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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Milich (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Sandor Szavost (as Sky Dumont)
Madison Eginton ...
Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris ...
Leslie Lowe ...
Illona Ziegler


A doctor becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter after his wife admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met and chastising him for dishonesty in not admitting to his own fantasies. This sets him off into unfulfilled encounters with a dead patient's daughter and a hooker. But when he visits a nightclub, where a pianist friend Nick Nightingale is playing, he learns about a secret sexual group and decides to attend one of their congregations. However, he quickly learns he is in well over his head and finds he and his family are threatened. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Cruise. Kidman. Kubrick.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

EWS  »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£5,065,520 (UK) (22 October 1999)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early on in production, Stanley Kubrick, a huge Woody Allen fan, considered casting him in the Victor Ziegler role eventually given to Sydney Pollack. He also considered casting Steve Martin as Bill Harford (Kubrick had greatly enjoyed The Jerk (1979)). See more »


When Dr. Bill arrives at the gate of the mansion, a red Mitsubishi Pajero SUV is clearly the only vehicle there. The man on the gate offers to run Bill up to the house, yet when Bill arrives at the door, the SUV has changed to a Jeep Cherokee of the same colour as the Pajero. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the staff of Hamleys of London. See more »


Referenced in Brooklyn's Finest (2009) See more »


Chanson d'Amour
Performed by The Victor Silvester Orchestra
Courtesy of Castle Copyrights Ltd
Written by Wayne Shanklin
Administered by Hill & Range Songs, Inc. & Carlin Music Corporation
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A haunting dream of sexual obsession.
18 July 1999 | by (New Holstein, WI) – See all my reviews

I admit that I'm part of the Kubrick cult(people that follow his movies like a religion), and I was first in line to see this movie. Being a huge movie fan I've seen a wide variety of movies, and have walked away from them with a wide variety of emotions. This was the first movie to put me in a trance, or dream, like state. The way the movie was shot, lighted, and so on gave the feel of a dream (to me at least). I believe that this feel is just what was needed and what Kubrick wanted. Everyone has to admit to thinking about the dark side of sex, and I believe that in this movie we see that a person can explore the buried desires of their sexual id and still come away a good person.

I'm guessing that this was a very personal movie for Kubrick. He seemed to take Cruise's character to places that he, personally, wished he could explore. Places, like a prostitute or an orgy, that he'd like to visit, but not want to stay at very long.

Praise has to go to Cruise and Kidman for their performances. Cruise was able to strip away his movie star veneer that seems to protect him in all of his other movies, and bring through the clouded, tormented, and unsure heart of a jealous man. Kidman must have known that part of her role was to be eye candy, but she fought through that and gave the movie's best performance.

To anyone out there thinking about seeing the movie.....I say go. Some will hate it and others will love it, but half the fun of the movie lies in the discussions that will blossom from this great movie experience.

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