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Eye of the Beholder -- A reclusive surveillance expert (Ewan McGregor) is hired to spy on a mysterious blackmailer (AshleyJudd), who just may be a serial killer. Directed by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).
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Eye of the Beholder -- A nameless private eye (Ewan McGregor) shadows the same woman (who happens to be a serial killer of men) all over the U.S. for 10 + years, without her ever knowing and he strangely enough occasionally acts as her guardian angel.


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Ewan McGregor ... Eye

Ashley Judd ... Joanna

Patrick Bergin ... Alexander Leonard

Geneviève Bujold ... Dr. Jeanne Brault

k.d. lang ... Hilary

Jason Priestley ... Gary
Anne-Marie Brown ... Lucy Wilson
Kaitlin Brown ... Lucy Wilson

David Nerman ... Mickey Argyle

Steven McCarthy ... Paul Hugo

Vlasta Vrana ... Mr. Hugo Sr.
Janine Theriault ... Nathy

Don Jordan ... Toohey
Maria Revelins ... Ms. Keenan
Lisa Forget ... Nurse
Gayle Garfinkle ... Head Waitress

Russell Yuen ... Federal Agent #1
Stephane Levasseur ... Federal Agent #2
Al Vandecruys ... Alaskan Federal Agent #1
Sam Stone ... Alaskan Federal Agent #2
Mauro Venditelli ... Boss
Josa Maule ... Receptionist
Carole Collin ... Secretary
Stephanie Sbrega ... Sandra
Philip Le Maistre ... Gas Attendant
Michel Perron ... Fat Businessman
Maria Bircher ... Waitress
Howard Bilerman ... Waiter
Cara Reynolds ... Young Joanna Eris

Leonard Farlinger ... Young Joanna's Father
Jason Baerg ... Gay Man
Michelle Sweeney ... Salvo
Donovan Reiter ... Local #1
Amanda Davis ... Girl

Carl Crevier ... Roy the Chauffeur
Erwin Goldberg ... Doctor (as Dr. Erwin Goldberg)

Garth Gilker ... Airport Guard
James Hieminga ... Wade
Robert Brewster ... Det. James Cross (as Bob Brewster)

Charles Edwin Powell ... Owen the Prisoner (scenes deleted) (as Charles Powell)
Thomas Karle ... Fat Man
Louis Negin ... Bartender
Al Clark ... Redneck
Una Kay ... Hilary's Mother
Merlee Shapiro ... Reva, Desk Clerk
Vera Miller ... Tea Trolley Lady #1
Nadia Rona ... Tea Trolley Lady #2
Erik Johnson ... Local #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Teodoro ... Hotel Doorman (scenes deleted)

Mike Azevedo ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephan Elliott 
Writing credits
Marc Behm (novel)

Stephan Elliott (screenplay)

