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Light SleeperDespite an impressively brooding, end-of-the-party tone, Paul Schrader's tale of a coke runner's crisis of spirit isn't the transcendental experience it...Light SleeperDramaRDespite an impressively brooding, end-of-the-party tone, Paul Schrader's tale of a coke runner's crisis of spirit isn't the transcendental experience it...1993-02-26Jane AdamsDavid ClennonDana DelanyVictor GarberMary Beth HurtPaul JabaraJane Adams, David Clennon, Dana Delany, Victor Garber, Mary Beth Hurt, Paul JabaraFine Line Features
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Light Sleeper

Genre: Drama; Starring: Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Jane Adams, David Clennon, Dana Delany, Victor Garber, Mary Beth Hurt, Paul Jabara; Director: Paul Schrader; Author: Paul Schrader; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Fine Line Features

Despite an impressively brooding, end-of-the-party tone, Paul Schrader’s tale of a coke runner’s crisis of spirit isn’t the transcendental experience it’s intended to be. Actually, Light Sleeper is little more than a stylized, upscale rewrite of Schrader’s own 1976 script for Taxi Driver. Strong, sympathetic performances from Dafoe, Sarandon, Dana Delaney, and Jane Adams are reasons to rent, but the fake Springsteen moanings on the soundtrack (courtesy of the Call’s Michael Been) pretty much ruin any chance that you might take this seriously. C

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