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Nightwatch (1998)


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Critic Reviews: 4
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Like The Vanishing (1988 and 1993), Nightwatch is an English-language version of a foreign-made film with the original director hired to remake his own movie. Ole Bornedal was the writer-director of the suspenseful 1994 thriller, Nattevagten, which had no U.S. release immediately on the heels of its success in Denmark. For the second time around, Bornedal directed, but Steven Soderbergh wrote a new script based on Bornedal's original film. Both were produced by Michael Obel. Nattevagten was


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Ole Bornedal

Nov 14, 2000


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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (20) | DVD (2)

creepy and effective

April 18, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Saddled with a nominally respectable cast and given a theatrical release, its cliched story and gratuitous nastiness leave a bad taste.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Atmospheric thriller, but ultimately far-fetched and unsatisfying

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A repellent parade of gore.

June 21, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

the director makes excellent use of the Cinemascope frame and some disturbing sound effects (such as the amplified flapping of moths' wings) to show how our hero is overwhelmed by his cold, spacious workplace.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The so-called mystery is so incredibly predictable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Nightwatch

If they would have just stuck to the Ewan McGregor being scared at work premise, this movie would have been so much better...cuz that was fantastic, scary, and funny! Unfortunately, they decided to try to add a strange storyline with Nick Nolte. Not a good decision...
September 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

this movie wasnt memorable but it was interesting and had a strong cast.
December 4, 2007
danny d

Super Reviewer

After a little bit of a slow start comes a film that is dark and slightly eerie. A really enjoyable watch.

I'm not really a fan of stars taking on new accents unless it's done really well, I think you could still hear the Scottish in Ewan's voice, apart from that, I enjoyed his performance.
August 13, 2007

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    1. Martin Bells: Wise men sy he will choose darkness, for it is easier to destroy the light within himself than to fight the darkness without.
    – Submitted by Christine L (2 months ago)
    1. Martin Bells: All I have to do is sit on my ass and read a book!
    – Submitted by Christian B (21 months ago)
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Foreign Titles

  • Nachtwache (DE)
  • Nightwatch (Nattevagten) (UK)
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