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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.

Director:

Ole Bornedal

Writers:

Ole Bornedal (film Nattevagten), Ole Bornedal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anais Evans Anais Evans ... Leanne (as Anaïs Evans)
Ewan McGregor ... Martin Bells
Nick Nolte ... Inspector Cray
Erich Anderson ... Newscaster
Josh Brolin ... James
Lauren Graham ... Marie
Patricia Arquette ... Katherine
Lonny Chapman ... Old Watchman
Scott Burkholder ... College Professor
Brad Dourif ... Duty Doctor
Michael Matthys ... Guy in Pub
Alison Gale Alison Gale ... Girl Friend of Guy in Pub
Robert LaSardo ... Pub Thug
Mongo Brownlee Mongo Brownlee ... Pub Thug (as Mongo)
Candy Ann Brown ... Female Paramedic (as Candy Brown Houston)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

He's the prime suspect in a terrifying mystery. The police are after him and so is the murderer. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sombra de la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$585,733, 19 April 1998

Gross USA:

$1,179,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,179,002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a work print version of the film, made prior to Miramax's heavy editing, the songs "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Supervixen" by Garbage were used in place of the songs "House to Myself" by Transister and "The Wake-Up Bomb" by R.E.M.. This work print version also includes R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon", instead of the background score that plays when Martin enters the morgue at night following the university scene with James. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

James Gallman: I hate it all Martin. I'm so fucking bored. Me and her fucking girls and her fucking dinner parties. Cozy life scenario all laid out for us like this thick drowning carpet, I fucking hate it Martin. I can't help it but I fucking hate it.
[Deleted Scene]
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Crazy Credits

In the Hungarian dub of the film, the 1987 Miramax logo appears at the beginning of the film, instead of the 1998 Miramax skyline logo See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film was just about 2 1/2 hours and included a different score and different opening sequence which was just an extended version of the two couples having dinner together followed by an extended scene at the local pub. The entire subplot of discussion of marriage between Lauren Graham and Josh Brolin's characters was cut, including a sequence at the end where they are married at a double wedding alongside Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor's characters. This version also included an extended restaurant scene with Joyce and more contact between her and Martin throughout the film, including a much more graphic death sequence in Joyce's apartment. See more »

Connections

References Alien (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Pain
Written by Bob Khaleel and John O'Brien
Performed by Super 8
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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A Routine Fright Night Watch
6 November 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

A college guy (Ewan McGregor) takes a nighttime job at a morgue, at just the time that a murderer happens to be on the loose. It's a standard serial killer film, and it's populated with photogenic college students and predictably weird-looking morgue workers. The film contains the usual, and tiresome, cinematic clichés and hackneyed plot devices. It also contains lots of plot holes. The killer is revealed to the audience way before the conclusion, resulting in a finale that is anticlimactic. None of the characters are particularly interesting. They struck me as being stereotypes. If the film contains a theme or "message", I certainly did not pick up on it.

Acting is average, to slightly below average. McGregor looks like he's having a good time with the script. The music, the lighting, and the sound effects all try to manipulate the audience into a sense of fright. Production design is adequate, if unremarkable.

"Nightwatch" might appeal to kids who have not seen many horror films. For everyone else, the film has little to offer.


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