Still of the Night
Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Still of the Night
Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
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...
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A quiet, underplayed thriller, with some excellent visuals and lighting.
Quiet thriller with great acting from Meryl Streep, taken a slightly
different route with the paranoid performance from Roy Schnieder.
Unfortunately some other of the other performances are quite poor, with the
standard dumbed down cops. Slow to pick up, it's worth sticking with past
the stock plot setup routines. There's some neat camera work to strengthen
the guessing game and make you feel the paranoia and fear of the doctor.
There's a fantastic sequence in central park where the Doctor follows a
mystery woman, losing her beneath the light \ dark pools of street lights.
Using the sound of her footsteps to pull your attention forward to a tunnel.
The final moments of that sequence are brilliant. Throughout the lighting is
used to great effect with all other senses and even performances extremely
restrained. A good film which I'm sure has influenced many others of this
This film has received quite a few negative posts. I also read Leonard
Maltin's review, in which he said that it was full of holes and was a
weak Hitchcock homage. I really think people are all wrong about this
one; it's full of some very good old-fashioned suspense, and I love all
of the Hitch touches many here have already noted. As well, it must be
recalled that Hitch dealt in many implausibilities in his films. He
hated those who constantly pointed out that "that could never happen in
real life." It's not real life, it's a movie! That's one of the ways I
thought this film succeeded, was in reflecting (or even gently
parodying) Hitch's use of things that would never happen in real life.
Loved the chemistry between Meryl and Roy, not to mention the lovely
mentor/parent shrink/shrink relationship between Roy and Jessica. Nice
work from Robert Benton. I love this film. --Matthew Hays
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(Minor Spoilers) Director Robert Benton borrows from at least seven
Alfred Hitchcock films: Spellbound (1945) Rear Window (1954) Vertigo
(1958)North by Northwest (1959) Psycho (1960) The Birds (1963) and
Marnie (1964) and comes up with a pretty fair Hitchcockian thriller of
his own in "Still of the Night".
The film centers on Brooke Reynolds, Meryl Streep, an antique dealer at
the Crispin Antique & Auction House in New York City. Brooke's fellow
dealer and lover George Bynum, Josef Sommer, was found murdered the
night before and he was a patient of Dr. Sam Rice, Roy Scheider, his
psychiatrist who she went to see to give him a watch that George left
in her apartment.
Brooke wants Dr. Rice to give the watch back to George's wife in order
for her not to find out that she was having an affair with him. Dr.
Rice agrees to return it to Mrs. Bynum but can't get over the alluring
and beautiful Brooke and slowly falls in love with her which gets him
involved with his dead patient and Brooke's lover George. Dr. Rice is
trying to get over an failed marriage himself and Brooke coming into
his life at this important time seems to be just the right medicine for
him but it's the baggage that she carries with her, her lovers murder,
that puts him in danger as well as Brooke herself.
"Still of the Night" is a very stylish thriller with almost no action
at all until the final scene and thats what makes the movie work. Roy
Scheider is perfect as the meek and troubled psychiatrist Dr. Sam Rice
who takes it upon himself to solve his patients murder as he falls in
love with Brooke who may have had something to do with it.
The usually two-fisted and tough Roy Scheider is very good as the
withdrawn and inoffensive Dr. Sam Rice who's driven to solve George's
murder in order to clear Brooke from being blamed for it which seems to
be what's being made to happen by George's killer. Dr. Rice is also
somewhat of a mama's boy with his psychiatrist mom Grace, Jessica
Tandy, giving him advice on his breakup with his wife and the solving
of George's murder.
There's a very good dream sequence in the movie "Still of the Night"
much like the one in "Spellbound" that bring out what was really going
on between George & Brooke as well as Brooke's dark secret that the
killer somehow found out about and was using it to set up and implicate
Brooke for George's murder.
Meryl Streep who's known more for being an excellent Academy Award
winning actress then a beauty queen was never more beautiful as well as
classy as Brooke Reynolds the mystery woman with a secret who knew much
more then what she lead Dr. Rice to believe. Miss. Streep is such a
turn-on in the film that even with all her clothes on she had more sex
appeal then both Britney Spear and Madonna put together with their
clothes off. In fact the only scene that Meryl Streep was nude had
nothing to do with her affair with Dr. Rice but when he came to her
apartment and was startled to find her getting a rub-down from her
masseur Mr. Chang, Hyon Cho; WHAT A LUCKY GUY HE IS.
"Still of the Night" turned off a lot of movie viewers because of it's
slow pace and lack of any steamy scenes between Dr. Rice and Brooke
Reynolds as well as it's almost total lack of action until the very
last minutes of the movie. But it substituted all that with a well
thought out story and as for the lack of sex thats exactly what made
the movie, or better yet Brooke Reynold, so sexy. Brooke was so
gorgeous that she came across as being almost untouchable and rightly
so. A woman as attractive as her should only be looked upon with awe
and admiration and not be manhandled; at least until the lights are