Mother Night Movie Review 1996

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American writer Howard Campbell (Nolte) is recruited as a spy in pre-WWII Germany in this adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's 1962 novel. He poses as a Nazi sympathizer in broadcasts to American troops, but his anti-semitic diatribes are actually coded information crucial to the Allies. After the war, Campbell's life unravels as he loses his young wife (Lee) and the U.S. government refuses to acknowledge his efforts. He is smuggled back to the U.S., where both Israeli Nazi-hunters and twisted neo-Nazis search for him. After being captured, imprisoned in Israel, and conversing with fellow prisoner Adolf Eichmann (Gibson), Campbell realizes the moral of this dark comedy: "We are what we pretend to be." Arkin is excellent as his Greenwich Village neighbor who also has some secrets. If you look closely, you can see author Vonnegut in a cameo.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 113 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Not-So-True Identity, Berlin, Books to Film: Kurt Vonnegut, Postwar, World War II Spies, Tragedy, Flashback, Germany, Justice Prevails...?, Nazis & Other Paramilitary Slugs, Israel
Robert B. Weide
Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kirsten Dunst, David Strathairn, Arye Gross, Frankie Faison, Bernard Behrens
Tom Richmond
Keith Gordon
Michael Convertino
Henry Gibson
Keith Gordon, Robert B. Weide, Ruth Vitale, Mark Ordesky, Linda Reisman, Whyaduck, Fine Line Features

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