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Heart of Midnight (1988)

Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was. She begins to remember more about her very special ... See full summary »

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Matthew Chapman

Writer:

Matthew Chapman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Carol
Brenda Vaccaro ... Betty
Jack Hallett Jack Hallett ... Lawyer
Nicholas Love ... Tom (as Nick Love)
James Rebhorn ... Richard
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Henry
Sam Schacht ... Uncle Fletcher (as Sam Schact)
Nina Lora Nina Lora ... Carol as a Child
Steve Buscemi ... Eddy
Frank Stallone ... Ledray
Denise Dumont Denise Dumont ... Mariana (as Denise Dummont)
Peter Coyote ... Sharpe / Larry
Jim Geallis Jim Geallis ... Lt. Sharpe (as James Geallis)
Ken Moser Ken Moser ... Ledray's Sidekick
Nicholas Cimino ... Boy with Kittens
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Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was. She begins to remember more about her very special relationship with her uncle as she battles her memories and her surroundings in her new home. Written by Rick Lofgren <rlofgren@synopsys.com>

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Between the madness of what is real and the horror of her imagination lies the... Heart of Midnight.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film features a short stag film called "Apple Knockers and Coke," on a B&W television (at around 16 mins); which was sold to the director as supposedly starring Marilyn Monroe. In actuality, the film stars 1954 Playboy model Arline Hunter, who had a slight resemblance to Monroe. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Italian and German VHS and TV editions run 1:29:01 at PAL speed; the UK DVD edition runs 1:46:25 at PAL speed, so it's 17 minutes longer. Nevertheless, it's missing a bit during the rape scene: for a few seconds the hardcore cartoon showing on TV is replaced by less rude images. The cartoon is intact in the other shorter editions. See more »

Connections

Features The 39 Steps (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Performed by Ruth Brown
Written by Johnny Wallace and Herbert J. Lance
Published by Marvin Music Co.
Courtesy Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Bizarre, Creepy & Colorful
4 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I was surprised to discover this was really a horror film. I don't know if it's labeled that, but that's what it should be called. It's spooky and creepy and just plain weird. With Jennifer Jason Leigh in the lead, I'm not surprised. She is pretty good at playing disturbed people as she showed later in "Single White Female."

For me, however, the best part of this film was the color. This film had a color palette that was fascinating at times. and the audio was good, too, with creepy sounds to go with the colorfully-painted nightclub/house interiors.

Some of the story left a bad taste in my mouth, just a bit too sordid in spots. With the exception of the social worker, there are no likable, trusting characters in this film. The one who is hardest to figure out is the one played by Peter Coyote.

Yet, despite this not being a particularly attractive story, the haunting audio and visuals keep sucking me back every 5-8 years into this bizarre tale.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$113,275
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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