Eye of the Beholder (1999)

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A private eye shadows a female serial killer of men all over the U.S. without her knowing as he, strangely enough, occasionally acts as her guardian angel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Leonard
Dr. Jeanne Brault
Anne-Marie Brown ...
Lucy Wilson
Kaitlin Brown ...
Lucy Wilson
Mickey Argyle
Paul Hugo
Mr. Hugo Sr.
Janine Theriault ...
Maria Revelins ...
Ms. Keenan
Lisa Forget ...


British Consulate investigator Det. Stephen Wilson, a.k.a. the Eye, comes across a disturbed lady serial-killer while on an otherwise mundane assignment. Already a bit psychologically fragile from his wife's abrupt removal of herself and their daughter from his life (with the lingering memory of his daughter haunting him like a manifest ghost), his psychosis as a displaced dad dovetails with the femme fatale's psychosis as an abandoned daughter (crying "Merry Christmas, Daddy" over her expired victims). A bond forms, or, rather, an obsession, as the Eye abandons his job to secretively stalk this mysterious woman full-time as she visits many major U.S. cities under various names, leaving numerous victims. Written by statmanjeff

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Obsession is in the eye of the beholder.

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Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality, language and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Voyeur  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,959,447 (USA) (28 January 2000)


£103,455 (UK) (9 June 2000)

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Did You Know?


The director originally wanted Massive Attack to do the music for the film, but the group had broken up by the time the film was ready for scoring. See more »


The fold, in the photo of the Eye's daughter, moves around when we see it in close-ups. See more »


[repeated line]
Joanna: Merry Christmas, Daddy.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, we see a statue of an angel with the sun setting in the sky in the background. See more »


Features The Wasp Woman (1959) See more »


Home of the Whale
Words and Music Written by Owen Hand
Courtesy of Logo Songs Limited
Produced by Marius De Vries
Performed by Caroline Lavelle
Programming by Marius De Vries, Pete Davis, Alexis Smith
Cello by Caroline Lavelle
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Flawed But Visually-Audibly Entertaining
22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's an extremely stylish, different film panned by almost all the professional critics which means here's another example of why they should be ignored. You are better off reading the reviews of people here,

Being one who appreciates stylish film-making, I thoroughly enjoyed the images and the sound on this movie. I found it absolutely fascinating. Being a male, it doesn't hurt that Ashley Judd stars in it, either.

To be fair, I can see where the story would turn off a number of people.The co- lead, Ewan McGregory's character, is odd and not very credible. k.d. lang's character is unlikable, there is some stupid numerology as part of the story and the ending is unsatisfying .

Yet, despite the above, the story is very involving and the visuals and sound (5.1 surround) are just so good that they outweigh the negatives. The movie flat-out entertains, which is the name of the game.

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