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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)
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104 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

The Mad Magazine parody of this movie, was called "Eyes of Lurid Mess", and was part of Issue #206 published in April 1979.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 »
Laura:I can't understand... how it's possible... to live your whole life... without someone... and be doing more or less OK. And then suddenly you find them.
John Neville:You recognize them.
Laura:You recognize them. And... you know without them...
John Neville:[whispered] It's terrifying.
John Neville:[whispered] It's beautiful.
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Movie Connections:
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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Seeing is believing--looks maybe can't kill!, 31 May 2006
Author: ResidentHazard ( from Plymouth, MN

Eyes of Laura Mars -- Horror/Thriller -- 1978

This is an old supernatural thriller of sorts from way back in the 70s'. It revolves around a female fashion/glamour photographer who lives to make crude photographic nudie art that sepcializes in scenes of violence. Some people find her "art" to be rather disturbing and horribly offensive. So someone decides to go around killing her friends and acquaintances. To make matters worse, Laura Mars can see the murders happening--through her own eyes!

Here's the breakdown:

The Good:

--Clever story, and fairly original. Adds a nice twist to the usual cops-hunting-murderer story.

--Good acting all around. Brad Dourif is creepy, Tommy Lee Jones is cool, Raul Julia is... kinda weird...

--Good atmosphere and cinematography all around, with some strong direction. The tense moments are generally pretty well done.

--Some nice, genuine, surprises throughout the film. It does manage to successfully keep you guessing just who the killer is.

Didn't Hurt It, Didn't Help:

--Contains a decent amount of fairly well-known actors including Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif (better known as Chucky from the Child's Play series), Raul Julia, and Rene Auberjonois (famous for his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine role). It was also co-written by John "Halloween" Carpenter.

--Quite a bit of nudity. She is taking pictures of naked "victims of violence" after all.

--Somewhat grotesque 70's music permeates here and there.

--Some decent character development and depth.

The Bad:

--Not quite as scary or riveting as I'm sure it was back in '78. This review being written in 2006.

--Some "logic" problems every now and then. For instance, when Laura Mars sees someone being murdered, that's all she sees--yet there are times when she seems to be able to move around, once even driving a car, with more competence than one would expect from someone who just instantly "went blind."

--Occasional dips in the quality of the atmosphere and writing.

The Ugly:

--The make-up used on the models in the 70's. Holy crap!

Memorable Scene:

--Nice climax to the film.

Fun Fact:

--The photographic art in the film is actually from professional "glamour" photographer Helmut Newton.

Acting: 8/10 , Story: 8/10 , Atmosphere: 7/10 , Cinematography: 8/10 , Character Development: 7/10 , Special Effects/Make-up: 7/10 , Dialog: 7/10 , Music: 6/10 , Direction: 9/10

Nudity/Sexuality: 5/10 , Violence: 6/10 , Gore: 3/10

Cheesiness: 2/10 , Crappiness: 0/10

Overall: 7/10

Finally, I would recommend this to hardcore horror/thriller fans or film buffs. John Carpenter or Tommy Lee Jones fans will likely enjoy it. The movie is not without its problems, small though they are, but may not be enjoyed all that well by many modern viewers. (Movie themed message board)

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