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Release Date:
2 August 1978 (USA) See more »
A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Faye Dunaway ... Laura Mars

Tommy Lee Jones ... John Neville

Brad Dourif ... Tommy Ludlow

Rene Auberjonois ... Donald Phelps

Raul Julia ... Michael Reisler (also as R.J.)
Frank Adonis ... Sal Volpe

Lisa Taylor ... Michele

Darlanne Fluegel ... Lulu
Rose Gregorio ... Elaine Cassell

Bill Boggs ... Himself
Steve Marachuk ... Robert
Meg Mundy ... Doris Spenser
Marilyn Meyers ... Sheila Weissman
Gary Bayer ... Reporter

Mitchell Edmonds ... Reporter

Michael Tucker ... Bert
Jeff Niki ... Photo Assistant
Toshi Matsuo ... Photo Assistant
John Edward Allen ... Billy T. (as John E. Allen)

Anna Anderson ... Model
Deborah Beck ... Model
Jim Devine ... Model
Hanny Friedman ... Model
Winnie Hollman ... Model
Patty Oja ... Model
Donna Palmer ... Model
Sterling St. Jacques ... Model
Rita Tellone ... Model
Kari Page ... Model
Dallas Edward Hayes ... Douglas

John Randolph Jones ... Policeman
Allen Joseph ... Policeman (as Al Joseph)
Gerald M. Kline ... Policeman (as Gerald Kline)
Sal Richards ... Policeman
Tom Degidon ... Policeman
Paula Laurence ... Aunt Caroline (as Paula Lawrence)
Joey R. Mills ... Make-Up Person
John Sahag ... Hairdresser
Hector Troy ... Cab Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joanne Baron ... Linda (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Crowd (uncredited)

Nicholas Guest ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Jack H. Harris ... Man in Gallery (uncredited)

Linda Kendall ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ernie Pysher ... Elaine Cassell Gallery Attendee (uncredited)

Robert Ridgely ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Irvin Kershner 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (screenplay) and
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)

John Carpenter (story)

Julian Barry  uncredited
Mart Crowley  uncredited
Tommy Lee Jones  monologue writer (uncredited)
Joan Tewkesbury  uncredited

Produced by
Jack H. Harris .... executive producer
Jon Peters .... producer
Laura Ziskin .... associate producer
Original Music by
Artie Kane 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Art Direction by
Robert Gundlach 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hairdresser
Vincent Callaghan .... makeup artist (as Vince Callaghan)
Lynn Donahue .... makeup artist (as Lynn Donohue)
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall .... hairstyles for Ms. Dunaway
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Louis A. Stroller .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Howard .... assistant director
Joseph Maimone Jr. .... second assistant director
Louis A. Stroller .... assistant director
Art Department
Fred Sammut .... scenic chargeman
Walter Stocklin .... property master
Sound Department
Allan Bromberg .... assistant: sound editor
Charles L. Campbell .... sound editor (as Chuck Campbell)
Robert Glass .... dubbing mixer
Robert Knudson .... dubbing mixer
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Don MacDougall .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Edward Drohan .... special effects
Visual Effects by
James F. Liles .... special photographic effects (as James Liles)
Bill Anagnos .... stunt person
Tammas Hamilton .... stunt person
Jim Lovelett .... stunt person
Harry Madsen .... stunt person
Konrad Sheehan .... stunt person
Alex Stevens .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Rebecca Blake .... photographer: Eyes of Mars photographs
Jack Brown .... first assistant camera
Adger W. Cowans .... still man (as Adger Cowans)
James P. Dolan .... gaffer (as James Dolan)
James Finnerty .... key grip
Bruce MacCallum .... second assistant camera
Mik Cribben .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cis Corman .... casting supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Bishop .... costumer: women
Jim Hagerman .... costumer: men (as James Hagerman)
Bernadene C. Mann .... wardrobe: Ms. Dunaway (as Bernadene Mann)
Editorial Department
Paul LaMastra .... assistant editor (as Paul La Mastra)
Emily Paine .... assistant editor (as Emily Payne)
Trudy Ship .... assistant editor
Location Management
Vince Martinez .... location auditor
Music Department
Joan Biel .... music editor
Charles Koppelman .... musical supervisor (as Charles A. Koppelman)
Transportation Department
James Giblin .... transportation captain
Other crew
Rebecca Blake .... special photographic consultant
Vic Heutschy .... unit publicist
Jerry Jaffe .... project assistant
Pennfield Jensen .... assistant: Mr. Kershner
George Justin .... production executive
Susan B. Landau .... special project assistant (as Susan Landau)
Francine Lefrak .... project assistant
Shari Leibowitz .... production office coordinator
Bette Nance .... script supervisor
Helmut Newton .... gallery photographs
Hugh Rawson .... project assistant
Donna Tomas .... assistant: Ms. Aldredge
Raechel Donahue .... voice talent (uncredited)
Ernie Pysher .... stand-in: Tommy Lee Jones (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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104 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Finland:K-18 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (original rating) | Netherlands:16 (re-rating) | Norway:15 | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1999) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #25251) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Faye Dunaway uses a Nikon FM (fit with an MD-11 motor drive) for her fashion shoots.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the killer kicks in the metallic door to Laura's bedroom, dents/footprints in the door from previous takes of this shot are clearly visible.See more »
Answering machine:[Recorded greeting on Michele and Lulu's answering machine] This is Lulu and Michele. We're not here, so go to hell! But if you're not a horny creep, leave a message at the beep!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Micmacs (2009)See more »
Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) (Prisoner)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Some twists, but a dull job directing a pretty racy scenario, 9 January 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

