Mother Night


1h 53m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Howard W. Campbell Jr., an American writer living in pre-World War II Germany, is pressed into service by the U.S. government on a top secret assignment. His mission: to assume the role of a Nazi sympathizer. With his true purpose known by only a few, Campbell becomes a prominent spokesman for the Nazis' anti-American and anti-semitic agenda, gaining celebrity in Germany and infamy in the States. Campbell's nightmarish misadventures continue when, years after the war, he is suddenly recognized as the infamous Howard W. Campbell. All at once, he is persecuted by outraged Holocaust survivors, pursued by the U.S. authorities as a traitor, and embraced by neo-Nazis and white supremacists who feel nostalgia for the "good old days." Ultimately, Campbell is imprisoned in Israel and ordered to stand trial as a Nazi war criminal. During his incarceration, he struggles with own uncertainty as to whether he actually a hero, a villain, or both.

Film Details

Also Known As
Manipulation
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Mystery
Thriller
War
Spy
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES
Location
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Synopsis

Howard W. Campbell Jr., an American writer living in pre-World War II Germany, is pressed into service by the U.S. government on a top secret assignment. His mission: to assume the role of a Nazi sympathizer. With his true purpose known by only a few, Campbell becomes a prominent spokesman for the Nazis' anti-American and anti-semitic agenda, gaining celebrity in Germany and infamy in the States. Campbell's nightmarish misadventures continue when, years after the war, he is suddenly recognized as the infamous Howard W. Campbell. All at once, he is persecuted by outraged Holocaust survivors, pursued by the U.S. authorities as a traitor, and embraced by neo-Nazis and white supremacists who feel nostalgia for the "good old days." Ultimately, Campbell is imprisoned in Israel and ordered to stand trial as a Nazi war criminal. During his incarceration, he struggles with own uncertainty as to whether he actually a hero, a villain, or both.

Film Details

Also Known As
Manipulation
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Mystery
Thriller
War
Spy
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES
Location
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States November 1, 1996

Released in United States Fall November 1, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 8, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 22, 1996

Released in United States on Video April 22, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States September 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States October 2000

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (in competition) August 22 - September 2, 1996.

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Explore: The USA) October 10-20, 1996.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton, New York October 16-20, 1996.

Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 3-13, 1996.

This film debuts a first-look deal between Fine Line Features and Nick Nolte's Kings Gate Productions.

Began shooting September 20, 1995.

Completed shooting November 8, 1995.

Released in United States Fall November 1, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 8, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 22, 1996

Released in United States on Video April 22, 1997

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (in competition) August 22 - September 2, 1996.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.)

Limited Release in United States November 1, 1996

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Explore: The USA) October 10-20, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton, New York October 16-20, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 3-13, 1996.)

Released in United States October 2000 (Shown at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (A Tribute to CIBY 2000) October 18-31, 1996.)