Light Sleeper R

Light Sleeper
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 26, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"What do you see' Has my luck run out'"
  - John (Willem Dafoe)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 38


User Ratings: 2,122
Rating: B+ -- A resonant thriller. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Nov 5, 2014
...Brooding, lonely....Paul Schraderhas been telling this story in one way or another, but never with more humanity than this time...
Chicago Sun-Times
Sep 4, 1992
Rating: 3/4 -- For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Sep 9, 2014
The plot and characterization came across as an adolescent fantasy which had entirely missed its mark. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 24, 2018
...LIGHT SLEEPER is a lithe, lovely existential thriller...
Film Comment
May 1, 1992
Rating: 2/4 -- Too often, however, the movie is undone by mood-spoiling flaws, among them a gratingly bad rock song that keeps popping up. Full Review
Philadelphia Daily News
Sep 9, 2014
It's a failure perhaps, but an honorable failure. If it isn't saved by grace, it has many saving graces. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Sep 9, 2014

Product Description:

John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) is loyal, decent, lumbering--a 40-year-old drug runner who suffers from insomnia but seems to be sleep-walking through life in LIGHT SLEEPER. When John's boss, the bubbly but sharp-witted Ann (Susan Sarandon), decides to retire, John must rethinks his life's path. But breaking out of the life he's led will take some doing, especially after coming into contact with his ex-girlfriend (Dana Delany), a recovering drug addict, and becoming embroiled in a mysterious murder. This gently haunting drama is all the more interesting because of the wonderful performances of the actors, the film's steady, relaxed pace, and the careful way all the colors of each character are drawn out.

Plot Synopsis:

A middle-aged drug dealer, coming to terms with the mess he's made of his life, struggles to get out of the business. But old habits die hard, as he still has a few debts to pay before he can be free.


Production Notes:

  • LIGHT SLEEPER was screened at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Director Paul Schrader returns to his roots--style-wise--with this story that covers similar ground as TAXI DRIVER, for which he wrote the award-winning screenplay.

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  • Sales Rank: 66,932
  • UPC: 012236125273
  • Shipping Weight: 0.24/lbs (approx)
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