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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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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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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

Burnsey's 35mm camera is either an Exakta V or VX. Those models were introduced in 1950 and 1951, respectively, and would not have been available during the 1940's. See more »

Quotes

Leon (Bernzy) Bernstein: Everybody loves to have their picture took. Everybody.
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Connections

References The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) 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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One of the best USA movie of the 1990's
27 November 1999 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful piece of work. The visual look of the movie is simply fantastic. But it should had been better if it was in black and white! In this case, Public Eye could be seen as a 1930's gangster movie. But the color of this movie looks like black and white. This film had anything I love about the Bogart, Robinson and Cagney movies. It's also give a chance to Joe Pesci to plays perhaps the role of his life. He's fabulous! Hard cigar smoking little guy ain't afraid of anything to have a good photography. He thinks big cities photos is art. He's also very moving, in the way Ernest Borgnine was in Marty, when he falls in love with wonderful Barbara Hershey. This is a great movie, one of the best American movie of the 1990's.


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