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Eye of the Beholder (1999)

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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Eye
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Alexander Leonard
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Dr. Jeanne Brault
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Hilary
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Gary
Anne-Marie Brown ...
Lucy Wilson
Kaitlin Brown ...
Lucy Wilson
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Mickey Argyle
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Paul Hugo
Vlasta Vrana ...
Mr. Hugo Sr.
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Nathy
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Toohey
Maria Revelins ...
Ms. Keenan
Lisa Forget ...
Nurse
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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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Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality, language and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$16,459,004 (USA) (24 March 2000)
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Director Stephan Elliott fought the film's financier, Mark Damon, over the tone of the film. Elliott envisioned the film as a dark thriller with sex and random lashings of violence. Damon wanted a more A-to-B thriller that he could sell worldwide. Ironically, many of the Asian markets that bought the film wanted a sexier and more violent version of the film. See more »

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A Chicago policeman says he's with the Federal Police. The United States does not have a federal police force. See more »

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Hilary: God forbid you actually have to come out of your hole and talk like a real human being. It makes me wonder what you did before computers, detective.
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The final credit reads: "for ... hal, tex, francis, federico, hitch, chuck, walter, steven and jacques." See more »

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References The Conversation (1974) See more »

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Busker's Song
(The End of the World)
Performed by Dr. Robert
Produced by Marius De Vries
Saxophone by Oriol Singhji
Accordion by Marius De Vries
Guitar by Dr. Robert
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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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