Mother Night
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once summarized the moral of his novel Mother Night like so: "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." In Keith Gordon's film adaptation of Vonnegut's book, Nick Nolte stars as Howard W. Campbell Jr., an American playwright living in Germany shortly before the U.S. entered World War II. Campbell is essentially apolitical; if he sometimes hobnobs with Nazi leaders, it's only because they're VIPs in his time, place, and social circle, and he cares for little besides his writing and his beloved wife Helga (Sheryl… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nick Nolte is excellent in Keith Gordon's ambitious but flawed adaptation of Vonnegut's fascinating novel."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Wonderfully mysterious and emotionally draining."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Surprisingly good Vonnegut adaptation"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Helps us to see that there is no escaping the burdens of living in a political world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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