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Death Watch (1980)

La mort en direct (original title)
R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | April 1982 (USA)
Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run ... See full summary »

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Thérèse Liotard ...
Tracey
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Gerald Mortenhoe (as Max Von Sydow)
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Girl in the Bar
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Dr.Mason (as William Russel)
Vadim Glowna ...
Harry Graves
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Dr.Klausen
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Katherine's Dad (as Bernard Wicki)
Freddie Boardley ...
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Limosine driver
Julian Hough ...
Young doctor
Peter Kelly ...
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Boyd Nelson ...
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Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular TV series, "Death Watch"... Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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She's the target of every eye...including eyes only science could create.

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According to Bertrand Tavernier, the young boy playing football in the park sequence is David, Romy Schneider's son, who died by accident a couple of years later. See more »

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Vincent Ferriman: Look how shy we've become about death. It's the new pornography.
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Harvey Keitel wears a Seiko watch. See more »

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References The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »

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Robert De Beauleac's Lament
Written by Antoine Duhamel, Produced by Gabriel Boustiani
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
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Prescient dark film - how long 'til we're watching "Deathwatch"?
6 December 2003 | by (Boston, Mass.) – See all my reviews

This movie foretold the downside of the "reality TV" craze twenty years before it happened. Wonderful brooding cinematography around greater Glasgow at its most depressed. This is definitely a film which deserves to be in greater circulation and better known than it currently is. Romy Schneider's last film, ironically enough, and an excellent very real performance in a fairly artsy 70s vein. I should note I saw this in Glasgow some years ago, and it was the European cut, not what sounds to be a bowdlerized American version which misses some of the point.


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