Watch: Still of the Night 1982 123movies, Full Movie Online – George Bynum, a patient of Manhattan psychiatrist Dr. Sam Rice, is brutally murdered. Soon afterward, Dr. Rice is visited by Bynum’s co-worker and mistress Brooke Reynolds and by the investigating officer Detective Vitucci. As Dr. Rice reviews the case notes on his sessions with Bynum, he starts his own investigation. At the same time, he finds himself falling for enigmatic blonde Brooke, despite her increasingly suspicious behavior. The closer Rice comes to the truth, the more he puts his own life in danger….
Plot: When one of his patients is found murdered, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Rice is visited by the investigating officer but refuses to give up any information. He’s then visited by the patient’s mistress, Brooke Reynolds, whom he quickly falls for despite her being a likely murder suspect. As the police pressure on him intensifies, Rice decides to attempt solving the case on his own and soon discovers that someone is trying to kill him as well.
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Riff on Hitchcock
I remember trying to get into this film in New York City on a Friday night, and it was sold out. IMDb doesn’t list its box office, but I remember that it was quite popular. It was around the beginning of Meryl as Goddess – this was her 10th film and before “Sophie’s Choice.” The rest of the stars are Roy Scheider and Jessica Tandy. Scheider gets drawn into the murder of one of his patients after a visit from a mysterious woman (Streep) who worked with and had an affair with the victim. He goes back in his mind over some of his sessions with his patient, including a vivid dream, and finds himself living it.
If you know and love the big guy, Hitchcock, as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this film just picking out all the Hitchcock touches. Others on this board have mentioned the cool blonde (Streep, looking gorgeous), the psychiatrist mother and the dream (Spellbound), a shot reminiscent of Rear Window, the presence of Jessica Tandy (The Birds), the ordinary man drawn into strange circumstances, the auction scene (North by Northwest), and of course, the Shadow of a Doubt reference – Scheider’s Uncle Charlie.
“Still of the Night” is gimmicky, cold, and strangely memorable. Look at the various posts and see how many people remember where and when they saw it. Streep is excellent in her cool blonde role, though it’s not a great part; however, her monologue toward the end of the film is very compelling. Scheider is just right as the psychiatrist, and Tandy is wonderful as his mother, though her role is too small.
Others mention that the film moves slowly until the end. The ending is very suspenseful and exciting, but I didn’t feel the rest of the movie was slow – I felt like I was being set up for something. As it turned out, I was.
Recommended for lovers of Hitchcock and those who have not seen much early Streep.
Classy homage to Hitchcock
I remember being entirely taken with this film, seeing it several times when it was originally in theaters, way back in ’82. Its creator, Robert Benton, freely admitted at the time that he intended this to be an homage to Hitchcock, and he’s largely succeeded, right down to the cool, mysterious blonde female with a troubled past and the detective who is drawn to her, and the balletic, deliberate pacing that accentuates the suspense and tension, almost to a fault. Unlike Hitchcock, this film is strictly serious business, with nary a moment of lightness, which, alas, means something less than ‘fun’. Hitchcock ALWAYS utilized humor, no matter how dark it may have been, recognizing that it, too, can actually heighten the suspense by putting people off their guard. This film would be richer for that sense but still it remains a good, solid mystery. As I’ve said, the story is pure Hitchcock: a murder takes place and a cool, mysterious blonde (Streep) may be the prime suspect, something that draws New York City psychologist (and amateur sleuth) Scheider towards her. One comment here said, “They don’t make ’em classy like this anymore” and he couldn’t be more right: from the restrained, low-key performance of Streep (accent-free but looking perhaps more beautiful here than in any other film she’s done; she nearly resembles those women in a Dutch Renaissance painting), balancing the “livelier” performance of Scheider, to the lovely muted blues, browns, greys and blacks of its cinematography. There are a fair number of jolts and a satisfactory wrap-up, too. If there is any one fault with the film, it is, as one user has already commented, how slight the script is – it’s nearly a puff of smoke! Another asked if we really needed ANOTHER homage to Hitchcock since De Palma’s been doing it for years; however, one look at De Palma’s films and THIS film and the difference is night and day: De Palma’s films, which could be considered almost a Hyper-Hitchcock, are almost TOO jokey and slavish to its directors flights of fancy, while Benton’s film exhibits the cool reserve, almost detachment, of its sophisticated New York settings. Hitchcock was THE undisputed master of thrillers and remains so to this day; it’s wonderful to see other, modern directors try their hand at the lost art of the classy thriller/mystery. “Still of the Night” is definitely worth discovering, no matter its minor faults.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Robert Benton
Writer Robert Benton, David Newman
Actors Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy
Country United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory Technicolor, USA (prints)
Film Length 2,495 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm