Nightwatch (1997 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Ole Bornedal
Produced by Michael Obel
Written by
Music by Joachim Holbek
Cinematography Dan Laustsen
Edited by Sally Menke
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date
April 17, 1998 (1998-04-17)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.3 million (United States)[1]

Nightwatch is a 1997 American horror-thriller film directed by Ole Bornedal and starring Ewan McGregor, Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte. It was written by Bornedal and Steven Soderbergh. It is a remake of the Danish film Nattevagten (1994), which was also directed by Bornedal.[2]


Law student Martin Bells is hired as a night watchman at a hospital morgue. A string of gruesome murders committed by a necrophiliac serial killer quickly point to him as the lead suspect in the investigation carried out by Inspector Thomas Cray. At the same time, Martin slowly discovers clues that point to the real perpetrator.



Nightwatch received mixed reviews by critics. The film holds both a 6.2/10 rating on IMDb based on16,268 reviews and 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews.

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C-" on an A+ to F scale.[3]


  1. ^ "Nightwatch - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  2. ^ Doom, Ryan (January 20, 2012). "THE F*CKING BLACK SHEEP: NIGHTWATCH (1997)". Joblo. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "CinemaScore". 

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