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

PG  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  April 1982 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thérèse Liotard ...
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 ...
Bernhard Wicki ...
Katherine's Dad (as Bernard Wicki)
Freddie Boardley ...
Limosine driver
Julian Hough ...
Young doctor
Peter Kelly ...
Boyd Nelson ...


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 <>

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


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Dedicated to Jacques Tourneur. See more »


Roddy: A toy to end all toys.
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Great flick, Romy Schneider's last film and Harvey Keitel is wonderful.
22 October 1999 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in May 1980, loved it, and immediately became a Harvey Keitel and Romy Schneider fan. I was shocked and saddened to read the next week in the newspaper that Romy Schneider had died suddenly. This was haunting -- especially since in this film she plays a woman who is dying and just wants to be left alone. Harvey Keitel plays a reporter working for a TV station who wants to up their ratings by filming raw drama. Harvey follows her, befriends her, and secretly films her on the run as she falls sicker and falls in love with Harvey. There are wonderful twists in the plot and technology ground breakers. Harvey has a camera lens implanted in his eye but the side effect is that he can never sleep. When I saw the Truman Show, it reminded me of this film from so long ago whose treatment of the subject matter (filming someone's life who is unaware of the fact) was such a new and exciting concept. Check this film out. You will not be disappointed!

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