The Public Eye (1992)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  16 October 1992 (USA)
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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:
Officer O'Brien
Bryan Travis Smith ...
Young Cop
Teen at Thompson Street
Thompson Street Photographer
Puerto Rican Woman
Chuck Gillespie ...
Cop at Puerto Rican Tenement
Ambulance Attendant (as Christian Stolti)
Jack Denbo ...
Photo Editor
Ellen McElduff ...
Lonely Woman at Drugstore
Marge Kotlisky ...
Rineman's Receptionist
Timothy Hendrickson ...
Richard Rineman
H.R. Rineman
Henry Bolzon ...
Cafe Society Photographer
Danny the Doorman


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 <>

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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 »




Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Testemunha Ocular  »

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$3,067,917 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Leon (Bernzy) Bernstein: Nobody does what I do. Nobody.
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Referenced in Dave's World: The Insecurity System (1993) See more »


You Can't Say No to a Soldier
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Sandy Hook Records
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A Surprise Winner
5 August 2002 | by (Hopkins, Missouri) – See all my reviews

I picked this up at the local grocery never having heard about it before, I thought it was a comedy, it is not. Joe Pesci scores one for the little guy that nobody likes in a big way. There is one confusing thing however. Was that Walter Winchell he was supposed to be friends with? That part confused me. There was also something said about the American mob families working with the Italian mob families to overthrow Italy in the movie era 1942. Was that true? Over all I really enjoyed it and for once could not predict the outcome. If you want something a little different, this is it.

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