Mother Night | 1996

Adaptation, Comedy
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 ...more

Cast

... Howard Campbell

Actor

... George Kraft

Actor

... (uncredited) Frank Wirtanen

Actor

... Resi Noth -- Age 13

Actor

... Abraham Epstein

Actor

... Black Fuhrer of Harlem

Actor

... Bernard B O'Hare

Actor

... Dr Lionel Jones

Actor

... Werner Noth

Actor

... Epstein's Mother

Actor

... Prison Warden

Actor

... Prison Official

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Source Material (from novel)

Company

Fine Line Features

Studio

Kingsgate Films

Production Company

Production Company

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.

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