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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.

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Paul Schrader

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Paul Schrader
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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 ... Bill Guidone
Sam Rockwell ... Jealous
Rene Rivera ... Manuel
David Spade ... Theological Cokehead
Steven Posen 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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A story about the discovery of the spirit, the Lure of Decadence, and the Chance for Escape. [Australia theatrical] 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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Trivia

Writer/Director Paul Schrader has said that "Light Sleeper" is the final film in his trilogy of loners who hate their jobs. "Taxi Driver" and "American Gigolo" were the other two films. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: I envy you. Convenient memory is a gift from God.
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Connections

Referenced in Norm Macdonald Has a Show: David Spade (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Twisted
(Child, Warren, Roberts)
© 1991 Virgin Songs, Inc. / EMI April Music Inc. / Desmobile Music /
Realsongs / Stimulus Music
Performed by Kane Roberts
Courtesy of Geffen Record © 1991
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This film has to be one of Schrader's best films for sure.
11 April 2001 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

"Light Sleeper" is a great and very effective yarn that follows John LeTour (Willem Dafoe), a drug trafficker/former addict who seems miserable and lonely while bringing drugs to users in the Big Apple. LeTour's life is put to the test when he finds out from Robert (David Clennon), that their boss, Ann (Susan Sarandon), is finally switching to cosmetics instead of drugs and an old flame, Marianne Joseph (Dana Delany), comes to town to visit her ailing mother. The movie moves at a steady pace and doesn't get ugly until the fierce and bloody shootout near the end of the movie. I must note that I'm a big fan of Dafoe and the strong (and moving) performance that he gives here is why I admire him a lot.

The film's photography, shot by Ed Lachman ("The Limey", "The Virgin Suicides"), is nothing short of brilliant and beautiful. In the early moments of the film, there are several small piles of garbages that nearly cover up the sidewalks and the bottom of the street lights. Dafoe, who also narrates the movie, mentions that there's a strike. Also, the musical score that's composed and performed by Michael Been, is good to listen to and it stayed with me during the whole film.

Paul Schrader (who directed the movie and wrote the screenplay) knows very well how to handle the film here with a simple and wise approach. Most of his earlier (and recent) work, dating back (and now) to the screenplay(s) that he wrote for Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" and "Bringing Out The Dead" and one of his own films - "American Giglo" make great examples of anyone who works at night and feels agitated. "Light Sleeper" itself has to be one of Schrader's best films for sure.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,302, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$1,050,861

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,055,987
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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