The Color Of Night

5.22 h 19 min1994R
A successful New York psychologist is haunted by the bizarre suicide of a patient. Relocating to Los Angeles, he becomes entangled in an explosive, erotic relationship with a mysterious beauty who leads him through a web of murder, passion, and intrigue.
Richard Rush
Bruce WillisJane MarchRuben Blades
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Lesley Ann WarrenBrad DourifLance HenriksenKevin J. O'ConnorScott Bakula
Buzz FeitshansDavid Matalon
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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NosidinoReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Scorchingly Hot Thriller!
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This was a movie I truly liked. I can't say it's a Five Star flick but it's a solid Four Star film. I feel as if the critics were too hard on this film. Especially Leonard Maltin, who gave it a "Bomb" in his Leonard Maltin Movie Guide. In it, he said, Quote: Ludicrous thriller in which weirded-out therapist Willis heads to LA for a breather; he is immediately immersed in a murder mystery, and involved with mysterious March: Unquote. Maltin said that the: "Much-publicized sex-scenes aren't sexy." WRONG! They were the hottest sex scenes ever shot for a Hollywood production (I'm Not Referring To The Other Hollywood, Either!). Maltin went on to add that the Director's Cut of this film (Which I'm Reviewing) has 17 minutes of extra footage. this includes more of Willis in the buff and an extra sultry scene with Leslie Ann Warren and Jane March.

The best review came from Patrick Riley, an Adult Film Reviewer (Not The NBA Coach/Owner). He said, Quote: This is not nearly as bad story-wise as the mainstream critics would have you believe, has a considerable amount of non-obvious suspense, some reasonable action sequences and bittersweet romantic background. Willis is a psychologist in New York who has a patient jump to her death from his Park Avenue office and, devastated by this, he takes a trip to Los Angeles to stay with a college friend and fellow psychologist. The LA psychologist is killed early on and Bruce takes over his group therapy patients, one of whom may be the killer. Willis meets Jane in a fender bender accident and it's love at first sight but it seems she's not quite what she appears to be: Unquote. The rest was filler, but between the two reviews you will get the gauge of the storyline.

Now for my personal take. I first rented this film from the now defunct Potomac Video Store. It came with a five tape special. I loved it when I saw it in 1998 or 1999. I was surprised by how much I'd forgotten about the film in 20 years' time. For instance, I had no idea who the bad guy was in the film. I actually thought it was someone from the group. In a way it was/is, but at the same time we are led to believe that others may have been responsible for the killing(s).

The sex in this DVD is the best I've ever seen in a mainstream Hollywood film. That includes Sliver and Basic Instinct and Body Heat. Jane March was married to the producer of this film, according to Patrick Riley. Her portrayal of the vulnerable and innocent Rose showed much range for a young actress with very little acting experience. She did well and this was a testament to Richard Rush, the director. Patrick Riley went on to say she [March] is an angel. "Petite, very pretty face, slight overbite, smiling, demure, child-woman personality, washboard flat belly, tight waist, medium-sized firm breasts, long brown hair--a standard by which all other females should be measured." I must agree with those words. See Jane March in The Lover and you will be in even more awe of her sexuality.

I'm the 184th person to review this fine film. Buy it and you won't be disappointed. My one quibble is it is only available in full screen and not in widescreen.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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A. SalasReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than you'd expect
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This is one of those films (like Showgirls) that has a reputation for being a total disaster, being panned unanimously by critics around the world and has since acquired a sort of infamy. The reality? While certainly not a cinema classic, this over the top murder mystery does have several redeeming qualities: a good director, talented cast, and lush score for starters. Is it overlong? Gratuitous? Sure. Do the actors go straight over the top with seemingly no guiding hand to rein them in? Definitely. With a few tweaks and edits this could have been a hit of Basic Instinct proportions (a film it definitely emulates) but somewhere along the line the train derailed. What we end up with, however, is still not without merit. An interesting plot, eye-catching visuals and an aura of twisted sensuality. Jane March is quite good. Several people have mentioned Color of Night bearing the influence of Italy's giallo films, and I can understand why. Gay subtext, gender play, a trauma as catalyst.
At any rate, this is a film that I enjoy, and Kino Lorber has done a good thing by finally releasing this remastered with both the longer director's cut AND the much coveted and long unavailable theatrical version. Who knows if it will eventually be reevaluated and appreciated some day.
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Timothy LiebeReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Either a 5-Star or a 1-Star, Depending on Your Love of Batcrap Crazy Erotic Thrillers
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COLOR OF NIGHT was a late-night fixture of HBO when we first got the service, so I saw that version (the Theatrical Cut) many, many times. I'd watched a number of "erotic thrillers" on HBO and Cinemax by then, so I was used to a certain amount of...Not Exactly Procedural Behavior on the part of the cops, lawyers, psychiatrists, and whatever other professionals got ensnared in the plot - but CoN took it to a Whole New Level of Crazy!

You see, Bruce Willis plays a psychiatrist with an attention-vampire of a female patient who he's finally annoyed enough with to say she needs to get over herself - so, to prove she's not just some petulant kid, she runs through his office window, smashing through it and falling to her death on the pavement below! He looks down, sees her bleeding out on the street below...and the red blood fades to grey because the guilt and trauma of her killing herself has made him mentally unable to see the color red - and that's in the first five minutes!

