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Nightwatch (1997)

A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.

Director:

Ole Bornedal

Writers:

Ole Bornedal (film Nattevagten), Ole Bornedal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anais Evans Anais Evans ... Leanne (as Anaïs Evans)
Ewan McGregor ... Martin Bells
Nick Nolte ... Inspector Cray
Erich Anderson ... Newscaster
Josh Brolin ... James
Lauren Graham ... Marie
Patricia Arquette ... Katherine
Lonny Chapman ... Old Watchman
Scott Burkholder ... College Professor
Brad Dourif ... Duty Doctor
Michael Matthys ... Guy in Pub
Alison Gale Alison Gale ... Girl Friend of Guy in Pub
Robert LaSardo ... Pub Thug
Mongo Brownlee Mongo Brownlee ... Pub Thug (as Mongo)
Candy Ann Brown ... Female Paramedic (as Candy Brown Houston)
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Storyline

A law student takes a job as the night-watchman in a morgue, thinking that he will have much time to study, with his biggest problem being his paranoia in this scary setting. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and the student ends up getting mixed up with one of the murders, becoming a suspect. Written by Soumitra

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He's a full-time college student who just took the wrong part-time job. Now he's the final piece in a brilliant serial killer's puzzle. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong, morbid violence, language, sexuality, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sombra de la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$585,733, 19 April 1998

Gross USA:

$1,179,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,179,002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Nick Nolte and John C. Reilly later appeared in The Thin Red Line (1998). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Inspector Thomas Cray: Martin, if all this is what I think it is, there is someone very dangerous standing right behind you in the dark, breathing down your neck.
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Crazy Credits

In the Hungarian dub of the film, the 1987 Miramax logo appears at the beginning of the film, instead of the 1998 Miramax skyline logo See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film was just about 2 1/2 hours and included a different score and different opening sequence which was just an extended version of the two couples having dinner together followed by an extended scene at the local pub. The entire subplot of discussion of marriage between Lauren Graham and Josh Brolin's characters was cut, including a sequence at the end where they are married at a double wedding alongside Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor's characters. This version also included an extended restaurant scene with Joyce and more contact between her and Martin throughout the film, including a much more graphic death sequence in Joyce's apartment. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Paris-Manhattan (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Menuet - Op 13
Written by Luigi Boccherini
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Don Jackson, conducter
Courtesy of Iliad, Inc.
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Flawed but entertaining suspense thriller.
2 March 2009 | by hu675See all my reviews

College student Martin Bells (Ewan McGregor) is hopefully to make some money for himself by taking a job at the old city morgue. Which Martin thinks it's easy money until his graveyard shift turned into something else. A mysterious serial killer is been murdering unsuspected prostitutes but before he murders them... he makes them play dead. Now this murderer is been stalking Martin on his night shifts by playing sick mind games with the dead corpses.

Directed by Ole Bornedal made an predictable but fairly intriguing suspense-thriller. Which Bornedal remade his own film "Nattevagten" for Dimension Films. McGregor's American accent comes and goes but he is surrounded by a sharp supporting cast like Patricia Arquette as his worried girlfriend, Josh Brolin as Martin's daredevil buddy, Brad Dourif as a doctor and Nick Notle as a police detective. "Nightwatch" was set to release in the fall of 1996 but released instead limited in the spring of 1998. Which the film critics were not kind to it, since the identity of the villain was too easy to guess but the movie is oddly irresistible thanks to some suspense, Bornedal's stylish creepy mood and some light touches of humour. The look on McGregor's face, when his buddy scares him nearly to death in the morgue is priceless. Despite all it's flaws, this is worth a look. Written by the director and Oscar-Winner Steven Soderbergh (The Ocean Trilogy, Erin Brockovich, Solaris "2002"). John C. Reilly appears uncredited. Super 35. (*** 1/2 out of *****).


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