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Light Sleeper (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama | 13 March 1992 (UK)
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A drug dealer reconsiders his profession when his boss plans to go straight and an old flame reappears.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writer:

Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... John LeTour
Susan Sarandon ... Ann
Dana Delany ... Marianne
David Clennon ... Robert
Mary Beth Hurt ... Teresa
Victor Garber ... Tis
Jane Adams ... Randi
Paul Jabara Paul Jabara ... Eddie
Robert Cicchini ... Guidone
Sam Rockwell ... Jealous
Rene Rivera ... Manuel
David Spade ... Theological Cokehead
Steven Posen ... Hasid
Ken Ladd Ken Ladd ... Carlos
Brian Judge Brian Judge ... Thomas
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Storyline

A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his effectiveness at his job. Meanwhile someone is killing women in apparently drug-related incidents. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He was a good man in a deadly business. She was his only way out. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and drug content, and for violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Könnyű altató See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,050,861
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Paul Schrader actually sent Willem Dafoe out to observe deals with a real drug dealer as training for this role. When Schrader asked Dafoe if anybody recognized him, Dafoe said he believed some did, but that they were afraid they would not get their drugs if they said anything. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: [to John] Quite an erection you have there... Strange... I'm dripping.
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Features Scorpio Rising (1963) See more »

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Excerpt from 'Scorpio Rising'
Courtesy of Mystic Fire Video and Kenneth Anger
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Tough, gripping, and atmospheric.
19 February 2000 | by contronaturaSee all my reviews

When the subject of modern noir films is discussed, there are always a small group of films that is mentioned. "The Last Seduction", "Blood Simple", "L.A. Confidential", etc. All worthy selections in their own right. Even better, I think, is "Light Sleeper", which is a noir film right down to the core of its being. Taking place almost entirely in afterhours Manhattan, it's the story of John LeTour (Willem Dafoe), a drug courier who works for Ann (Susan Sarandon), delivering cocaine to upscale clients. LeTour wanders around the city, chauffered about in a black sedan by a silent driver named Carlos. It's a lonely existence, one that has "noir" written all over it. But this isn't a shallow or violent or ironically self-aware redux of noir films. Much like another recent Schrader-scripted film, this plunges right into the heart of the story, not standing back at all, undetached. Unlike other recent noir films, such as "The Usual Suspects", this film's soul lies not in convoluted twists and turns, but in redemption. LeTour spends the film searching for a meaning to his life, looking in the wrong place, and eventually finding meaning and hope in a somewhat unlikely place. But in the end, he realizes that it's all he has left to hang onto. A beautiful film.


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