He goes to Los Angeles to spend some time with his old friend and fellow therapist, played by Scott Bakula - who writes self-help books for a lot of extra money and hosts a Monday Night Group Therapy Session (either that, or it's a big bowl of mixed nuts!). These - colorful cases for treatment include Brad Dourif as a self-righteous obsessive-compulsive, Lesley Ann Warren as a nymphomaniac/kleptomaniac, Kevin J. O'Connor as a rough trade artist (whose art career is paid for by his wealthy father!), Lance Hendriksen as a too-tightly wound ex-cop - and Ritchie, a teenage boy with a chip the size of Oregon on his shoulder.... ::cue Dramatic Chipmunk here!::

The next night, Bakula's doctor is violently murdered at his office, and Willis's doctor has to deal with Ruben Blades as a LAPD Detective Lieutenant who's style of criminal investigation is as - unorthodox? Eccentric? Completely and pointlessly nuts? Blade's cop convinces Willis to take over the group therapy to see if he "sniffs" who the killer might be, which he reluctantly agrees to do.

In the meantime, Willis literally collides with Jane March as "Rose", a very sensual young woman who quickly seduces him into an affair - after which he starts getting threatening phone calls, and a lot of potential lethal "pranks" like a venomous snake in the mailbox, the house he inherited from Bakula flooded, and a mysterious driver trying to force his car into oncoming traffic (a good, pulse-pounding car chase scene in here).

To say any more would spoil the completely insane solution, but suffice to say if you don't figure out what's going on with Rose the New Agey Seductress long before our hero does? You're not paying attention.
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jasonReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bruce Willis is at the top of his game
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I just got my two discs combo of Color of Night. This movie is one of the best erotic thrillers, I've seen in years. It still upholds up good almost 30 years later. In this "who done it" the twists and turns will not only keep you guessing up until the end, but it will make you question what is wrong with people. Since this movie is per Law and Order: SVU and Criminal Minds, it is the granddaddy of twists and started the twist fad that we love today. Bruce Willis, Brad Dourif, and Lance Henriksen are at the top of their game in this movie. So if you like dark work by Bruce Willis or erotic thrillers, you need to get a copy of this movie. I got only one problem with this movie: I got the two-disc version of this movie, other than 18 minutes time difference between the R version and the Director's cut you can't tell them apart. There needs to be a away for you to see how one is R and the other is the Director's cut. If anyone knows please let me know.
Harry GeorgatosReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
so bad it's so good
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This film has the notiriety as Paul Verhoeven's SHOWGIRLS. Director Richard Rush movie is probaly the closests sensibility I've seen to the films of Brian DePalma. DePalma's specialty is Hitchcokian type thrillers dealing with pyschiatric disorders in a very lurid pulp-fiction manner with films such as SISTERS, OBSESSION, DRESSED TO KILL, BODY DOUBLE and RAISING CAIN. Rush's THE COLOR OF NIGHT falls into that genre. A lot of the visual techniques Rush employs is very Hitchcock/DePalma from the use of the split focus diopter lens to the use of the color red which is a personal obsession of DePalma films, and the use of sleazy sex and disguises one would find in Hitchcock and DePalma.

The story starts off in New York in a prestigious pyschiatric practice with Bruce Willis seeing to a patient who commits suicide by jumping out of the window of his highrise building. This opening set-piece for me was the best part of the film in the way it is visually planned by Rush. Willis then heads off to El Lay where he stays with a collegue in his state-of-the-art mansion. The collegue gets murdered and from there on it becomes a lurid and sleazy murder mystery. Some of the plot twists are obvious and it doesn't take too long to figure out the murderer. There's well staged car chases and sadistic stabbing/murders. This is an enjoyably trashy and stylish film that probaly has a cult following. Also the score is beautifully melodic. No masterpiece but definetly a guilty pleasure with slick cinematography and production values.
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Annonomous Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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All I have to say is this is one different film. I never heard of this till last yr and thought man the movie poster was rather seductive in some way so I went ahead and rented it. Boy did I get a glimpse of what sex is and can be, if I'm not mistaken there are certain areas in this movie where I think they did have sex while filming this movie.... the pool scene( that whole scene) when they were in bed together and the shower, I wish they had a not rated version of this. I would have loved to seen Bruce naked completely naked like that girl was well she was 95% there.... if your looking for something hot and steamy this is the movie to watch
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Nikolai FordReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not brilliant but fun. Today it would be rated hard R, but at the time it was NC-17
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Entertaining, with an out-there conclusion that my wife guessed 35 minutes into the movie. But it was still fun. The sex is pretty explicit, not real sex, but plenty of real nudity. It was rated NC-17 when it came out, which killed it in theaters. It's really not a sex film, but just an average entertaining thriller mystery with some extra steamy scenes.
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patty rodriguezReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bruce Willis
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One of my favorite movies of all times had to rent it & watch it again .. really good movie rate R
Lots of nudity ,very explicit crime scenes with a twice, sex, and yes young Bruce Willis is completely nake.. so definitely not for kids under age at all..
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