Still of the Night

Synopsis: George Bynum, a patient of Manhattan psychiatrist Dr. Sam Rice, is brutally murdered. Soon afterward, Dr. Rice is visited by Bynum's co-worker and mistress Brooke Reynolds and by the investigating officer Detective Vitucci. As Dr. Rice reviews the case notes on his sessions with Bynum, he starts his own investigation. At the same time, he finds himself falling for enigmatic blonde Brooke, despite her increasingly suspicious behavior. The closer Rice comes to the truth, the more he puts his own life in danger...
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Robert Benton
Production: MGM
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Doctor, I, uh, feel I

have to tell you that...

this has to be my

last session with you.

I got fired yesterday.

Look, what's the use, huh?

- I can't afford this sort of

thing anymore. - Mr. Harris,

do you really believe I'd stop

seeing you now, at a time like this,

just because you

couldn't afford it?

I think it's something we should

go into in the next session.

Sure thing.

Next Thursday at 4:00, right?


Dr. Rice,

this is Nick Dine.

I can't make my 11:00 session tomorrow.

I'll see you next week.

Hi Sam.

It's Sarah here.

I'm just calling to let you

know that the divorce is final.

Um, I hope you like

your new apartment.

If there's anything

you need...

Well, Bucky,

it's not the '78 playoff game.

Dr. Rice?

My name is Brooke Reynolds.

I was a friend of George Bynum.

I was wondering if I could

talk to you for a moment.

I promise I won't

take much time.


Come in.

Sit down.

I was sorry to hear

about George.

When something

like this happens...

Dr. Rice, George left

this in my apartment.

And before I could return it to

him I heard that he had been...

That he was dead.


I thought his wife

should have it.

I don't know her. I mean,

I've met her once or twice, but...


What I'm trying to say is

I don't think she knows

anything about George and me.

And I don't see any reason why

she should be hurt by this now.

I thought if...

If you could

return it to her

and not mention

anything about me.

I thought you could say that

he left it here in, in your office,

the last time

he was here or...

Wouldn't it have been simpler

if you had just mailed it to her?

Do you want to

talk about this?

Yes, yes.

I need someone...

Excuse me.


Uh, Dr. Rice, uh, I tried

to call you this morning, uh,

but there wasn't any answer.

I'm Detective Joseph Vitucci,

Homicide, Central.

I wonder...


Oh, I'm terribly sorry.

- Don't worry about it.

- Can I pay you?

So stupid of me.


Could you step into the

waiting room, please.

I'll be with you

in a moment.


Why don't you use this door?

No one will see you leave.

I've got it.

Miss Reynolds...

Thank you.


Dr. Rice.

Joseph Vitucci, Detective First Class,

Homicide Central.

How do you do?

I appreciate your

taking the time.

It's all right.

Sit down.

You're a psychologist, huh?

- Psychiatrist.

- Oh.

All right.

I - A - T - R - I - S - T.

That's right.

And George Bynum

was your patient, huh?


Now. How long have

you been treating him?

Twice a week

for two years.

And, uh, last time

you saw him?

Thursday the 22nd, 5:30.

Do you mind?

Okay. Now, anything happened like,

you know, threats, attempts on his life...

- Anything that he mentioned, dah dah,

dah dah, dah dah, you know? - No.

Okay. Uh, how about anybody

he was having trouble with?


What exactly was it that you

were treating the deceased for?

I'm sorry, that's

confidential information.


Uh, but if you think of anything that's,

uh, not confidential,

I would appreciate it if

you would give me a call.


Uh, listen, Dr. Rice.

If I were you,

I'd be careful for a little while.

What I mean is, if I thought you knew

something about George Bynum's death,

the guy that killed him

might get the same idea.

January 4th, first session

with George Bynum.

Referred by Jack Berger,

47, married, good health.

Works at Crispin's,

the auction gallery.

He said the pre-Columbian statue

on my desk was a cheap copy.

Told me I watered

the plants too much,

finally admitted he was

having trouble sleeping.

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Robert Benton

Robert Douglas Benton is an American screenwriter and film director. He won the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer and won a third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart. more…

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