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Manhattan Night (2016)

Manhattan Nocturne (original title)
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A reporter becomes involved with a mysterious woman while investigating her late husband's death.

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Brian DeCubellis

Writers:

Brian DeCubellis (screenplay), Colin Harrison (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Porter Wren
Yvonne Strahovski ... Caroline Crowley
Campbell Scott ... Simon Crowley
Jennifer Beals ... Lisa Wren
Steven Berkoff ... Sebastian Hobbs
Linda Lavin ... Norma Segal
Frank Deal ... Walden Campbell
Stan Carp ... Frank Crowley
Madison Elizabeth Lagares ... Sally Wren
Thomas Bair ... Tommy Wren
Theis Weckesser ... Charlie
Alex Echevarria Alex Echevarria ... Tull
Chinasa Ogbuagu ... Haitian Woman
Jahni Brown Jahni Brown ... Vernon
Karin Collison ... Abigail (as Karin de la Penha)
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Storyline

Based on Colin Harrison's acclaimed novel Manhattan Nocturne (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), MANHATTAN NIGHT tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home he is a model family man, devoted to his loving wife (Jennifer Beals). But when a seductive stranger (Yvonne Strahovski) asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Campbell Scott), he can't resist. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail - one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life. MANHATTAN NIGHT will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand May 20, 2016. Lionsgate Premiere, Grindstone Entertainment Group and 13 Films present in association with Sparkle Roll Media Corporation and Big Indie Pictures a production of Fable... Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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In the city of a billion stories, he risked it all for hers... See more »


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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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$184,656
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Trivia

Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals previously starred alongside each other in Roger Dodger (2002). See more »

Goofs

The taxi that drops Porter and Caroline at her apartment when they duck out of the party is not a New York City taxi. Its roof light is wrong, its medallion number is wrong, there is no medallion affixed to the hood of the car, and there is no fare information on the rear door. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Porter Wren: Thank you for your time.
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Executive Producer - Jackie Chan yet he does not appear listed as part of the production team in the credits listing here at IMDb. See more »

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If I Never Met You
Words and music by Brian DeCubellis
Performed by Lucy Woodward
Produced by Jay Levine
© 2015 Dulchabella Publishing. ASCAP
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Fell Apart After Keeping Me Watching
27 May 2016 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

Manhattan Nights has that feeling of classic film noir from the start. Substituting a modern day investigative reporter for the private eye is a fit. It fairly quickly turns into a disturbing darkness - as in somewhat uncomfortable to watch. Nothing really tells the viewer where this might go and it piles on quite a bit of weirdness thanks to the intersection of our reporter, Brody, with a femme fatale widow who knows how to use her looks for manipulation. It becomes a downward spiral for the reporter who, though you "might" want him to end up OK he's thoroughly maddening.

Gobs of mystery is piled on without a clear idea of what's going on. This is a good hook because like watching a blurry image you believe it will, eventually, come into focus. For this viewer it's the last quarter of the movie that feels too hard to believe making that final clarity hollow.

Maybe a couple that was super strange could pull down a wealthy tycoon and an egotistical writer? The problem, as I see it, is not nearly believable enough in the final analysis for the genre.

By the other reviews here I think there's a good number of folks that do not share my opinion. That's probably good since I'm not claiming to be right. It's just one person's take. Not having read the book I didn't know what to expect anyway. Actually I thought it had good acting and cinematography which held promise, I just couldn't buy into the story when it was finally revealed. The story (writing), therefore for me, ended up being the let down.

In the final analysis you may also feel manipulated as a viewer, or not?


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