Light Sleeper

1 h 43 min1992R
John Letour (Dafoe) is a good man in a bad business, working for Ann (Sarandon) on the wrong side of the law, and he wants out. Will he get out before it's too late?
Paul Schrader
Willem DafoeSusan SarandonDana Delany
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David ClennonMary Beth Hurt
Linda Reisman
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4.0 out of 5 stars

163 global ratings

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  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
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AnonnymouseReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Even the nicest drug dealers can have bad days
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This movie is melancholic. But it is also brilliant, and it is brilliant enough to offset the sad premise of the story.

Willem Dafoe plays Johnny Le Tour. Johnny is a delivery boy for a drug dealer named Ann. Ann is played by Susan Sarandon. If you are expecting thugs, tuck that away. These people aren't thugs. In fact, both want out of the drug dealing business to follow better dreams.

Ann is a very smart, charismatic dealer who has built up a high class clientele of top banking executives. This spares her the grief of peddling to street level users.

Johnny and Ann have a great friendship and working relationship. Johnny is just about the nicest carry boy you would ever want to meet. He doesn't act tough. He doesn't set people's teeth on edge. He doesn't even carry a gun. There's no need.

But he does carry around a mountain of guilt and regret for allowing his addiction to ruin his marriage. He would do anything to win back his ex wife. But she keeps pushing him away. This breaks him down with even more guilt. This is a good movie. Each actor is given exactly what they need to flesh out their character. Willem Dafoe turns out a magnificent performance. Susan Sarandon is fresh, fun, funny and very much a wise old soul. A woman who knows exactly how to act to survive in a man's world.

This movie will be especially rewarding for people with the patience to really see it blossom. It is worth the wait.
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WaterboxReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Bad score
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Good film by Schrader, however it could have been a great film with a Better Score. I don't know who talked him into this music ,but the singing score is awful. The sax music at the end for the last scene is absurd. This film just needed a pinch of somthing and it didnt get it.
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RANDELReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
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One would think that the writer of TAXI DRIVER (which benefitted so much from Bernard Hermann's wonderful score) would have made better choices for his own film. The score consist of a second-rate club singer who drones on endlessly through entire songs, making the film seem at times like a very bad music video. Unfortunately, the sound design is so weak in spots one wishes for subtitles. I would recommend this disc only to someone who has a relative in the film.
Rod SeversonReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great movie, excellent acting and well scripted...
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This was a great movie, I've always liked William Dafoe and Susan Sarandon. interesting that they allowed this movie to be produced during the infamous sanitation strikes in NYC. I missed the reasons that brought on the staged suicide jump but in the crazy world of drug use and dealing
just paranoia is to blame...
10 people found this helpful
Boss302KirkReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Willem Dafoe Stays True to His Goals
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If you are a Willem Dafoe fan, you'll like this movie. Not too many actors could play it the way Dafoe does: Warm and quiet as a recovering drug addict that stays true to his goals.
12 people found this helpful
Michael BReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
It stinks
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Waste of time and money!! I know it's free on Prime®, but after 1/2 hour of watching this, THEY owe ME.
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TicketytwoReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie
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I purchased this movie because it was a good price and it’s a great movie. Atmospheric, good story and I’d been to many locations it was shot at since New York is my home. So kind of nostalgic too
Bruce WinningReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
drug dealer without a gun
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That is strange: a dealer with no weapon. Nice guy. He doesn't use. He cares about those he sells to. I like the shooting: not much but very relevant. 16:9/monaural
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