Sleepless (2001 film)

Sleepless (2001 film)
Directed by Dario Argento
Produced by Dario Argento
Claudio Argento
Written by Dario Argento
Franco Ferrini
Starring Max von Sydow
Stefano Dionisi
Chiara Caselli
Roberto Zibetti
Gabriele Lavia
Music by Goblin
Cinematography Ronnie Taylor
Editing by Anna Rosa Napoli
Release date(s) 2001
Running time 117 min.
Country Italy
Language Italian
Budget $4,000,000

Sleepless (Italian: Non ho Sonno) is a 2001 horror film by Dario Argento. The film stars Max von Sydow and Stefano Dionisi and marks Argento's return to the giallo subgenre. The film was another box office success when it opened in Italy, taking in over 5,019,733,505 Italian Lira ($3,280,080) by end of its theatrical run.



Sleepless opens with Detective Ulisse Moretti (Max von Sydow) investigating a series of murders in Turin in 1983 known as The Dwarf Murders. The main suspect, a giallo novelist named Vincenzo de Fabritiis, turns up dead and the case is considered closed. However, seventeen years later, a similar series of murders begin and draw the since retired Moretti back into the case. Moretti teams up with Giacomo (Stefano Dionisi), whose mother was murdered in the 1983 spree, to determine if de Fabritiis is still alive or was actually innocent of the crimes for which he was accused. As the murders continue, the investigating duo discovers that the murderer is arranging their murder to an old nursery rhyme about the killing of animals.


  • Max von Sydow ... Ulisse Moretti
  • Stefano Dionisi ... Giacomo Gallo
  • Chiara Caselli ... Gloria
  • Roberto Zibetti ... Lorenzo Betti
  • Gabriele Lavia ... Dr. Betti
  • Paolo Maria Scalondro ... Chief Inspector Manni
  • Rossella Falk ... Laura de Fabritiis
  • Roberto Accornero ... Fausto
  • Barbara Lerici ... Angela
  • Guido Morbello ... Young Detective
  • Massimo Sarchielli ... Leone
  • Diego Casale ... Beppe
  • Alessandra Comerio ... Mrs. Betti
  • Elena Marchesini ... Mel
  • Aldo Massasso ... Detective Cascio

Alternate versions

The original US video release from Artisan Entertainment was heavily edited for content. Every murder sequence in the film was trimmed down for less graphic violence, including the decapitation murder of the ballet dancer which omits the image of the head hitting the floor. In all over a minutes worth of footage was cut.

European DVD releases of the film are completely uncut.

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