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Still Of The Night (1982)

Meryl Streep , Roy Scheider , Robert Benton  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Roy Scheider, Joe Grifasi, Sara Botsford
  • Directors: Robert Benton
  • Writers: Story By David Newman And Robert Benton Screenplay By Robert Benton
  • Producers: Arlene Donovan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LB5FCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Roy Scheider and Meryl Streep star in a highly charged, Hitchcock- inspired murder mystery set among New York's chic world of high- rolling antique brokers. Co-stars Jessica Tandy.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Suspense November 17, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Who cares if this movie is supposed to be no good! I've seen it a couple of times and I find it mysterious, moody, visually lush and interesting, and suspenseful. And I can't remember when Scheider was better (except, maybe, in JAWS). Don't let Maltin's review scare you off this one -- I think it is a great rainy-Saturday-afternoon movie.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous thriller. March 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Some movies lose their power the more you see them over the years, but not this one. I've seen it many times, and even though I know the ending it's still gripping every time. It's also quite eerie through-out, thanks to several very atmospheric sequences. Movies of today don't seem to know how to be scary, simply because they just don't take the time necessary to build up tension, or know how to execute it well enough. This brilliant suspense movie shows you exactly how to do it right. It also helps if you have a good cast, and the teaming of Streep and Scheider proved to be pure genius. -Now all MGM must do is letterbox it for its long awaited DVD release !.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable movie July 7, 2000
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I saw this movie years ago, forgot the name, and have been looking for it ever since. If you like a good old scary suspense movie with characters you care about this is for you.It is a movie that is better than the sum of it's parts and they are darned good. For once I really couldn't tell if she was bad or not, but I'm not telling!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hitchcock Touch March 11, 2011
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This stylish 1982 suspense thriller is now available as a made-to-order DVD-R from MGM/Fox. Director Robert Benton, fresh from his triumph with KRAMER VS. KRAMER, turned his attention to that most popular pastime of modern directors--paying homage to the giants of the past. He directed this film as his tribute to Alfred Hitchcock.

When a randy curator at a Manhattan auction house (Josef Sommer) is murdered, his psychiatrist (Roy Scheider) is drawn into a mysterious plot involving the curator's mistress (Meryl Streep) and various other interested parties, including the police. The shrink soon realizes that he knows too many of the dead man's secrets--and that his own life is now in danger.

STILL OF THE NIGHT has many of the classic elements of Hitchcock: the innocent bystander who must solve the puzzle to clear his own name (and save his own life), the icy blond beauty who may or may not be the killer, and the shadowy Long Island mansion where the clifftop climax takes place. Most of all, we have several examples of Hitch's most distinctive contribution to cinema--the suspense sequence that builds slowly to a payoff. The symbolic dream, the creepy adventure in the basement laundry room, the eerie midnight excursion into Central Park, the unnervingly extended episode at the swanky auction house where the hero desperately tries to deflect the authorities who are closing in--these are pure Hitchcock, and Benton is better than most at making these classic ideas seem fresh and immediate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic whodunit June 19, 2011
I have seen many reviews for this comparing it to Hitchcock, but for me, I let it stand on its own. It was a film that was shown late one night on UK television and I loved every minute of it.

I will not say anything about the plot, just that it's an intriguing murder mystery with some nice touches and Roy Schieder must be one proud actor to hav such a little known effort like this in his reportoire. Meryl Streep provides the glamour and the mystery and her performance is simply stunning and a joy to watch. She also, I think for the first and only time to my knowledge, appears in the nude, but from a distance. She has a lovely figure and a cute rear end, which I think she should have showed off more often, so it is definitely adult entertainment, but also a classic whodunnit in the greatest tradition. Difficult to get hold of though, I had to get the Australian edition, but now there's this release too, which I'm guessing is the US edition. Do yourselves a favour, get a copy and treat yourself to a great whodunnit and enjoy the beautiful Ms Streep in the buff too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Understated murder mystery July 7, 2011
This film received mixed reviews when it came out in 1982, in part because it was competing with another Meryl Streep film, Sophie's Choice. But thirty years later, it holds up rather well as an understated murder mystery with some psychological elements -- similar to Hitchcock. The film is a melodrama rather than a thriller, and the emphasis is on plot rather than action. Roy Scheider plays a psychologist who is thrown into a web of intrigue after the death of one of his patients, who has been involved in a love triangle. Meryl Streep, who is here cast against type as anxiety-ridden and weak-willed (but handles the role well), may be a suspect, or she may be the next victim. There is a strong psychological undercurrent throughout: Scheider uses dream analysis to solve the case. New York locations provide a nice backdrop. The climactic scene, set out on the beaches of Long Island, involves a surprising plot twist. 3.5 Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MERYL STREEP
Published 6 days ago by Kathleen C. Prybylo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy
Published 14 days ago by Dennis Sybrowsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Jaws
Kinda lost me midway through the movie.
Published 22 days ago by Brian Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good flick.
Good enough movie - was not sure till the end who the murderer was, but probably not one I will watch again..
Published 1 month ago by P. Moffett
2.0 out of 5 stars slow
I couldn't pay attention because it was boring. I'm not sure I even know what it was about. WIsh I hadn't paid to watch it.
Published 1 month ago by Danielle
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass It By
There are much better movies than this to spend your time watching. Keep on looking and find one that is better. Your time is worth it. DUD!
Published 2 months ago by C. A. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, moody mystery that you should love!
Scheider, as a low-keyed psychiatrist and Streep as the mystery woman with a past are an excellent duo! It will keep you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars I have looked for this movie for a long time on DVD. So happy to own...
great mystery movie. Meryl Streep is one of my favorite actresses. Great movie for anyone who enjoys a mystery movie
Published 2 months ago by linda schimpf
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a repeat viewing
Story line is excellent, demands your attention throughout the movie. Selection of actors superb....notice the red & blue color theme throughout the movie..... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruth H. Goss
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie has problems
The movie skips and stops making it impossible to watch. Requesting better digital version. Please resend another version of this movie.
Published 5 months ago by Karen Markey
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