Light Sleeper


Light Sleeper

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 38


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,123
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Movie Info

Paul Schrader's brilliant study of another alienated urban denizen skirting the borderline of madness stars Willem Dafoe as John Le Tour, a rich, upscale drug dealer for Manhattan professionals -- "White drugs for white people," as he puts it. John is a recovering addict and for him it's the perfect job, as he can relate completely with the self-absorbed eccentrics he services. But when his boss Ann (Susan Sarandon) tells John that she is planning to abandon the drug business for herbal cosmetics, John's life is thrown into disarray. With no future plans, he sees black clouds heading his way. Coincidentally, he runs into Marianne (Dana Delany), an old girlfriend and former addict who has returned to New York to be with her dying mother. John sees Marianne as his redemption and starts to pursue her, but she doesn't want to be reminded of her past. When the murder of an Upper West Side woman involved in a drug transaction has the police scouring the town for suspects, John thinks they are following him, and the strain upon his life and his hopes for the future become harder and harder to bear.

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Willem Dafoe
as John LeTour
Dana Delany
as Marianne
Sam Rockell
as Jealous
David Spade
as Theological Cokehead
Ken Ladd
as Carlos
Sam Rockwell
as Jealous
Vinny Capone
as Young Cuban
Paul Stocker
as Maitre D'
Vinnie Capone
as Young Cuban
Elena Vannucci
as 2nd Model
Jeff Telvi
as Male Model
Jennifer Fowler
as Woman at Bar
Gabrielle Stubbert
as Woman at Bar
James Saxenmeyer
as Bar Patron
Arcoiris Medina
as Woman at Laundromat
Carolyn L.A. Walker
as Police Woman
Timothy D. Stickney
as Young Dominican
Joe Gironda
as Funeral Home Employee
Paul Stockman Smith
as Radio Announcer
Peter Macklin
as Baseball Card Fan
Billy Joe Novinski
as Baseball Card Fan
David Sukoff
as Baseball Card Fan
Damien Corrente
as Baseball Card Fan
Ronald Sylvers
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Light Sleeper

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14)

Audience Reviews for Light Sleeper

  • 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
  • Jun 27, 2008
    Lifted by great cast.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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