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Mother Night (14-Aug-1996)

Director: Keith Gordon

Writer: Robert B. Weide

From novel: Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

Music by: Michael Convertino

Producers: Keith Gordon; Robert B. Weide

Keywords: Drama, Nazis

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alan Arkin
26-Mar-1934   Catch 22
Kirsten Dunst
30-Apr-1982   Mary-Jane in Spider-Man
Frankie Faison
10-Jun-1949   Commissioner Burrell on The Wire
Henry Gibson
21-Sep-1935 14-Sep-2009 Laugh-In
John Goodman
20-Jun-1952   King Ralph
Zach Grenier
12-Feb-1954   Fight Club
Arye Gross
17-Mar-1960   Adam Green on Ellen
Sheryl Lee
22-Apr-1967   Laura Palmer's corpse on Twin Peaks
Nick Nolte
8-Feb-1941   48 Hours
David Strathairn
26-Jan-1949   Passion Fish
Kurt Vonnegut
11-Nov-1922 11-Apr-2007 Slaughterhouse Five


Nick Nolte   ...   Howard Campbell
Sheryl Lee   ...   Helga & Resi Noth
Alan Arkin   ...   George Kraft
Bernard Behrens   ...   Dr. Lionel Jones
Anna Berger   ...   Epstein's Mother
Arye Gross   ...   Dr. Epstein
Norman Rodway   ...   Werner Noth
Frankie Faison   ...   The Black Fuehrer
Gerard Parkes   ...   Fr. Keeley
Vlasta Vrana   ...   August Krapptauer
Zach Grenier   ...   Joseph Goebbels
Kirsten Dunst   ...   Young Resi Noth
Anthony J. Robinow   ...   Prison Warden
Michael McGill   ...   Prison Official
Shimon Aviel   ...   Guard Bernard Liebman
Bill Corday   ...   Campbell's Father
Bronwen Mantel   ...   Campbell's Mother
Brawley Nolte   ...   Young Howard Campbell
John Goodman   ...   Maj. Frank Wirtanen
Louis Strauss   ...   Old Jewish Man
Richard Zeman   ...   Rudolph Hoess
Thomas Hauff   ...   SS Officer
Jeff Pufah   ...   Young German Soldier
David Strathairn   ...   Bernard B. O'Hare
Henry Gibson   ...   Adolf Eichmann's Voice
Michael Moran   ...   Violent Man
William Haugland   ...   TV Reporter
Joel Miller   ...   Israeli Vice Consul -- TV
Kurt Vonnegut   ...   Sad Man on Street
Richard Jutras   ...   G-Man
Don Jordan   ...   Cop


Review by anonymous (posted on 5-Jan-2007)

One of the few movies in existence which stays true to the book, and an excellent book by Kurt Vonnegut at that. The story line as told by the theatrical trailer lays the foundation for an American playwrite-turned-spy for the US during WWII against the Nazis. However, there are two parallel storylines which explore the comfort from being immersed into "true love" and the erie quietness and emptiness of being alone. Just like Vonnegut's books, there is intensity and satire and down right whimsey interlaced in odd moments of the story. The story is told true to the writings of the book, and I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book. This, in my opinion, is the best movie Nolte has starred in. The performances by Alan Arkin, Kirsten Dunst and Sheryl Lee are equally impressive. There is a cameo-like, brief appearance by Frankie Faison which is in the very center of one of the intense-satirical-whimsical moments of the film, one of my favorite parts.

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