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Insomnia
- Al Pacino

Overview - In a remote Alaskan town called Nightmute, the murder of a teenage girl has shocked the tight-knit community. The Los Angeles Police Department sends two of its cops--both under investigation by Internal Affairs--to try to solve the crime in Christopher Nolan's film based on Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 Norwegian film starring Stellan Skarsgård.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In a remote Alaskan town called Nightmute, the murder of a teenage girl has shocked the tight-knit community. The Los Angeles Police Department sends two of its cops--both under investigation by Internal Affairs--to try to solve the crime in Christopher Nolan's film based on Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 Norwegian film starring Stellan Skarsgård. The experienced, weathered Will Dormer (Al Pacino) has nothing in life except for the force. His younger partner, Hap (Martin Donovan), has a family to support and is willing to turn state's evidence to protect them. Local cop Ellie Burr is excited to work with her hero, Dormer--until she starts uncovering some questionable situations. It isn't long before Dormer finds the murderer--writer Walter Finch, played with subtle nuances by Robin Williams--but Finch knows a secret that could bring Dormer down. Director Nolan, who stunned audiences with 2001's inventive MEMENTO, here crafts an atmospheric psychological thriller that is bathed in whites and grays. The acting is uniformly excellent, especially Pacino's performance as a cop on the edge and Williams as a soft-spoken, low-rent crime novelist. Because it never gets dark in Alaska at this time of year, Dormer (a play off the Spanish word "dormir," which means "to sleep") is unable to fall asleep, light always streaming into his hotel room; watching him slowly unravel is a treat.

Cast List

David Julyan - Actor, FOLLOWING (2000)
Paul Junger Witt - Producer
Paul Dooley - American actor
Robin Williams - American actor/comedian
Ray D. Tutto - American actor/comedian
Marty Fromage - American actor/comedian
Broderick Johnson - Producer
Christopher Nolan - Director, MEMENTO (2001)
Hillary Seitz - Screenwriter, INSOMNIA (2002)
Jonathan Jackson - Actor; CAMP NOWHERE
Al Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Alfredo James Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Nicky Katt - Actor/"The Babysitter"
Martin Donovan - Argentine Director/Actor
Nikolaj Frobenius - Screenwriter, INSOMNIA
George Clooney - American actor/director
Erik Skjoldbjaerg - Norwegian director - "Insomnia"
Tony Thomas - Producer
Andrew A. Kosove - Producer
Edward L. McDonnell - Executive Producer, A WALK TO REMEMBER (2001)
Maura Tierney - American Actress
Hilary Swank - Oscar-winning American actress, BOYS DON'T CRY
Steven Soderbergh - Director/Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)
Peter Andrews - Director/Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)
Wally Pfister - Director of photography

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 118
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929108985
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2012

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Movies > Dramas

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Reviews:
"...Intensely sharp-witted....The anomalous proliferation of scenic beauty gives Mr. Nolan irony to play with, and he uses it spectacularly..." - 05/24/2002 New York Times, p.E1


"...[INSOMNIA] has a marvelous sense of place....Al Pacino bares the soul of this agonized tragic figure; it's one of his most memorable performances..." - 06/01/2002 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.36-8


"...Thoughtful, gripping and steeped in action....It's taut, tense and terrific..." - 06/06/2002 Rolling Stone, p.84


"...Nolan once again displays an unmistakable visual confidence and a feeling for bravura moments..." - 05/24/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...INSOMNIA is a gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan..." - 05/13/2002 Variety, p.23-6


"...A superior version of an already very good film....[With] spectacular overhead cinematography..." - 07/01/2002 Box Office, p.86-7


"...Nolan her proves his assurance in handling a much bigger picture in every respect..." - 09/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.63-4


"...Highly involving....[Nolan's] expanding talent is undeniable..." - 10/01/2002 Total Film, p.126


"A completely engrossing thriller that proved MEMENTO wasn't a fluke for director Christopher Nolan....[The actors] are at the top of their game..." - 07/12/2010 Premiere

 
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