The Night Of
2016 | Series | In English | 1 Season (8 episodes). Each episode is between 56 and 90 minutes
A riveting crime drama of a native Pakistani-American student, Naz, (terrific performance by Riz Ahmed), living in Queens. One night, Naz takes his father’s cab to a party and picks up a young woman who seduces him. When he wakes up the next morning, he finds her dead, savagely stabbed. Naz is caught, indicted, and spends a stretch at the brutal prison on Rikers Island. Did he kill the woman? Perhaps he was too dunk, and will never know? A brilliant John Turturro is Naz’s lawyer who tries to save Naz from a horrific verdict.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94
- Metacritic Score: 90
- Directors Guild of America Awards- Outstanding Directing of a TV Miniseries (Steven Zaillian), Outstanding Lead Actor (Riz Ahmed).
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Actor, TV Miniseries (Riz Ahmed and John Turturro) and Best Miniseries.
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Limited Series (Riz Ahmed and John Turturro).
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The production values are excellent throughout, ranging from lively scenes of street and market life in Jackson Heights, home to many residents of Middle Eastern descent, to security camera footage capturing Naz en route to disaster.
Mind your armrests when you watch it all unfold; you may clutch them right through the upholstery. The episodes have a theater-like intimacy, and they pay close attention to the particulars of arrest and processing and Naz’s dawning terror as his world becomes ever smaller. The cinematography conveys the isolation, the disorientation, the feeling of being funneled down a dank, fluorescent-lit chute into the system.
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