Night Zoo

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Un Zoo la Nuit
Night Zoo.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon
Produced by Roger Frappier
Pierre Gendron
Written by Jean-Claude Lauzon
Starring Gilles Maheu
Lynne Adams
Roger Lebel
Music by Jean Corriveau
Cinematography Guy Dufaux
Edited by Michel Arcand
Distributed by FilmDallas (US theatrical)
Release date
  • May 1987 (1987-05) (Cannes)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Canada
Language French
Box office 1.3 million CAD

Night Zoo (French: Un Zoo la Nuit) is a 1987 Canadian film. It is directed and written by Jean-Claude Lauzon. It made its debut at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 60th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]

It was also the most successful film in the history of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's film awards program, winning a record 13 Genie Awards in every single category where it was nominated.[2] The film garnered 14 nominations overall;[3] the film's only nomination that failed to translate into a win was Gilles Maheu's nod for Best Actor, as he lost to the film's other Best Actor nominee, Roger Lebel.


Marcel (Gilles Maheu) is released from prison, hoping to reconcile with his dying father, Albert (Lebel). Marcel is also harassed by a corrupt gay cop. Marcel returns to his father who reveals that he has money and drugs stashed away for him. Marcel and his gay former cellmate both corner the corrupt cop and get their revenge on him. Julie (Adams) is Marcel's former girlfriend who works in a sex club peep show.


The film set a record by winning 13 Genie Awards.



The film was released on videocassette in the United States in 1988 by New World and in Canada that same year by Cinema Plus Video. In 1991, an EP-Mode tape of the film was released by Starmaker Video. After Lauzon was killed in the northern Quebec plane crash in 1997, CBC Television, Télé-Québec and Showcase aired Night Zoo and Léolo in August.[4] To this day, Night Zoo has never been released on DVD and as of June 28, 2011, no plans have been made to release the film onto DVD.

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "It was Un Zoo's night; Quebec film wins record 13 Genies". Montreal Gazette, March 23, 1988.
  3. ^ "Night Zoo thriller sets Genie record; Lauzon film wins 14 nominations". Ottawa Citizen, February 17, 1988.
  4. ^ Playback Staff, "Industry mourns Lauzon, Tougas," Playback, 25 August 1997, URL accessed 26 August 2016.

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