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Cold Comes the Night (2013)

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A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.

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Chloe
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Sophia
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Billy
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Gwen
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Social Worker
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Quincy
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Police Officer
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Cashier
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Denise
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Amber
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Donnie From Cincinnati
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Jacques
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A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.

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Sometimes the fight of your life comes in the dead of night.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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10 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Cold Quarter  »

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At 00:24:07, when in car with Topo and her mom, Sophia wants to play "I Spy". Looking at Topo (Bryan Cranston), she says "I spy with my little eye, something white". Can be writers' nod to Walter White, Cranston's famous character from Breaking Bad. See more »

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When Quincy gets in the car at the mini mart you can see exhaust coming out of the tale pipe he talks to Topo about going to a motel then he starts the engine. See more »

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[first lines]
Sophia: I don't wanna go to school. I said I don't wanna go to school.
Chloe: Oh, is that what that was?
Sophia: Mom...
Chloe: You can't stay here with me all day, Sophia.
Sophia: You know how to do a lot of things. You are very smart. Smarter than me, definitely. Then why do I have to go to school?
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Crazy Credits

'HHH Duck' is listed in the Stunts section of the credits as playing 'Mr. Jones the Turtle' (Sophia's pet - a painted turtle). 'HHH' stands for 'Horny Horny Horny'. See more »

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GOT SOMEBODY TO DREAM ABOUT
Written by Chelsea Brown and Justine Brown (the Summer Twins)
Performed by Summer Twins
Courtesy of BURGER RECORDS
Published by SUMMER TWINS MUSIC (ASCAP)
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Money mule Bryan Cranston meets his match in Alice Eve
19 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cold Comes the Night" is a very good noir. It was tense all the way through, developed its characters and their relationships smoothly and believably, and used its small town locations nicely. This is a b-movie, running about 80 minutes, excluding credits, but that is not a negative at all. This movie avoids clichés and comes across fresh. The plot did remind me a bit of "Collateral" in having a criminal (Cranston) commandeering Eve and her car for part of the plot, but this story is really very, very different from that one.

Eve plays a young widowed mother with a young daughter. They get along very well, but Eve has money pressures. She is trying to make it with a small motel by letting prostitutes use it, under the cooperating eyes of a local cop named Billy (Logan Marshall-Green) that she has relations with too although he is married or has a live-in woman who is quite jealous and has reason to be. Eve is under pressure from the social workers to leave this place or lose her daughter.

Cranston is a Russian or Eastern European money mule and gunman who is going blind and being driven in upstate New York by a young driver. He's transporting money to Canada. They stop at the motel to get some sleep. The young driver gets involved with a prostitute, leading to violence. Cranston then decides to utilize Eve for his purposes.

Cranston does a remarkable job projecting threat at times and sympathy at others, and so do Eve and Billy. These are not 100% good or evil people, and that makes the story all the more interesting and unpredictable. Billy, for example, is making money off of seizing assets of suspects and reselling them; and he gets a cut from the motel operations. In fact, only after awhile, as the characters developed, did I realize this was a real noir. In the beginning, one might have thought it to be on its way to be a conventional thriller, but it didn't turn out to be that at all.

I really liked this film and found it to be a pleasant surprise in not being just another thriller and in sustaining the logic of its plot without gimmicks or plot holes.


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