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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:

An intense and shocking thriller. 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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Trivia

The opening scene where a prostitute gets violently murdered was not part of Ole Bornedal's original cut, presumably being added by Miramax during the post-production phase. The scene only includes Anais Evans, who does not appear in the rest of the film, and as such may have been filmed as late as 1997, long after principal photography had wrapped. 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 The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Largo al factotum
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Riccardo Stracciari with The Orchestra of Milan
Courtesy of Arkadia Records
By arrangement with Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
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Great Thriller
6 June 2010 | by atinderSee all my reviews

Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders.

The setting in this movie was really perfect, i really liked it , it had great atmosphere from start to end and worked really well with the the creepy scenes, they also added some humour into this movie, which i really liked.

The deaths were not gory or bloody as this is more of a drama then your normal slasher movies, (it nothing like Scream or Friday 13th movies at all).

The acting from the whole cast was outstanding, A really good movie

8 out of 10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightwatch 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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