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Mother Night (1996)

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An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Howard Campbell
Anthony J. Robinow ... Prison Warden
Michael McGill ... Prison Official
Shimon Aviel ... Guard Bernard Liebman
Bill Corday ... Campbell's Father
Bronwen Mantel ... Campbell's Mother
... Young Howard Campbell
... Helga & Resi Noth
... Major Frank Wirtanen
Louis Strauss ... Old Jewish Man
... Joseph Goebbels
... Rudolph Hoess
... SS Officer
Jeff Pufah ... Young German Soldier
... Werner Noth
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Howard W. Campbell, Jr., an American expatriate playwright, Nazi radio propagandist, and Allied spy, writes his memoirs during his pre-trial confinement in 1961 Haifa and learns that people are what they pretend to be. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Be careful what you pretend to be. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Confessione finale  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,661, 3 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$392,362
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1.85 : 1
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The scene where Nick Nolte points a Luger pistol towards his mouth thinking about suicide, the toggle on top of the pistol was up and not flat. The pistol would not have fired this way. The toggle would have to be down or flat. See more »

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[first lines]
Prison Warden: Do you prefer German or English?
Howard W. Campbell Jr.: English.
Prison Warden: You are to write down your memoirs for the Haifa Institute For The Documentation of War Criminals. You have three weeks to complete your memoirs before your trial begins. Do you have any questions?
Howard W. Campbell Jr.: No, this is great. Thanks for everything.
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References Twin Peaks: Pilot (1990) See more »

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Allegro
from "The Four Seasons"
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Courtesy Associated Production Music
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A pleasant surprise
20 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie pleasantly surprised me. It has a touching, slightly off-center approach that never loses your attention. This is a movie I never heard about, but if you want a "sleeper", this is it. Great writing, production, and acting. I highly recommend it for audiences who want something thoughtful. Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee and Alan Arkin are marvelous. Why wasn't more made of this movie?


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