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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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According to Cathy Moriarty, Donald Cammell was so attentive to the dialogue that neither her or David Keith were allowed to ad-lib during their scenes. Moriarty has spoken of the difficulty she had with this at first, as it was the first time ever that a director hadn't allowed her to improvise. See more »

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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 »

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Mike Desantos: Because you can't change a channel, man. Future or past.
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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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Slim Jenkins Joint
by Booker T. Jones
Written by Al Jackson Jr. (uncredited), Booker T. Jones (uncredited), Donald Dunn (uncredited) and Steve Cropper (uncredited)
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A truly brilliant thriller!
15 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Shamefully neglected thriller from director Donald Cammell is an outstanding and disturbing character study!

Arizonia family man becomes the chief suspect when some local women are violently murdered, but is this charming man the real killer?

White of the Eye is a bizarre trip of a thriller that's quite unlike any other film of the thriller/horror genre. Director Donald Cammell gives this film such incredible and dazzling style that one almost becomes hypnotized at times. It's a must-see for those who enjoy art house films. Cammell has a terrific talent for inventive cinematography and well uses the parched filming locations of Globe, Arizona. A nicely atmospheric music score also helps to set up the rather primitive-like setting of the film. Cammell also sets up some truly frightening and creative murder sequences. The story, based upon Margaret Tracy's novel Mrs. White, is a strangely compelling mystery with some great turns and taught suspense. Its a well-paced shocker that escalates to tremendous tension and a excellently executed finale.

The films stars are another true highlight. Heroine Cathy Moriarty does a genuinely believable performance as the troubled housewife. Greatest of all though is David Keith. Keith does perhaps his all-time best role with this film. He comes off in a wonderfully charming, and oddly erotic, light. Yet he's also nicely dynamic and manages to turn what could have been a clichéd or over-the-top character into a convincing human. Hollywood needs more David Keiths!

Why such an intelligent and finely-made suspense film never became a recognizable classic is simply beyond me. White of the Eye is a completely unique, engulfing, and haunting film. For those who are seeking a 'lost' classic, this film is a TRUE lost classic.

**** out of ****


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