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Light Sleeper requires patience, but delivers commensurate rewards -- and boasts an absorbing performance from Willem Dafoe. Read critic reviews

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Light Sleeper

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Audience Reviews for Light Sleeper

  • Nov 05, 2019
    All of Schrader's hallmarks are here, but until he made "First Reformed" this was perhaps the most moving of his "male loner" films. If not for the ill advised song score, this could have been a masterpiece.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    An in-depth character study, much like most of Paul Schrader's other work. The real talent here is Willem Dafoe, who carries most of the film with his detailed and thoughtful performance.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2011
    This movie is okay. I liked Sarandon the best in the cast, she's such a great actress. The story is alright, but nothing really new, it's sort of like a drug drama from the 70s, but it gets kind of dull at times.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2010
    If you liked watching "Taxi Driver" then Paul Scharder's film "Light Sleeper" is for you. This is one of Schrader's best films and he knows these kinds of stories inside out. Willem Dafoe plays in the mature Travis Bickle role as John LaTour. Susan Surandon plays as the upscale cocaine barron and in ways her performance reminds me of Nina Van Pallandt from Schrader's earlier 80's picture "American Gigolo".
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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