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Eye for an Eye (1996)

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Karen McCann's eldest daughter is raped and murdered whilst on the phone with her. When the case against Robert Doob, the perpetrator, is dismissed because of a technicality, she starts ... See full summary »

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Karen McCann's eldest daughter is raped and murdered whilst on the phone with her. When the case against Robert Doob, the perpetrator, is dismissed because of a technicality, she starts following him and sees how he checks out his next victim, a woman he delivers groceries to. She tells the police, but is only warned she must stop following Doob. When she tries to warn the woman, she is shooed out of the house. Doob, having found out that Karen is following him, threatens to do something to her youngest daughter. She then seeks help from a group of vigilantes connected to a support group, in order to shoot Doob. However, a friend from the support group turns out to be an FBI agent investigating the very vigilante activity Karen is involved in and warns her that she will go to jail for the rest of her life unless it is self-defense. In the meantime, tension grows between Karen and her husband Mack, because he finds out she has secretly been taking self-defense classes and has been ... Written by gerd86

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What do you do when justice fails?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and disturbing violence which includes rape | See all certifications »

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12 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ojo por ojo  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$53,146,000 (USA)
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When Karen follows Robert making his grocery delivery, a man is seen in a telephone booth not speaking in English. This man is playfully swearing in Korean on the phone. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, after Karen has shot Robert Doob and the police are there, her husband enters the house and sees Robert Doob, dead on the floor being zipped in a black body bag with a white sheet over him. A few seconds later, you see Karen and her husband sitting on the couch, consoling each other and in the background a body is being wheeled out on a stretcher with only a white sheet draped over it. See more »

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Karen McCann: And you can't catch him! You can't punish him! You can't protect anyone else! You're completely USELESS!
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Features Muppet Babies (1984) See more »

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Concerto In G Minor For Violin And Oboe
By Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Suk Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy of Supraphon Records
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Sally Field takes revenge on Kiefer Sutherland
22 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Eye for an Eye" gives us just what it says, but in a dramatic, not exploitative, way. Kiefer Sutherland rapes and kills Sally Field's and Ed Harris's daughter, and then he slips through a poor court system, free to rape and kill again. Detective Joe Mantegna gets him into court, but he gets off on a legal technicality.

The story has at least one strong plot twist, realistic but also unexpected.

Field's part is written fully, showing her changes in psychology after the event. Harris tries to keep her on the straight and narrow. It's hard, very hard. This good writing of the effects on the characters makes the story much better drama than most such stories.

Sutherland's character and his acting are outstanding. I was wondering how he does it. Did his dad teach him how? Remember that Donald could and did play some bad villains.

But I'd add that the veteran director John Schlesinger should get a lot of credit. There were certain wordless scenes of movement, showing Sutherland, that added a huge amount to his characterization. There is one brief shot of him walking in which his silhouette is totally dark against surrounding light that was very effective. Another shows him straddling a balcony as if he owned the world and everyone in it. And there are others, including his crimes and his life, as he looks for victims, plus his behavior in court.

When you add up what you see on the screen here, you get a carefully and professionally done movie that is coherent, satisfying and holds up over time.


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