A thriller with a twist (of course) but depending too much on the first impression of that twist, and not developing it as we go. What always pains me about thrillers like this is they assume we are happy to watch and have things unfold for us, without our involvement. Not that we aren't shocked by blood and death, but we are not given clues or hints, even false hints, to make us start to figure out what is going on and who did what. Instead, we just watch another and another of these quirky awful murders. And watching isn't enough. This isn't a terrible movie, but it has the aura of something more original and special. Expect a common murder spree with a romance thrown in and you'll enjoy it.

There might be a hidden (and unintended) metaphor in the film about us as consumers watching the unapproachable supermodels who are the underlying landscape of the film. Echoes of Jack the Ripper are faint and cheap. And women, over and over again (as with lots of 1970s movies) are just eye candy, both as actresses and as models for the photography. Throw in glamorized murder, and you have what could have been a disturbing and brilliant film. But far from it.

Beauty is what it is, but Faye Dunaway struts as if she's the creme de la creme, and in fact her stiff haughtiness bleeds into her part. Some depth and surprise in her performance would have helped a lot. It's fun seeing Tommy Lee Jones in a young, hunky role, and he's pretty good, if not loosened up and amazing as he would later be.

A lot of this might be traced to the director, who, like it or not, is responsible for pulling it all together and getting the most out of everyone. Irvin Kerschner has a short resume and no particular style. The trick of this film, the photographer's visions, are scary and a little inventive, but their effect is dampened by effects. That is, the visual dimming and blurring is what it is, easily digested, and the events don't add up to anything more than just a quick murder each time. No fun at all, and slightly sad.

The photography itself? It looks like slick Helmut Newton (Newton was slick of course, but with a wiry edge to his setups) and it makes me think of Ellen Von Untwerth, who made shocking scenes pretty in the same kind of way. Ah, I read now the photos were by Newton with the help of Rebecca Blake, who I've never heard of. Newton was famous for his misogynist and high brow fashion work, often using nudity beyond the norm for his days (in the 1960s and 70s). Any critique of that kind of abusive photography one might read into the movie is blunted by the fact that the photographer here is a woman.

In the end, the movie survives on style, and it does have a really nice feel to it, not in how it was filmed, but in the subject matter.

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