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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 overview, first billed only:
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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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No matter what he was shooting, he never got involved -- except once. See more »


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

Also Known As:

A Testemunha Ocular  »

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$3,067,917 (USA)
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Trivia

Jerry Goldsmith wrote and recorded a score for this film, which was ultimately not used. 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: Everybody loves to have their picture took. Everybody.
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Connections

References Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936) See more »

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Embraceable You
(1928, first published 1930)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Roy Eldridge
Courtesy of MCA Records
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One of my all-time Favorites ...
25 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'The Public Eye' has been one of my favorites since I first saw it ... my personal interest in Black & White photography initially attracted me to it, but, after watching it several times, I have really come to admire the great 'feel' of the film ... the sets are authentic-appearing, lots of attention to detail, they even got the camera and props right ... any fan of film-noir, and period pieces, should love this one ... excellent acting all-around ... Pesci's character comes across as 'real', to me, a very believable portrayal, definitely one of his top performances ... there should have been some Academy Award nominations for this one, in my opinion ... it's a shame 'The Public Eye' hasn't made it to DVD, and been promoted more ... I've always been curious as to Pesci's opinion of this film ... ?


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