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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  16 July 1999 (USA)
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A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

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Madison Eginton ...
Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris ...
Roz
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Leslie Lowe ...
Illona Ziegler
Peter Benson ...
Bandleader
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Ziegler's Secretary
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Sandor Szavost (as Sky Dumont)
Louise J. Taylor ...
Gayle (as Louise Taylor)
Stewart Thorndike ...
Randall Paul ...
Harris
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Mandy
Lisa Leone ...
Lisa
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Sexual jolts disrupt Manhattan physician Bill Harford's equilibrium. At an elegant Christmas party, two "models" hit on him, he watches a Lothario try to pick up his tipsy wife, he aids a woman sprawled naked in a bathroom after an overdose. The next night, his wife reveals sexual fantasies with a stranger; a dead patient's daughter throws herself at him; as he walks, brooding, six teen boys hurl homophobic insults at him; a streetwalker takes him to her flat; he interrupts men having a sex party with a girl barely in her teens. His odyssey, which next takes him into a world of wealthy sex play at a masked ball of hedonism, threatens his life, his self-respect, and his marriage. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cruise. Kidman. Kubrick.


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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,189,672 (UK) (10 September 1999)

Gross:

£5,065,520 (UK) (22 October 1999)
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Trivia

In the film, Todd Field plays a character who dropped out of medical school ten years earlier and now plays the piano. Ten years before this film was released, Field played a pianist who dropped out of medical school in Gross Anatomy (1989) which starred Matthew Modine who played "Joker" in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

Goofs

In the mortuary scene, the attendant opens the drawer for Dr. Bill Harford to view the body. When the drawer slider comes to a halt, Mandy's breasts shake: the time line for rigor mortis would not allow this jiggling to occur. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Bill Harford: Honey, have you seen my wallet?
Alice Harford: Isn't it on the bedside table?
Dr. Bill Harford: Now listen, you know we're running a little late.
Alice Harford: I know. How do I look?
Dr. Bill Harford: Perfect.
Alice Harford: Is my hair okay?
Dr. Bill Harford: It's great
Alice Harford: You're not even looking at it.
Dr. Bill Harford: It's beautiful. You always look beautiful.
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Special thanks to the staff of Hamleys of London. See more »

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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Strangers in the Night
(1966)
Performed by Peter Hughes Orchestra
Music by Bert Kaempfert
Lyrics by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder
Published by MCA Music Publishing/Screen Gems-EMI Music
All rights controlled by MCA Music Publishing
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An impressive film with a bad marketing campaign
17 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Eyes Wide Shut is ill-suited for the summer movie corridor. It has no explosions, no running, shouting, or a single gunshot. What it has are long scenes in which characters talk to one another. Slowly and carefully. The problem is that the film is marketed as having white-hot sex scenes and plenty of gratuitous nudity, while it has neither. There is plenty of naked flesh, don't get me wrong, but in exactly the opposite way that the ads make it appear. This is not a movie about being sexy and naked -- it's a movie about how flesh is just another part of being human, so what is all the fuss about? The marketing campaign is misleading, and led to disappointment in the audience that I saw the movie with, who were just looking for some skin.

The tension in the plot and the issues that the film discusses aren't telegraphed to the audience, they're hinted at in the dialog. There is no neat resolution at the end, life simply goes on. You may watch the whole film and think "that wasn't about anything!" Then think about what you've seen and realize it has a great deal to say.

The film is a meditation on sexuality and how it relates to marriage, death, and money. It's a fascinating commentary on modern life, and a rare movie that dares to examine sex as impassionately as any other issue.

The directing and cinematography alone would be worth the price of admission without the social commentary. The sets are an integral part of the movie; they breathe and glow and live. Kubrick was a master director, and he uses long shots and dissolves to great effect. Cruise and Kidman are at their best, and the supporting cast is also strong. It's Kubrick's magic work with the camera that holds the film together.

All in all, definitely worth seeing for the un-uptight. It's possible to watch this film and actually think about it for hours afterward. That's something you won't get with the Wild, Wild West.


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