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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)


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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In the mind of the police, he's the prime suspect. In the eyes of a killer, he's the next victim. See more »


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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Release Date:

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:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally Ole Bornedal wanted Harrison Ford to play the part of Inspector Thomas Albert Cray. See more »


Martin Bells: Don't you see it, that's all I've gotta do. Just sit on my ass. Sit. On. My. Ass.
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Spoofs The Shining (1980) See more »


String Quartet in B-Flat Major
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Smetana-Quartett (as The Smetana Quartet)
Courtesy of Denon Records / Denon Active Media
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Dire thriller which thinks black bin liners create atmosphere
21 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Any great expectations you may have for this film begin to fade after 20 minutes. The director succeeds in creating a fine eerie atmosphere with shots that linger just long enough to make you expect something to happen, and does nothing with it. The film soon throws away any attempt at a decent plot and unravels under it's own pseudo intellectualism. Ewan McGregor smirks so much (probably at his attempt at an american accent, Sean Connery anyone?) you think he's just walked off the set of Trainspotting with a stash of drugs. Nick Nolte hams his way through every scene looking like a part time drag queen and Josh Brolin seems to be lost in his characters confusing mood swings. As for the women in the film, they seem to lack any substance at all and are very one dimensional. The film fails in sustaining any interest, it skips over all of it's gaping plot holes and has an ending which is very unfulfilling.

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