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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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Dr. Jeanne Brault
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Anne-Marie Brown ...
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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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28 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£103,455 (United Kingdom), 11 June 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,959,447, 30 January 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,459,004, 26 March 2000
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Alex: On the arms of a blind man is the safest place for a beautiful woman to be.
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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 Obsession (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

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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What a Brilliantly Surreal Film
3 February 2000 | by 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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