Light Sleeper

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Released 1992

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Director:
Paul Schrader
Released:
1992
Rating:
R
John Letour (Dafoe) is a good man in a bad business, working for Ann (Sarandon) on the wrong side of the law. When Ann decides to close up shop, Letour has to go straight and discover his own future. But time is running out on him as he must dodge the cops, confront a killer, and find his heart before he can leave his past behind.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Light Sleeper isn't about the help he can get from psychics, however; it's about desperation that makes him project healing qualities upon anyone who is halfway sympathetic. The mo...

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    I think what I like best about Light Sleeper -- more than Dafoe's peculiar magic or Schrader's wise, sympathetic writing -- is the fact that it gives you so much to chew on. So man...

  • 88

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Sleeper is the best Schrader-directed film since the dashed promise of his Blue Collar debut in 1978. [21 Aug 1992, p.4D]

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Crime, 90s, Psychological