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Dead Awake (2001)

Desmond Caine suffers from insomnia and spends his nights walking the streets. One night, he witnesses a murder, generating a strange chain of events in his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Desmond Caine
... W.D.
... Skay
Edward Yankie ... Det. Gary Belladonna
... Kimberly 'Kick' Birmingham
... Chaney Streeter
... Lena Savage
... Alma Blasquez
... McCoy Wright
... Veronica
Daniel Brochu ... Pit Bull Owner
Gillian Ferrabee ... Gloria Magik
Lorne Brass ... Udo Magik
... Vicki (as Michelle Lipper)
Donovan Reiter ... Horace Ramirez


An insomniac wanders the streets at night and ends up at a local deli where life's losers appear to end up, including a nice, although slightly lost young woman and a slightly deranged, apparently homeless man, and a untalkative, dysfunctional cop hangout. On one of the late night forays, the insomniac witnesses a murder. When he tries to report, there is no sign of the murder, but the cops become convinced he is the killer. But wait, that is not the weird part. It seems that the insomniac has a girl friend, who doesn't have a clue that he gets up at night and wanders the city, and a personal assistant, who knows all about his exploits. But it only gets weirder from there as the cops uncover that the murdered man is connected to the man's girl friend. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Sleepwalking in a nightmare


Action | Thriller

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Rated R for language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead awake. Insomnio  »

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At the end of the movie, when Desmond is talking to UDO, the door of the red Mercedes is closed. When the shot expands to a wide view for a brief moment before scene change, the door is open. See more »

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well worth checking out!
5 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

as an avid movie watcher i often rent dvds or tapes i never heard of. usually crappy films that deserve their fate. but occasionally i come across a gem. this is one such movie. points definitely go for originality and quirkiness, it is a rather unique script with some genuine and off-the-wall twists that actually are twisted. i won't give anything away-just see it and stick with it all the way. it is not a perfect film, but it is heads and shoulders above the crap this country spews out.

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