Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In hindsight, the fact that fashion designer Tom Ford could put together a quietly stylish and affecting art house indie like his 2009 debut A Single Man, perhaps wasn't so surprising. But what's really quite shocking is that with his long-awaited follow-up, the director has created one of the most brutal and intelligent nerve-jangling thrillers of 2016. Based on Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony and Susan, it is effectively two films in one, as bored art gallery owner Susan (Amy Adams) takes delivery of the debut novel - also called Nocturnal Animals - by her ex, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). As Susan reads, Ford takes us into her mind, imagining Edward as the story's hero: a mild-mannered, bookish husband who is forced into the role of avenging vigilante after his wife and daughter are kidnapped. Unusually for a film with two timelines, both are gripping, but in very different ways; when the fictional story plays out to its shocking end, Ford has us on tenterhooks to discover its real-world implications and, in particular, what's in store for Susan.


An art gallery owner is tormented by the violent thriller penned by ex-husband. Tom Ford's psychological thriller, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon.

Cast & Crew

Susan Morrow Amy Adams
Tony Hastings / Edward Sheffield Jake Gyllenhaal
Bobby Andes Michael Shannon
Ray Marcus Aaron Johnson
Laura Hastings Isla Fisher
India Hastings Ellie Bamber
Hutton Morrow Armie Hammer
Anne Sutton Laura Linney
Alessia Andrea Riseborough
Carlos Michael Sheen
Samantha Morrow India Salvor Menuez
Alex Zawe Ashton
Samantha Van Helsing Kristin Bauer
Lieutenant Graves Graham Beckel
Sage Ross Jena Malone
TV woman voice 1 Evie Pree
TV woman voice 2 Beth Ditto
Director Tom Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Nov 2016