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White of the Eye (1987)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul White
Joan White
Mike Desantos
Detective Charles Mendoza
Michael Greene ...
Phil Ross
Danielle Smith ...
Danielle White
Ann Mason
Harold Gideon
David Chow ...
Fred Hoy
Marc Hayashi ...
Mimi Lieber ...
Liza Manchester
Caryanne (as Pamela Seamon)
Bob Zache ...
Lucas Herman
Danko Gurovich ...
Arnold White
China Kong ...
Ruby Hoy (as China Cammell)


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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Release Date:

20 May 1988 (USA)  »

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White of the Eye  »

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$225,132 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When the movie was threatened with an X-rating, Marlon Brando, a close friend of director Donald Cammell, wrote a lengthy appeal to MPAA to bring it down to R. See more »


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 »


Joan White: Paul, I, er, I found something in the bathroom.
Paul White: Oh, yeah, what?
Joan White: Behind the tub in there?
Paul White: Oh, that. Yeah, I was going to talk to you about that. Um, I hid it in there, you know, I didn't want Danielle getting into a lot of chemicals and stuff. You can't hide anything in this house, can you?
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In the opening credit montage the films title dissolves in from a negative image of a sun glare. See more »


Featured in Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (1998) See more »


A Country Boy Can Survive
by Hank Williams Jr.
Written by Hank Williams Jr. (uncredited)
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initially interesting, but ultimately disappointing
10 June 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Right near the opening, there's a very brutal and stylized murder of a woman (and her goldfish). The police identify an Indian-style compass made out of objects on a counter. This type of compass of colored objects, and an actual compass recur several times throughout the movie, but to what purpose, I don't know.

A man who makes custom sound systems for people lives with his wife and daughter. She had been traveling from New York City to Los Angeles with her boyfriend, but they stopped in Arizona to repair his stereo after she ruined it in a fit of anger. That's when she met the sound guy, and she left her boyfriend for him.

The sound guy's van's treads match those of the killer, though there's at least forty others with the same kind.

The movie is pretty well-made, and well-acted until towards then end when it gets pretty outrageous after the killer is identified. In a real groaner of a scene, someone comes out of nowhere to try to save the day. And then what happens to the killer is downright ridiculous.

I saw this on a pan & scan videotape. Given the director's artistic bent and the Arizona setting, widescreen would definitely be an improvement. Evidently about ten minutes were cut from the film to get an R rating (the MPAA is criminally insane), so perhaps an uncut version would be an improvement. Interesting film, disappointing final reel. Critic Steven Jay Schneider has a long article about the movie and director (see external reviews) that is worth reading.

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