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Sleepless (2001)

Non ho sonno (original title)
An elderly and retired police detective and a young amateur sleuth team up to find a serial killer whom has resumed a killing spree in Turin, Italy after a 17-year hiatus.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Dario Argento (screenplay), Franco Ferrini (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Moretti
Stefano Dionisi ... Giacomo
Chiara Caselli ... Gloria
Gabriele Lavia ... Mr. Betti
Rossella Falk ... Laura de Fabritiis
Paolo Maria Scalondro ... Manni
Roberto Zibetti ... Lorenzo
Roberto Accornero Roberto Accornero ... Fausto
Barbara Lerici ... Angela
Guido Morbello Guido Morbello ... Detective
Massimo Sarchielli ... Leone
Diego Casale Diego Casale ... Beppe
Alessandra Comerio Alessandra Comerio ... Sig.ra Betti
Elena Marchesini ... Mel (La Gattina)
Aldo Massasso Aldo Massasso ... Cascio
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Storyline

A retired detective with insomnia is called upon to solve a series of murders. His partner is a fresh faced rookie who has the aid of the latest technological equipment to help solve the crimes. Will they catch the killer? Written by ScaryMann <ScaryMann@aol.com>

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A Diabolical Story Becomes A City's Worst Nightmare See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

5 January 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepless See more »

Filming Locations:

Turin, Piedmont, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Translated into English, the films Italian title means "I'm not sleepy." See more »

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The strap on the pink top that Gloria wears towards the end of the film frequently slides down her shoulder only to have reappeared in its original place in the next shot. See more »

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The final scene of this movie and the closing credits play at the same time. See more »

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USA R-rated version is cut for violence, removing about one minute of footage. See more »


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Not Perfect, But Pretty Good
1 August 2002 | by kyle_cSee all my reviews

"Sleepless" is a standard whodunit, with some extra Argento gore and some nice little stylistic touches. It tells the story of a serial killer, the "Dwarf Murderer", who's murders begin again, either by him or a copycat. Years ago, he killed Giacomo's (Stefano Dionisi) mother, and so he has returned to help discover the killer. Ulisse Moretti (Max Von Sydow), is a retired detective who worked on the original "Dwarf Murders" case. Drawn back into the case, he attempts to solve the crime.

The whole cast performance fairly well, with Sydow, as usual, stealing the show every time he is on screen. Most of the young actors perform solidly, although there are a few performance that are just awful, and Giacomo's friend Lorenzo, played by Roberto Zibetti, is just annoying.

The movie is flashy and gory, following Argento's traditional style. In an era when most movies are indistinguished in their style, Argento stands out, with Hitchcock-like visuals and plot themes. Most of the murder scenes are incredibly gory, but I didn't really feel they were to the point that they were overdone.

While "Sleepless" is nothing that will be considered a classic, it tells a solid story, wraps itself up with a good ending, necessary for this type of movie, and impresses the audience with its visuals and style.

*** out of ****


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