Still of the Night

Still of the Night

Director: Robert Benton, Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy

Cast: Robert Benton, Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy

     
 

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In Still of the Night, a mystery thriller written and directed by Robert Benton, a psychiatrist falls in love with a woman who is suspected of the murder of one of his patients. Dr. Sam Rice (Roy Scheider) is treating a married museum curator. When the man is killed, Sam is visited by his dead patient's mistress and co-worker Brooke Reynolds (Meryl Streep) who

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In Still of the Night, a mystery thriller written and directed by Robert Benton, a psychiatrist falls in love with a woman who is suspected of the murder of one of his patients. Dr. Sam Rice (Roy Scheider) is treating a married museum curator. When the man is killed, Sam is visited by his dead patient's mistress and co-worker Brooke Reynolds (Meryl Streep) who wants him to return a watch -- that was left at her home -- to the patient's wife. Sam is immediately attracted to the cool, aloof Brooke, who has been discussed during numerous therapy sessions. When he hears about the mysterious death of Brook's father, and he himself is stalked by a woman who resembles Brook, he begins to both desire and fear her. Despite its rather leisurely pace, and some dream sequences which distract from the suspense, Still of the Night is an effective thriller despite a contrived surprise ending when the killer is revealed. Scheider is believable as the doctor in love, but Streep is rather strained in a role that demands a sexual allure and eroticism which she seems uncomfortable portraying. Benton's cinematography is moody and frightening, particularly when Scheider is followed through Central Park. Despite its flaws, Still of the Night should please fans of psychological thrillers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considering the cast and director, Still of the Night's lackluster showing at the box office was rather surprising. Audiences may have been put off by the lack of chemistry between stars Roy Scheider and Meryl Streep, although each of their individual performances is quite good. The convoluted plot and often static pace don't help matters, nor does the essential chilliness of the piece, but there's still much to recommend it. Alfred Hitchcock aficionados will have a field day catching the numerous references to the master, from Scheider's strong mother figure (played by The Birds's Jessica Tandy) to a Spellbound-like dream explanation to an auction that recalls North by Northwest. There's also beautiful, sometimes disturbing cinematography from Nestor Almendros, especially the Central Park sequence with its effective use of light (or lack thereof). The visual look throughout is striking; it has a glossiness and sleekness that's hard to resist. And director Robert Benton does know how to send chills up the spine when he wants to. Well executed but lacking a spark, Night is still the kind of movie that makes the viewer check twice that the door is locked before heading to bed.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2011
UPC:
0883904237891
Original Release:
1982
Source:
Mgm Mod
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
23,873

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Sam Rice
Meryl Streep Brooke Reynolds
Jessica Tandy Grace Rice
Joe Grifasi Joseph Vitucci
Sara Botsford Gail Phillips
Josef Sommer George Bynum
Irving Metzman Murray
Rikke Borge Heather Wilson
Larry Joshua Mugger
Tom Norton Auctioneer
Richmond Hoxie Mr. Harris
Hyon Cho Mr. Chang
Danielle Cusson Girl
John Bentley Night Watchman
Sigrunn Omark Receptionist
Randy Jurgensen Car Thief
Will Rose Auction Spotter
Arnold Glimcher Auction Bidder

Technical Credits
Robert Benton Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Arlene Donovan Producer
John Gibson Score Composer
Wolfgang Glattes Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Steven Jordan Asst. Director,Set Decoration/Design
John Kander Score Composer
Michael Molly Art Director
David Newman Original Story,Screenwriter
Juliet Taylor Casting
Kenneth Utt Associate Producer,Production Manager
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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