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The Public Eye (1992)

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Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and in not getting involved... until this time.

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Cast

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Officer O'Brien
Bryan Travis Smith ...
Young Cop
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Teen at Thompson Street
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Thompson Street Photographer
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Puerto Rican Woman
Chuck Gillespie ...
Cop at Puerto Rican Tenement
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Ambulance Attendant (as Christian Stolti)
Jack Denbo ...
Photo Editor
Ellen McElduff ...
Lonely Woman at Drugstore
Marge Kotlisky ...
Rineman's Receptionist
Timothy Hendrickson ...
Richard Rineman
Del Close ...
H.R. Rineman
Henry Bolzon ...
Cafe Society Photographer
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Danny the Doorman
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Storyline

Leon Bernstein is New York's best news photographer in 1942, equally at home with cops or crooks. The pictures are often of death and pain, but they are the ones the others wish they had got. Then glamorous Kay Levitz turns to him when the Mob seem to be muscling in on the club she owns due to some arrangement with her late husband. Bernstein, none too successful with women, agrees to help, saying there may be some good photos in it for him. In fact, he is falling in love with Kay. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Murder. Scandal. Crime. No matter what he was shooting, "The Great Bernzini" never took sides, he only took pictures... Except once. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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16 October 1992 (USA)  »

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$3,067,917 (USA)
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Trivia

The character of Bernzy was inspired by real-life photographer Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig, and some of Bernzy's photos are in fact Fellig's. See more »

Goofs

When Kay leafs through Bernstein' photo album, there is picture of a New York City taxi with a rectangular roof light which displays not only the word "Taxi" but also whether the taxi is off duty and its medallion number. Those signs did not come into service until the 1960s. In the 1940s, when the movie is set, New York City taxis used a variety of curved roof lights used in most other cities. See more »

Quotes

Leon (Bernzy) Bernstein: Nobody does what I do. Nobody.
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Connections

References Joy of Living (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Say No to a Soldier
(1942)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Sandy Hook Records
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I really like this film a lot.
22 March 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I first saw The Public Eye about ten years ago knowing nothing about it in advance. This movie has really stayed with me over the years. It's very rich in atmosphere and I really bought into the characters. The whole cast was strong and the writing was very good. I read one review that complained that the romance wasn't believable. On the surface that might be understandable but the quality of the acting and the writing completely erased the issue for me. The 1940's setting was portrayed very effectively and the music added so much to the story. The scene with Kay Levitz going through Bernzini's photo album was very moving and captured the whole story in a nutshell for me. I strongly recommend this forgotten gem.


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