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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

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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 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.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de medianoche See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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$113,275
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Dolby Stereo

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Color (TVC)
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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 »

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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Baby, What Else Can I Do
Performed by Ethel Waters
Written by Gerald Marks (as G. Marks) & Walter Hirsch (as W. Hirsch)
Published by Mills Music, Inc.
Courtesy of RCA/Bluebird Records
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A visual tour-de-force
27 January 2002 | by vidalia15See all my reviews

From the opening scene of Matthew Chapman's Heart of Midnight, we know we are in for a visual tour-de-force. Jennifer Jason Leigh begins a new life in a bizarre, sinister, Lynchesque apartment complex, formerly occupied by her weird uncle, a pervert of sorts, whom Leigh slowly begins to remember.

Writer/director Chapman breathes sinister life into this creepy abode of a building. It seems to take on a life of its own in between the shadows, macabre lighting and ethereal noises that emanate from nowhere.

The film instantly draws us into a dark world where we are never sure what is exactly real and what is a figment of Leigh's imagination. Like any good psychological thriller, circumstances and events are revealed to us slowly, as we need to know them, and always advancing the plot.

More than anything else, the film sustains a brooding, macabre feel that always keeps us feeling uneasy, which seems to mirror Leigh's character. She is excellent here as a woman trying to come to grips with both her mental illness and a sordid past. The musical score is both eerie, yet powerful, further luring us into the film's creepiness.

The only flaw in the film is the villain, a victim of Leigh's Uncle's sexual perversions. Where the character makes sense from a psychological standpoint, the writing here is definitely over the top, a circumstance which takes away some of the film's credibility. Yet, it is a movie not to be taken so seriously so that this character does any major damage. The overall effect is left intact.

Those who are fans of David Lynch and of movies that create a convincing, yet creepy world of their own, should enjoy Heart of Midnight.


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