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White of the Eye (1987)

 -  Thriller  -  20 May 1988 (USA)
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Cast

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Paul White
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Joan White
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Mike Desantos
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Detective Charles Mendoza
Michael Greene ...
Phil Ross
Danielle Smith ...
Danielle White
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Ann Mason
William G. Schilling ...
Harold Gideon
David Chow ...
Fred Hoy
Marc Hayashi ...
Stu
Mimi Lieber ...
Liza Manchester
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Caryanne (as Pamela Seamon)
Bob Zache ...
Lucas Herman
Danko Gurovich ...
Arnold White
China Kong ...
Ruby Hoy (as China Cammell)
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In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in their homes. As he desperately tries to prove his innocence, his young wife starts to uncover mysteries of her own... Written by Anonymous

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20 May 1988 (USA)  »

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$225,132 (USA)
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Donald Cammell, fascinated by Apache legends, came up with the film's title: the phrase "white of the eye" described those who look too closely into the eye of violence and how being a witness leaves a mark upon the viewer. See more »

Goofs

The Detective says to Paul that they know of four people who have bought tires with tracks matching those at a murder scene and Paul is one of them. Paul then asks "What about those other four?" when he should say "What about those other three?" See more »

Quotes

Joan White: Ten years gone with the wind. Heads I hit Malibu Beach before Christmas.
Detective Charles Mendoza: What's ten years when you're in love?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credit montage the films title dissolves in from a negative image of a sun glare. See more »

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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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A Country Boy Can Survive
by Hank Williams Jr.
Written by Hank Williams Jr. (uncredited)
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Now it turns. Now it is looking at her. The Apaches had a name for it. White of the Eye.
12 August 1998 | by (Preston, England) – See all my reviews

The late Donald Cammel, the co-director of performance, brings his talents to his own serial killer script. The plot is basic: a relatively obvious murder whodunnit with overtones of mysticism which don't work. The acting is reasonable; credible but not a stretch but what really makes the film worth watching is the directorial stylistic oddities. This wouldn't be particularly notable were it not for the director's quirkiness. There are some marvelous set-pieces of violence highly reminiscent of the somewhat similarly disturbed Dario Argento (especially the opening murder). The title refers to an old apache legend about the nature of violence and those who look into the abyss of violence and eye close ups (another Argento favorite) are so recurrent throughout the film that they become boring.

The final reel has to be seen to be believed, ranging from classic "Stepfather" (Joe Ruben) scare tactics to an utterly bonkers denouement which, I suppose, is in keeping with the erratic hit and miss mysticism of the film.


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