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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.

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Anais Evans ... Leanne (as Anaïs Evans)
... Martin Bells
... Inspector Cray
... Newscaster
... James
... Marie
... Katherine
... Old Watchman
... College Professor
... Duty Doctor
... Guy in Pub
Alison Gale ... Girl Friend of Guy in Pub
... Pub Thug
Mongo Brownlee ... Pub Thug (as Mongo)
... 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 »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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

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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra de la noche  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$585,733, 19 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,200,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 8 mins) The photograph on the bulletin board at the guard desk that Martin notices when he shows up for his first shift and asks the old watchman about, is a famous photo of Lewis Thornton Powell (also known as Lewis Paine or Lewis Payne), a conspirator with John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. See more »

Quotes

Martin Bells: You're a fucking nutcase!
James Gallman: That's Mr. Fucking Nutcase to you!
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References Ricki Lake (1992) 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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Scary remake
26 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

It´s a pretty long time ago since I have seen Ole Bornedal´s original from 1994, so I can´t remember several details, but I think he has done good work with his remake: the atmosphere is creepy and nightmarish, the cast featuring Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin and especially Nick Nolte does a solid job. My favorite performances however come from two supporting actors: the one is Brad Dourif playing a weird autopsy doctor, the other is the uncredited John C. Reilly, who is still one of the most underrated great actors in my opinion! All in all director Ole Bornedal has made a well done remake, which is probably no revolutionary film , but in comparison to Gus Van Sant´s awful "Psycho"-rip off a real masterpiece!!!


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