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Eye of the Beholder (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  28 January 2000 (USA)
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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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Dr. Jeanne Brault
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Gary
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Mickey Argyle
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Paul Hugo
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Janine Theriault ...
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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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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£103,455 (UK) (9 June 2000)

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£103,455 (UK) (9 June 2000)
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Director Stephan Elliott had originally envisioned an older woman to play Joanna Eris. However, after Ashley Judd campaigned for the part, he relented. See more »

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The Chicago Police cars are blue and white, not red and white, as depicted in the movie. See more »

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Lucy Wilson: So, like I said, if you like her so much, why don't you talk to her?
Stephen: I don't talk to anyone.
Lucy Wilson: You talk to me.
Stephen: You're not real.
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The main title of the film is a shot of Ewan McGregor's eye, with the words 'of the beholder' underneath it. See more »

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I Wish You Love
Written by Charles Trenet and Albert Beach
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Produced by Marius De Vries
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What a Brilliantly Surreal Film
3 February 2000 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

It's the films that get hardly no, or very little exposure in commercial advertising that usually strike you the most when you're sitting in a theatre of people, not knowing what to expect. This is much the case with this movie. It's a sort of David Cronenberg meets Roman Polanski type of film, mixed in with a bit of Stanley Kubrick. Needless to say, the movie is a surreal one, that incorporates a brilliant cast with an incredible script and wonderful artistic direction.

It's hard to say what the film is about, other than to suggest it's about obsession. That's the way I see it at least. The acting really brings out the reality of the film, and all I can say is Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd are just magical together in this film! K.D. Lang, well, I didn't really like her in the film at all; I felt her character didn't do much for the film.

If your kind of film is a dynamic, unpredictable, original and surrealistic film, then this one would be a good addition to your list of seen films. If not, and you prefer action-based films, then this movie could definitely hit it off. It has elements of almost all film genres, so everyone should go out and see it!


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