil as Thoongaavanam and dubbed as Cheekati Raajyam in Telugu.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Thoongaavanam (2015)See more »


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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Solid Die Hard-esque action, 10 May 2012
Author: FilmPulse

Sleepless Night, the new French action film written and directed by Frédéric Jardin, combines all the visceral action of a film like Die Hard, with the suspense and urgency of 24. While the film itself doesn't stray too far from the standard action formula, it still manages to take us on fun ride over the course of one crazy night.

Shot almost entirely in what appears to be the largest, most labyrinthine night club in the world, Sleepless Night follows Vincent, a cop who ends up on the wrong side of the law, as he attempts to make things right, and save his kidnapped son. Caught between the gangsters that have his child, and the police that are chasing him down, Vincent needs to make his way through the crowded night club and get himself and his son to safety.

Although this is not an entirely original concept, the execution of the story is expertly done. Within the first minute of the film, we're thrown into the action, which sets the tone for the rest of the movie. It's fast paced and at times frantic, but does let us catch our breath from time to time. The fact that it also takes place over the course of one night, in one centralized location, also adds to the suspenseful nature of the film. Although the club seems to be enormous, with many back hallways and side rooms, it's also very crowded and feels claustrophobic at times, which helps accentuate the frenzy, along with the ever present thumping of the club's music.

Having the entire film take place in this club is an interesting idea, however there are several questions of logic and common sense that are raised. Mainly, the fact that there are numerous gun fights throughout the film, and no one seems to be frightened or call the police. There are also several fights that take place in very public areas, and yet everyone seems to just ignore the fact that men are being killed around them. Personally, if I'm at a club and I hear gunshots, I'm out of there, I don't care if they just started playing that Queen song I love.

Logistical problems aside, this is still a fun movie to watch. The fight scenes are very realistic looking and feel very brutal. Instead of going with meticulously choreographed punches and kicks, Jardin decided to go with a more simple approach. The men who are fighting look like there's a purpose to every punch. They are doing it out of necessity, not because it looks flashy. Vincent does everything within his power to fend off his attackers and get to his son. He uses the environment to his advantage, grabbing at anything and everything that will stop the people trying to kill him.

Sleepless Night does a lot of borrowing from Die Hard, but still manages to stand on it's own as a top notch action film. With an engaging story, and some excellent fight scenes, this is an easy recommendation for any action fan. It's also been recently announced that this film will be getting an American remake, so it's certainly worth checking out before we ruin it with our own version.


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