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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.


Robert Benton


Robert Benton (screenplay), David Newman (story) | 1 more credit »
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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 Eric Bentley ... Night Watchman (as John Bentley)
George A. Tooks George A. Tooks ... Elevator Operator


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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If looks could kill...


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Writer-Director Robert Benton once described this movie as "What happens to a man when he finds himself falling in love with a woman he fears." This question, the premise of the movie, resulted from Benton's own personal experiences. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


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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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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good Hitchcockian start but falters
20 May 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Dr. Sam Rice (Roy Scheider) is a Manhattan psychiatrist like his mother Grace (Jessica Tandy). He's recently divorced. One of his patients George Bynum has been killed. He is visited by the mysterious Brooke Reynolds (Meryl Streep) who worked with Bynum at the auction house Crispin's. She's also Bynum's mistress. They are interrupted by Detective Vitucci and she accidentally leaves behind a watch. Dr. Rice examines his files on Bynum and suspicions falls on Reynolds.

I really like the Hitchcockian touches. I love the laundry room when the lights go out in the hallway. I did not like all the flashback re-examination of his files. The plot loses its way a bit and some of its tension. Meryl Streep is pretty good as the mysterious damsel-in-distress. Although she's not the classic sex bombshell. Scheider is still a good leading man. This could be a much better mystery thriller.

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Release Date:

19 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stab See more »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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