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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After his wife Alice tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he he required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women areal young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there however he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. Written by garykmcd

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

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,706,163 (USA) (16 July 1999)

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

Eva Herzigova was offered the role of Mandy by Stanley Kubrick, but she refused because there were too many nude scenes and Kubrick didn't want to modify them. See more »

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When Bill and Victor talk by the pool table, Victor's glass changes positions. 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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Requiem K626, Rex Tremendae
(1791)
Performed by RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Uwe Gronostay
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
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Like all Kubrick, more than the sum of its parts.
17 July 1999 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

I admire the work of Stanley Kubrick very much. All his films remain in my mind with a vitality far beyond most of the other work I see, even though the details of the films are often boring or inscrutable.

Eyes Wide Shut is no exception - there were many times in the movie where I could find no meaning or interest in an individual moment, but the overall experience is a lingering one with a deep impact - maybe Kubrick works the magic of making the spectator really _feel_ the characters turmoil and inner struggles by including so much of the mundane and seemingly unrelated incidents of "real life".

A fine conclusion to an excellent career.

p.s., being in Canada I had to put up with the "edited" version, which was certainly not subtle in its censorship. Oddly enough the couple beside me walked out from boredom, not sexual squeamishness. Should have digitally added some gunfights.


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