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Cold Comes the Night (2013)

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A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.


Tze Chun


Tze Chun, Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Alice Eve ... Chloe
Ursula Parker ... Sophia
Logan Marshall-Green ... Billy
Sarah Sokolovic ... Gwen
Ashlie Atkinson ... Social Worker
Robin Lord Taylor ... Quincy
Bryan Cranston ... Topo
Dylan Chalfy ... Police Officer
Eleni Lucas ... Cashier
Marceline Hugot ... Denise
Erin Cummings ... Amber
Leo Fitzpatrick ... Donnie From Cincinnati
Robert Prescott ... Detective
Stephen Sheffer ... Jacques
Chazz Menendez ... Thick Thug


A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.

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Sometimes the fight of your life comes in the dead of night.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Quarter See more »

Filming Locations:

Windham, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At 00:24:07, when in car with Topo and her mom, Chloe wants to play "I Spy". Looking at Bryan Cranston, she says "I spy with my little eye, something white". Can be writers' nod to Walter White, Cranston's famous character from Breaking Bad. See more »


When Quincy gets in the car at the mini mart you can see exhaust coming out of the tale pipe he talks to Topo about going to a motel then he starts the engine. See more »


[first lines]
Sophia: I don't wanna go to school. I said I don't wanna go to school.
Chloe: Oh, is that what that was?
Sophia: Mom...
Chloe: You can't stay here with me all day, Sophia.
Sophia: You know how to do a lot of things. You are very smart. Smarter than me, definitely. Then why do I have to go to school?
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Crazy Credits

'HHH Duck' is listed in the Stunts section of the credits as playing 'Mr. Jones the Turtle' (Sophia's pet - a painted turtle). 'HHH' stands for 'Horny Horny Horny'. See more »


Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performed by Holcombe Waller
Courtesy of Sugaroo!
Published by Gypsy Boy Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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A "so so" story line with a predictable outcome seen often
17 August 2015 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Mrs. Shullivan and I were in the mood for a crime thriller genre film and so we popped in Bryan Cranston's starring role in Cold Comes the Night. Cranston plays a Russian courier named Topo who is gradually going blind and he in the middle of a road trip which has him couriering one million dollars to his Russian mobster boss. As his sight is near gone he requires someone to drive the car couriering the Russian mobs cash and his driver just can't be trusted as we discover.

His co-star is Alice Eve who plays a single mom named Chloe working as a motel night desk clerk in a seedy part of town strewn with ladies of the night who prefer to rent her motel rooms by the hour rather than by the night. Now Chloe has received an ultimatum by a case worker from Child Services that she needs to move her daughter to a more suitable living environment than hooker haven or Child Services will swoop in an take Chloe's daughter away from her.

So Topo and his brother-in-law dupe of a chauffeur played by Robin Lord Taylor (more widely known as Oswald Cobblepot, the Penguin, on the hit 2014 TV series Gotham) make an over night stop over at Chloe's motel, rent separate rooms for the night, and then this thriller evolves....well sort of anyway.

I can't say that Bryan Cranston was right on character as the blind Russian mobster since his Russian dialect was as believable as maybe a Jimmy Fallon's Russian impersonation. Of course you have a corrupt cop named Billy Banks played by Logan Marshall-Green who is supposed to add some hype and action to this crime thriller but I thought his acting was way over the top. (Also a personal observation, what makes so many actors/actresses use a stage name comprised of both their divorced parents surnames as a way of commemorating both parents and think we will remember them? This is a pet peeve of mine. Hey actors/actresses, choose one surname or another and get over yourself.)

Without giving away too much of the movies plot (as there is not a lot of meat on this bone) Topo's cash goes missing and he will stop at nothing to find the scammers who have left him holding an empty bag that he must now otherwise report back to his Russian mob boss unless he recovers his stolen million dollars.

A two for one rating: Mrs. Shullivan gave the film a 4 out of 10 and since I am a sucker for crime thriller genres and have seen literally thousands of them I give it a slightly higher 6 out of 10 rating. It is worth a late night watch if you are having difficulty sleeping. If you are a crime thriller genre junkie as I am, I don't think you will be able to go to bed without finding out first how the film ends. It's not so great but does have a "so/so" story line to keep you hooked until the final two words are illuminated..."THE END".

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