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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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A terrific thriller, both gripping and spell-binding See more (72 total) »


  (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:
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?

On-set rifts between producer Jon Peters and his cast and crew, particularly with lead star Faye Dunaway, were well publicized in the media. The relationship between Dunaway and Peters during filming has been described as being tense and strained.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Laura sees an especially frightening vision the camera cuts to her eyes in close-up. Her pupils are not maximally dilated as they would normally be by extreme emotion, but are pinpoints. This would likely have been a technical difficulty as the bright lights in the C/U would shrink her pupils.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 »
Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) (Prisoner)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A terrific thriller, both gripping and spell-binding, 2 August 2006
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

A surprisingly forgotten gem of a psychological thriller, Eyes of Laura Mars is a unique and sophisticated shocker that stands out from the normal variety of thrillers.

NYC fashion photographer is having visions where she sees through the eyes of the murderer that's targeting the people around her. But what will she do when she sees said murderer coming after her?

Eyes of Laura Mars was originally based upon a screenplay by master horror director John Carpenter, which isn't surprising considering just how imaginative and effectively frightening that this film comes off. Yet, Eyes' isn't just a terror film, it's also a film of intriguing mystery, sweeping romance, and well-rounded characters. All of this adds up to an enveloping story that's directed with flair and style by Irvin Kershner. The murder sequences pack plenty of tension, yet they aren't gory. The NYC filming locations are fantastic and allow for some truly breath taking cinematography. While the 70's fashions do date the film, they don't subtract from its over all impact. The soundtrack is composed of some great disco numbers, and the theme song by Barbara Streisand is stunningly good.

The cast is perhaps the best highlight of the film though. Star Faye Dunaway is excellent as always as our understandably disturbed heroine. Tommy Lee Jones is equally excellent as the police detective who falls in love with Dunaway. Rene Auberjonois is plucky as Dunaway's agent. Brad Dourif is good as the shifty-eyed driver, as is Raul Julia as Dunaway's wretched ex-husband.

Eyes of Laura Mars is on a level above the average terror film. It's not only thrilling, but strong enough to be emotionally devastating as well. Well worth finding for thriller and horror fans alike.

*** 1/2 out of ****

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