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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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Joanna
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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
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Mr. Hugo Sr.
Janine Theriault ...
Nathy
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Toohey
Maria Revelins ...
Ms. Keenan
Lisa Forget ...
Nurse
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£103,455 (UK) (9 June 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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When the camera swings behind Stephen as he watches Joanna leave the hospital, there's a cigarette dangling form his lips, but when the camera changes immediately to a front shot, there is no cigarette. See more »

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[repeated line]
Joanna: Merry Christmas, Daddy.
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At the start of the movie the following appears on screen: "Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him." - Henry Miller "The Wisdom of the Heart" See more »

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References Obsession (1976) 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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Glad I didn't read the reviews first.
16 September 2004 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

It always amazes me how two people can see the same movie and come away with totally opposing opinions of it.

I ran across Eye of the Beholder (1999) this evening on TNT totally by accident - and couldn't stop watching it. A combination of atmosphere and acting got my attention immediately. The plot is definitely unusual

  • a bit convoluted - but held my attention like no movie since Memento


(2000) has.

This movie is obviously not for everyone - just look at the other reviews both by IMDb users and other external reviews. But by no means is it as bad as some will have you believe. Watch it with an open mind
  • it may surprise you.



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