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I remember seeing a movie where everyone falls asleep and their memories are changed at midnight.

The protagonist somehow stays awake at one time, and he starts hiding from those who are doing the reprogramming (who I think were aliens), while an alien detective is trying to track him down.

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This sounds like Dark City (1998):

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him.

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Yea, that's it. –  Mistu4u Sep 23 '13 at 13:29
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… would also almost fit the description, but the reprogrammers there aren't alien. –  armb Sep 23 '13 at 15:31
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coleopterist is right, it's Dark City (1998), directed by Alex Proyas. It stars Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, and Kiefer Sutherland. If you get a chance, the late, great Roger Ebert did a DVD commentary (he was a great admirer of this movie) and he pointed out lots of interesting details about the compositions of different shots. Here's his 4-star review of the movie: Roger Ebert reviews Dark City –  khhsocratica Sep 23 '13 at 23:24

That movie was Dark City. In the end, if I remember right, he discovers the city and its inhabitants are all on a spaceship. The nightly reprograms were experiments by the aliens to determine if our personalities are set, or are we merely the sum of our experiences.

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