Produced by
Manon Bougie .... line producer
Al Clark .... co-producer
Nicolas Clermont .... producer
Mark Damon .... executive producer
Charles Gassot .... associate producer
Jacqueline George .... line producer
Grant Lee .... associate producer
Hilary Shor .... executive producer
Tony Smith .... producer
Original Music by
Marius De Vries 
Cinematography by
Guy Dufaux (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sue Blainey 
Casting by
Vera Miller 
Nadia Rona 
Production Design by
Jean-Baptiste Tard 
Art Direction by
Réal Proulx 
Set Decoration by
Guy Blouin 
Suzanne Cloutier 
Sylvie Desmarais 
Martine Giguère-Kazemirchuk 
Costume Design by
Lizzy Gardiner 
Makeup Department
Marie-France Cardinal .... key hair stylist
Claudette B. Casavant .... makeup artist
Mélina Di Christo .... makeup artist
Francine Gagnon .... key makeup artist
Linda Gordon .... hair stylist
Richard Hansen .... wig master
Candace Neal .... wig consultant
Ashlee Petersen .... makeup consultant
Production Management
Adam Bardach .... unit production manager
George Jardon .... post-production supervisor
Gilles Perreault .... unit manager
Frederic Pichette .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bobbie Blyle .... assistant director: second unit
Carl DeStardins .... second assistant director
Trent Hurry .... third assistant director
Jennifer Jonas .... first assistant director
Jordan Waugh .... second unit trainee assistant director
Art Department
Michel Brochu .... construction supervisor
Jean-Andre Carriere .... assistant art director
Stephen Craig .... scenic painter
Michèle Forest .... key decorator
Emmanuel Frechette .... assistant art director
Suzanne Labrecque .... art department coordinator
Eric Lafrance .... carpenter
Étienne Lapointe-Proulx .... property master
Blaise Lefebvre .... assistant property master
Nadine Petit Clerc .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Monique Bisson .... assistant dialogue editor
Jo Caron .... adr recordist
Jo Caron .... foley recordist
Martin Cazes .... studio coordinator
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist
Nicolas Gagnon .... foley assistant
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Kirby Jinnah .... adr supervisor: Vancouver
Scott Jones .... adr mixer
Scott Jones .... adr recordist
Claude La Haye .... sound mixer
Benoit Leduc .... foley recordist
Dominik Pagacz .... sound effects assistant editor
Viateur Paiement .... adr supervisor
Viateur Paiement .... supervising sound editor
Guy Pelletier .... dialogue editor
Martin Pinsonnault .... sound designer
Martin Pinsonnault .... sound effects editor
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator
Victoria Rose Sampson .... adr supervisor (as Vicky Sampson)
Jean-Philippe Savard .... sound effects assistant editor (as Jean Philippe Savard)
Tony V. Stevens .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Willis .... assistant dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Thierry Craig .... special effects technician
Pierre Côté .... special effects technician
André Laforest .... special effects technician
Jacques Langlois .... special effects supervisor
Philippe Roberge .... special effects technician
Martin Williams .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Michel Barrière .... digital compositor: Hybride
Louise Bertrand .... digital visual effects production manager
Marie-Pierre Bouchard .... administration: Hybride
Benoît Brière .... video editor: Hybride (as Benoit Brière)
Nicolas Cotta .... digital compositor: Hybride
Thierry Delattre .... digital compositor
Luc Desmarais .... computer system support: Hybride
Anouk Deveault-Moreau .... visual effects coordinator: Hybride
George Jardon .... visual effects supervisor
François Lambert .... digital compositor: Hybride
Daniel Leduc .... digital visual effects designer
Daniel Leduc .... visual effects supervisor
Patrick Legault .... computer system support: Hybride
Charles Marchand .... digital effects artist
Sébastien Moreau .... digital compositor
Michel Murdock .... visual effects financial controller: Hybride
Pierre Raymond .... digital visual effects producer
Strad .... digital compositor: Hybride
Stéphane Stradella .... digital compositor
Andy Bradshaw .... stunt teenager 2
Jason Cavalier .... stunt teenager 1
Marc Désourdy .... stunt double: Eye
Tom Farr .... stunt double: Eye
Jean Frenette .... stunt double: janitor
Ben Gauthier .... stunt double: Joanna
Gilbert Larose Jr. .... stunt double: Chauffeur
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt double: Joanna
David McKeown .... stunt double: Joanna
Michael Scherer .... stunt driver
John Walsh .... stunt truck driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Bernier .... focus puller
Yvan Brunet .... second assistant camera
Christian Chabot .... best boy electric
François Daignault .... Steadicam operator
François Daignault .... second camera operator
Sylvaine Dufaux .... additional camera operator
Jacques Fortier .... gaffer
Alain Gagnon .... video technician
Mike Gentile .... second assistant camera: second unit
Catherine Giguère .... clapper loader (as Katerine Giguere)
Serge Grenier .... key grip
Robert Guertin .... second camera operator
Corinne Joudiou .... second assistant camera
Denis Lamothe .... additional electric
Guy Lepine .... best boy electric
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky .... camera operator
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky .... director of photography: second unit
Dany Racine .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jocelyn Simard .... second assistant camera
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
André Tisseur .... best boy grip
David Uloth .... crane operator
Steven J. Winslow .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Casting Department
Rosina Bucci .... additional casting
Mali Finn .... casting: USA
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brett Cooper .... assistant costume designer
André Valade .... key dresser
Editorial Department
Claudine Blain .... negative cutter
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist
Marc Lussier .... colorist
Isabelle Malenfant .... assistant editor
Andrew Yuncken .... assistant editor (assistant editor)
Vladimir Zabransky .... color timer
Music Department
Pete Davis .... music programmer
Felicity De Vries .... music coordinator
Marius De Vries .... music programmer
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Dina Eaton .... music editor
Chris Elliott .... conductor
Chris Elliott .... orchestrator: songs
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Hannah Joseph .... music coordinator
Steve Sidelnyk .... music programmer
Jules Singleton .... orchestra leader
Alexis Smith .... music programmer
Transportation Department
Pierre Guay .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Paul Barette .... weapons wrangler
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Maggy Belzile .... assistant accountant
Kamel Benameur .... assistant accountant
Anita Bensabat .... location manager
Jimmy Bridges .... adr voice
Chris Chrisafis .... production executive
Lise Dagenais .... title designer: end titles
Alain Dahan .... assistant locations
Suzanne De Carufel .... location manager
Raymond Ducasse .... animal wrangler
Sylvie Dufour .... assistant location manager
Louise Dupré .... assistant accountant
Ida Durand .... production secretary
Bram Eisenthal .... unit publicist
François Fauteux .... location manager
Isabelle Gendron .... stand-in: Ms. Judd
Joy Gilbert .... post-production accountant
Hélène Grimard .... production accountant (as Hélène Gallizzi)
James Hieminga .... stand-in: Mr. McGregor
Renée Hébert .... assistant: Mr. Clermont
Karen Jones .... personal assistant: Ashley Judd
Marie La Haye .... continuity
Christian Labrie .... weapons wrangler
Pascale Marcotte .... personal assistant: Ashley Judd
Hélène Muller .... production coordinator (as Helene Muller)
Hélène Muller .... production coordinator
Guylaine O'Reilly .... assistant accountant
Jean Poirier .... location scout
Brent Radford .... weapons handler
Sylvie Talbot .... title designer
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Julia Alexander .... production executive (uncredited)
Judy Sharinger .... completion and delivery supervisor (uncredited)

