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Emma is a blind violinist who finally gets the opportunity to see. Meanwhile, a string of bizarre rapes and murders has taken place. All of the victims have had transplants within the last month. A coincidence, or is Emma next?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective John Hallstrom
Dr. Ryan Pierce
Lt. Mitchell
Officer Crowe
Anthony Cannata ...
Greg Noonan ...
Heather Schwartz ...
Young Emma
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Emma's Mother
Michael Stuart Kirkpatrick ...
Sean C. Cleland ...


Emma is an attractive girl in her 20s who has been blind for 20 years. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems: sometimes she doesn't "remember" what she's seen until later. One night she is awakened by a commotion upstairs. Peering out of her door, she sees a shadowy figure descending the stairs. Convinced that her neighbour has been murdered she approaches the police, only to find that she is unsure if it was just her new eyes playing tricks on her. Written by Murray Chapman <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What you can't see, can kill you. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassínio nas Trevas  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)


$16,696,219 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Julia Roberts passed on the lead role. See more »


Emma grabs a gun from the police car and fires off shots at her attacker. It is extremely unlikely that she has ever handled a gun before due to her blindness. Yet she handles the gun expertly, even managing to know that there is a safety catch and how to deactivate it. See more »


Mr. Tattersall: [grieving husband] What have you been doing down there? Why didn't you catch him? What have you been doing?
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Performed by The Drovers
Written by Michael Kirkpatrick
Additional Vocals by Chantal Wentworth
Courtesy of MNM4EVR Music and New Line Music Co.
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Good Thriller
6 February 1999 | by (Ipswich, UK) – See all my reviews

This film is among some of the best thrillers written with a good cast and a decent reason to doubt the main witness. Recommended!

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