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Mother Night

Director: Keith Gordon
Writer: Robert E. Weide
Director of Photography: Tom Richmond
Editor:Jay Rabinowitz
Music: Michael Convertino
Production Designer: François Séguin
Producers: Keith Gordon and Robert E. Weide
Fine Line; R; 113 minutes
Release:11/96
Cast:Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kirsten Dunst and Henry Gibson
Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut

It's no easy task adapting Vonnegut for the screen. And Gordon has done a fine job, remaining true to Vonnegut's prose and preserving the message: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” American playwright Howard W. Campbell (Nolte), living in 1930s Germany, agrees to infiltrate Nazi Germany as an American spy, becoming a radio propagandist broadcasting coded, anti-Semitic messages over the German airwaves. Twenty years later (when the film opens), Auschwitz survivors and a group of oddball white supremacists discover Campbell is still alive and pursue him, though for very different reasons. He lands in an Israeli prison and has some explaining to do: Was he a war criminal or a hero? A serious examination of mutable morality.