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Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality, language and brief drug content
109 min
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Did You Know?

In official selection at the 1999 Venice Film Festival, the film would later become the #1 film at the American Box Office in its opening week in January 2000.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Alex:On the arms of a blind man is the safest place for a beautiful woman to be.See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
an interesting failure, 21 January 2003
Author: Dierdre99

Despite over 300 comments, some people are still posting saying that it was beyond them and what do the rest of us see in it. Those naysayers should actually read the posted comments.

I watched the film twice, read Marc Behm's book and then watched it again. I would like to see the original film version, 'Mortelle randonnée'(1983) (it has a really good soundtrack album by Carla Bley), but so far have not found a video-rental shop that has a copy. Like the director, Stephan Elliott's major film, 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', 'Eye of the Beholder' is a road movie about eccentrics, one of whom is into wigs and changing her appearance. Like Marc Behm's script for 'Charade'(1963) it is about a spook who is looking after a young woman who doesn't really know what is going on. I can't think of any parallels with Marc Behm's Beatles film 'Help!'(1965). Actually Behm has 13 IMDB credits, and most of them are difficult to find. As are his other novels.

The major improvement over the book is the addition of the hi-tech snooping equipment. The book's Eye is an old-fashioned gumshoe who simply looks though bedroom windows and the like. Also the making the lost daughter's ghost more solid is an interesting effect. We don't have to know that the girl is dead to think of the image of her as a ghost. I didn't notice that she is played by two actors. The problem is that Ewan McGregor is too young for the role. At the end of the book he dies of old age. I think that the book captures his slipping into obsession better, and part of the picture is that Joanna Eris is about the age that his daughter would have been. A side-effect of his computer tools etc, is that it becomes more unlikely that he would not be able to find his ex-wife and daughter. But as the film makes him a Brit in the States, they would be back in Britain.

Obviously the script had to drop a lot of the incidents in the book. In the film it is extremely implausible that he is able to get a room next to Joanna in the New York hotel. In the book he tails her for several months through a few murders, which would give him a chance to take a sublet in the building.

The rich blind man is called 'Forbes' in the book. Given the real-life family of that name, it was probably best to change it.

In the book the scene where Joanne is identified in the restaurant where she is working, takes place in New Jersey. In the film it is said to be Alaska, although we know that it is somewhere in Quebec. Why didn't the film say that it was Quebec. Then the crew would not have to work so hard hiding all the French signs. I presume that in 'Mortelle randonnée' all the places were changed to places in France (where apparently Marc Behm lives).

An ironic detail. The book has several cross-dressing incidents: the Eye does nanny-drag to continue his surveillance; Joanna and a woman friend not in the book do male drag to rob banks and filling-stations, and the Jason Priestley character, Gary, is a cross-dressing fetishist. I suppose that the director of Priscilla feels that he has done the topic.

I would have liked the film to have kept the incidents where Joanna almost recognizes the Eye, including the time when she hires a detective to capture him.

The film has a lot more in it than most thrillers. It avoids the cliches, challenges the viewer, but doesn't really gel. There are too many nagging questions afterwards.

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