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Still of the Night (1982)

A Manhattan psychiatrist probes a patient's murder and falls for the victim's mysterious mistress.

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Robert Benton

Writers:

Robert Benton (screenplay), David Newman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Sam Rice
Meryl Streep ... Brooke Reynolds
Jessica Tandy ... Grace Rice
Joe Grifasi ... Joseph Vitucci
Sara Botsford ... Gail Phillips
Josef Sommer ... George Bynum
Frederikke Borge Frederikke Borge ... Heather Wilson (as Rikke Borge)
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Murray Gordon
Larry Joshua ... Mugger
Tom Norton Tom Norton ... Auctioneer
Richmond Hoxie ... Mr. Harris
Hyon Cho Hyon Cho ... Mr. Chang
Danielle Cusson Danielle Cusson ... Girl
John Bentley John Bentley ... Night Watchman
George A. Tooks George A. Tooks ... Elevator Operator
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Storyline

George Bynum, a patient of Manhattan psychiatrist Dr. Sam Rice, is brutally murdered. Soon afterward, Dr. Rice is visited by Bynum's co-worker and mistress Brooke Reynolds and by the investigating officer Detective Vitucci. As Dr. Rice reviews the case notes on his sessions with Bynum, he starts his own investigation. At the same time, he finds himself falling for enigmatic blonde Brooke, despite her increasingly suspicious behavior. The closer Rice comes to the truth, the more he puts his own life in danger... Written by L. Hamre

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Taglines:

If looks could kill...

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stab See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,980, 21 November 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,979,947
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When this movie was being developed as 'Stab', it was originally intended to be a comedy and star Lily Tomlin. See more »

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Quotes

Doctor Sam Rice: Now listen to me! On account of you, I'm an accessory to something. I don't know what! I'm withholding evidence. I'm obstructing justice. I'm gonna get my license revoked if I'm not thrown into jail first. And on top of that, I've just spent fifteen thousand dollars for a painting I don't even like!
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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Classy homage to Hitchcock
28 April 2004 | by brontySee all my reviews

I remember being entirely taken with this film, seeing it several times when it was originally in theaters, way back in '82. Its creator, Robert Benton, freely admitted at the time that he intended this to be an homage to Hitchcock, and he's largely succeeded, right down to the cool, mysterious blonde female with a troubled past and the detective who is drawn to her, and the balletic, deliberate pacing that accentuates the suspense and tension, almost to a fault. Unlike Hitchcock, this film is strictly serious business, with nary a moment of lightness, which, alas, means something less than 'fun'. Hitchcock ALWAYS utilized humor, no matter how dark it may have been, recognizing that it, too, can actually heighten the suspense by putting people off their guard. This film would be richer for that sense but still it remains a good, solid mystery. As I've said, the story is pure Hitchcock: a murder takes place and a cool, mysterious blonde (Streep) may be the prime suspect, something that draws New York City psychologist (and amateur sleuth) Scheider towards her. One comment here said, "They don't make 'em classy like this anymore" and he couldn't be more right: from the restrained, low-key performance of Streep (accent-free but looking perhaps more beautiful here than in any other film she's done; she nearly resembles those women in a Dutch Renaissance painting), balancing the "livelier" performance of Scheider, to the lovely muted blues, browns, greys and blacks of its cinematography. There are a fair number of jolts and a satisfactory wrap-up, too. If there is any one fault with the film, it is, as one user has already commented, how slight the script is - it's nearly a puff of smoke! Another asked if we really needed ANOTHER homage to Hitchcock since De Palma's been doing it for years; however, one look at De Palma's films and THIS film and the difference is night and day: De Palma's films, which could be considered almost a Hyper-Hitchcock, are almost TOO jokey and slavish to its directors flights of fancy, while Benton's film exhibits the cool reserve, almost detachment, of its sophisticated New York settings. Hitchcock was THE undisputed master of thrillers and remains so to this day; it's wonderful to see other, modern directors try their hand at the lost art of the classy thriller/mystery. "Still of the Night" is definitely worth discovering, no matter its minor faults.


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