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Death Watch (1980)

La mort en direct (original title)
R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | April 1982 (USA)
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In a future where dying of illness is exceedingly rare, a terminally ill woman becomes a celebrity and a man with camera implants goes to secretly record her for a morbid TV show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thérèse Liotard ...
Gerald Mortenhoe (as Max Von Sydow)
Girl in the Bar
Dr.Mason (as William Russel)
Vadim Glowna ...
Katherine's Dad (as Bernard Wicki)
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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 television 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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April 1982 (USA)  »

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Vincent Ferriman: Look how shy we've become about death. It's the new pornography.
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References X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) See more »


For The Love Of The Golden City
Written by Antoine Duhamel, Produced by Gabriel Boustiani
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
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great film
26 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I don't know if it is on video, but I wish I could watch this film again, after 20 years the idea still feels fresh and alive. even though there is truman show, it is not even getting close to the greatness of this film. Today, I have told a writer who is working on a cyberfilm script, to go watch this film first. technology is only a tool (most scifi films tend to forget) in telling the story of 2 suffering souls. The humans are not lost behind the scifi gimmicks, the film is about us humans. watch this film, you really won't be disappoi

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