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Light Sleeper (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama | 13 March 1992 (UK)
A drug dealer reconsiders his profession when his boss plans to go straight and an old flame reappears.

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A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his effectiveness at his job. Meanwhile someone is killing women in apparently drug-related incidents. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He was a good man in a deadly business. She was his only way out. See more »

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Rated R for strong language and drug content, and for violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,050,861 (USA)
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Final acting role of Paul Jabara. See more »

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Ann: Well, that took you long enough. What'd you do, douche while you were at it?
John: Ann, you've got some mouth on ya.
Ann: You don't wanna know where it's been.
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Slight Sleeper
6 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***1/2 Written and directed by Paul Schrader, the screenwriter of 'Taxi Driver', there are similar themes in 'Light sleeper' that echo its predecessor in its urban isolation of the protagonist and the city as a sewer environment. Willem Dafoe is wonderful as a coke dealer on the verge of chartering new territory; he's trying to make sense of his past, as exemplified by his chance encounters with a former flame (Dana Delany) in which he so badly wants to cling, and plans for his future as his boss is moving on from the business. This is a character driven story, and the characters are well-drawn. Willem Dafoe's John Le Tour is a more mature Travis Bickle, past-his-prime, darkly contemplative and endlessly writing in journals trying to find meaning or direction. After beating his cocaine addiction 2 years before and adjusting, can he readjust again, finding semblance? However, as others have mentioned, the film should've ended with him harmoniously? between two Chinese paintings, leaning back on the bed. After that, studio meddling had to have ensued, as the sugary conclusion does not fit. Separate Note: Would some company already release 'Blue Collar' by Paul Schrader and with Richard Pryor already?


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