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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
Vlasta Vrana ...
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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$16,459,004 (USA) (24 March 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Joanna: I have never been to Cleveland, and everybody looks like somebody else.
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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 »


Referenced in Killing Priscilla (2000) See more »


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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It's really good, but not in an ordinary way.
8 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a "film noir". That makes it different from most popular films. Don't watch it if you want laughs, or tears, but only if you want to leave it rather haunted by it. It will make you think. It will make you feel. I really like that. And I really liked the acting, directing, and the look of the picture. But most of all I liked the way it made me think and feel. Try it when you can give it the attention it deserves.

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