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I remember watching this movie a long time ago, sometime in the 90s.

All I can remember clearly about it is that this guy is an insomniac and never sleeps but at night he goes out and fights crime in some way or form. I clearly remember something about a trenchcoat he wears that is bullet proof and he used it to protect a child at one point. He also swapped it for a new one at a shop in one scene.

Does anybody know what film this might be?

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"The Owl" from 1991 stars Adrian Paul as an insomniac vigilante wearing a kevlar trench coat. Basically an unpicked TV pilot, it was also called "Night Owl". From IMDb:

Alex L'Hiboux, a ruthless mercenary-cum-vigilante, is known as 'the Owl' because he never sleeps. His insomnia comes from a combination of a medical disorder and recurring nightmares of the murder of his wife and daughter. Alex is approached by Lisa, a young girl whose father is missing. She awakens painful memories of his own child, but after some persuasion from a policewoman friend, he agrees to help her.

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Thanks, not sure why I was interested as it looks awful! – AlasdairCM Mar 19 '13 at 9:08
Things rarely live up to memory. ;) – Walt Mar 19 '13 at 9:44

Sounds like Taxi Driver. Travis Bickle works at night. Fantasizes about cleaning up the streets. He protects Jodie Foster's character. However The bullet proof coat doesn't fit.

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Unfortunately not Taxi Driver. – AlasdairCM Feb 22 '13 at 14:26

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