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Nuit blanche (2011)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld finds his secret life exposed when he and his partner are caught stealing cocaine from a powerful drug dealer, a move that puts his son's life in jeopardy.


Frédéric Jardin


Frédéric Jardin (scenario), Nicolas Saada (scenario) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomer Sisley ... Vincent
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... José Marciano
Julien Boisselier ... Lacombe
Joey Starr ... Feydek
Laurent Stocker ... Manuel
Birol Ünel ... Yilmaz
Lizzie Brocheré ... Vignali
Samy Seghir Samy Seghir ... Thomas
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Alex
Adel Bencherif ... Abel
Catalina Denis ... Julia
Pom Klementieff ... Lucy
Vincent Bersoulle Vincent Bersoulle ... Turc 3 (as Vincent Bersoulet)
Olivier Massart Olivier Massart ... Quinquagénaire
Cécile Boland Cécile Boland ... Barmaid


A drug heist goes wrong, as one of the drug carriers escapes after stabbing the robbers, gets a glimpse of their faces. The two masked men are actually two police officers, who decided to plan the heist. Vincent, a lieutenant who now has a bad stab wound, ends up with a huge bag of coke. The bag of coke belongs to a powerful mob boss/nightclub owner named Jose, who kidnaps Vincent's son in hopes to reclaim his property. Vincent has until the end of the night to return the stash and save his son. Written by Akumavern

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Action | Crime | Thriller


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France | Belgium | Luxembourg



Release Date:

11 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepless Night See more »


Box Office


€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,106, 13 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,106, 13 May 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was remade into Tamil as Thoongaavanam and dubbed as Cheekati Raajyam in Telugu. See more »


Remade as Sleepless (2017) See more »


by Benton Ionic aka "Ionic Benton"
© 2011 Moviescore Media
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Strong crime thriller
17 January 2016 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Two masked cops go after some drug dealers and steal their drugs. One of them, Vincent, is injured in the ensuing fight. He's also identified by one of the criminals and witnesses. As a result, the big bad drug lord, Jose, kidnaps Vincent's son to get his drugs back. Now Vincent forcefully explains to his partner Manuel, that he needs the drugs while Manuel wants his cut and needs the money. Later Manuel meets with a crooked internal affairs cop.

Vincent retrieves the drugs and goes to Jose's lair, a giant dance club/restaurant/bar/private club for perverts and more. But he was followed by a female IA. She sees him go in the men's restroom with a bag but exit without the bag. So she goes in the men's restroom and finds the bag in the ceiling. She takes it and hides it in the women's restroom ceiling.

Vincent with just one little packet of drugs meets Jose and demands to see his son. After Jose checks the drugs and Vincent sees his son he offers to return in a few minutes with the rest of the drugs, which of course aren't there anymore. So he devises a plan and goes to the kitchen and gets the staff to fill packets with flour and put them in a bag. But by now another foreign gang has arrived demanding the drugs from Jose. The ruse works and Vincent gets his son back, but only for a while. He quickly loses his son again to the thugs.

Now with no more moves to make he has to get his son back, with Jose and his henchmen after him as well as the two IA agents and Vincent's ex-wife constantly calling him on the phone.

Nuit Blanche is quite thrilling at first. Everything up to the point where he loses his son after getting him is very exciting, timing is very important for Vincent and we are on the edge counting the seconds till the foreign drug dealers discover the ruse. Things slow down then for a bit as Vincent has no way out--no drugs, no weapon (he hid his somewhere in the club). But quickly things pick up again as he confronts the IA agents very violently and things get a little funny too as he uses some cute girl he rescued earlier from a pushy guy to hide and escape from all the people after him. Story-wise too there are several twists and turns and things aren't quite as they seem.

But, too much time is spent on the son, the ex-wife, kitchen fight scenes. Vincent running through a very crowded club gets repetitive fast. Almost the entire movie is set in the club and despite attempts to give us a variety of environments, it does get tiring after a while. Nevertheless, for a Heat-inspired French action thriller, this movie is worth watching.

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