• Light Sleeper (2008)

Light Sleeper

Release Date: February 25th, 2008

DVD Release Date: December 29th, 1998

R |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

A Manhattan drug dealer with a wealthy clientele, John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) reevaluates both his trade and his life after discovering that his supplier, Ann (Susan Sarandon), is planning on quitting the business. When John runs into his old flame Marianne (Dana Delany), he sees reconnecting with her as a way to change for the better, but she is reluctant to rekindle the romance. Complicating John's life further is a series of drug-related murders that has the police pegging him as a suspect.

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany, David Clennon, Mary Beth Hurt, Victor Garber, Jane Adams, Robert Cicchini

Director: Paul Schrader

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Grain of Sand Productions

Keywords: Gritty, New York City, Transformation, Police officer, 1990s, Tense, Murder

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

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

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    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 many contemporary films seem to evaporate as soon as you walk out of the theater. Light Sleeper resonates. [04 Sep 1992, p.C1]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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 movie is familiar with its life of night and need. It finds the real human qualities in a person like the Susan Sarandon character - who, in a crisis, reacts with loyalty and quick thinking. show more

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