- "A bad cop can't sleep because his conscience won't let him."
Insomnia was Christopher Nolan's third feature film, released in 2002 Unlike his first two features, Insomnia is not an original screenplay, instead being adapted from another film of the same name. The adaptation was written by Hillary Seitz, and the film was produced by Emma Thomas, George Clooney, Steven Soderberg, Broderick Johnson, Paul Junger Witt, Andrew A. Kosove and Edward L. McDonnell.
Insomnia introduces Dormer, an LAPD detective who is sent to Alaska to solve the murder of a young girl. While there, he meets a young detective, and ends up not being able to sleep due to the constant sunlight and his nagging conscience of past deeds.
Insomnia's structure is relatively simple compared to Nolan's other films. The storyline follows a linear narrative, with occasional flashbacks to Dormer's life in LA.
- Al Pacino as Detective Will Dormer
- Martin Donovan as Detective Hap Eckhart
- Oliver "Ole" Zemen as Spencer (as "Pilot")
- Hilary Swank as Ellie Burr
- Paul Dooley as Chief Charlie Nyback
- Nicky Katt as Fred Duggar
- Larry Holden as Farrell Brooks
- Jay Brazeau as Francis
- Lorne Cardinal as Rich
- James Hutson as Officer #1
- Andrew Campbell as Officer #2
- Paula Shaw as Coroner
- Crystal Lowe as Kay Connell
- Tasha Simms as Mrs Connell
- Maura Tierney as Rachel Clement
- Jonathan Jackson as Randy Stetz
- Malcolm Boddington as Principal
- Katharine Isabelle as Tanya Francke
- Robin Williams as Walter Finch
- Kerry Sandomirsky as Trish Eckhart (voice only)
- Chris Guthior as Uniformed Officer
- Ian Tracey as John Warfield (voice only)
- Kate Robbins as Woman on the Road
- Emily Jane Perkins as Girl at Funeral
- Dean Wray as Ticket Taker