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Death Watch (1980)
"La mort en direct" (original title)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  April 1982 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Thérèse Liotard ...
Tracey
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Gerald Mortenhoe (as Max Von Sydow)
Caroline Langrishe ...
Girl in the Bar
William Russell ...
Dr.Mason (as William Russel)
Vadim Glowna ...
Harry Graves
Eva Maria Meineke ...
Dr.Klausen
Bernhard Wicki ...
Katherine's Dad (as Bernard Wicki)
Freddie Boardley ...
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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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At one point of the film, the character played by Max von Sydow tells some historical facts about the Medieval French composer Robert De Bauleac while listening to one of his work on a record player. When the film was released, a good number of music lovers tried to get a copy of the very same record in specialized stores which could never provide any for a very good reason: Robert De Bauleac has never existed and the composition heard in the film is none other than Antoine Duhamel's work. However the concerned peace of music, "Robert De Bauleac's Lament", has been since available as part of the complete movie soundtrack. 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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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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