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Dead Awake (2001)

Desmond Caine suffers from insomnia and spends his nights walking the streets. One night, he witnesses a murder, generating a strange chain of events in his life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Baldwin ... Desmond Caine
Macha Grenon ... W.D.
Michael Ironside ... Skay
Edward Yankie Edward Yankie ... Det. Gary Belladonna
Janet Kidder ... Kimberly 'Kick' Birmingham
Maxim Roy ... Chaney Streeter
Claudia Ferri ... Lena Savage
Karen Elkin ... Alma Blasquez
Frank Schorpion ... McCoy Wright
Conrad Pla ... Veronica
Daniel Brochu Daniel Brochu ... Pit Bull Owner
Gillian Ferrabee Gillian Ferrabee ... Gloria Magik
Lorne Brass Lorne Brass ... Udo Magik
Michelle Anne Lipper ... Vicki (as Michelle Lipper)
Donovan Reiter Donovan Reiter ... Horace Ramirez
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Storyline

An insomniac wanders the streets at night and ends up at a local deli where life's losers appear to end up, including a nice, although slightly lost young woman and a slightly deranged, apparently homeless man, and a untalkative, dysfunctional cop hangout. On one of the late night forays, the insomniac witnesses a murder. When he tries to report, there is no sign of the murder, but the cops become convinced he is the killer. But wait, that is not the weird part. It seems that the insomniac has a girl friend, who doesn't have a clue that he gets up at night and wanders the city, and a personal assistant, who knows all about his exploits. But it only gets weirder from there as the cops uncover that the murdered man is connected to the man's girl friend. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Sleepwalking in a nightmare

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Awake See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Goofs

At the end of the movie, when Desmond is talking to UDO, the door of the red Mercedes is closed. When the shot expands to a wide view for a brief moment before scene change, the door is open. See more »

Soundtracks

El Camino
Written and Performed by E.P. Bergen
Additional mixing by Big Al and James Di Salvio
Courtesy of Hydrophonic and Readymix Records
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Sleek Neuvo-Noir
18 April 2007 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

Stephen Baldwin isn't my favorite of that family. His acting comes off as stiff and unnatural as a life-size stand-up cardboard cut-out. However, he is only half bad in this film, and the story itself is quite intriguing.

This has to be designated as one of those obscure dark little pools of goodness. Oh, it's no masterpiece and, unless you are a fan of the sub-genre of suspense/mystery or noir, this may bore you to tears. But if you are a fan of either, it is definitely worth a viewing Herein lie twists, turns, and a gradually foreboding suspense, which adequately conveys the proper atmosphere necessary to enhance the viewer's enjoyment.

Dead Awake is both clever AND witty, while sustaining at least moderate interest in the engrossing storyline.

The main drawback to this work seems to be Stephen Baldwin, himself. HIs soft-spoken, laid back personality fails to deliver the proper intensity mandated by the nature of the character of Desmond Kane.

Jeff Goldblum would have been a MUCH better casting choice in this instance. Not only is Goldblum a significantly better actor, but his personality would have uplifted this production from mundane to marvelous.

I can't say I loved it, but it does deliver something tangible, although the cinematography of the waking dream sequences were enough to make me so dizzy, I nearly tossed my cookies.

It rates a 7.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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