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Eyes Wide Shut -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
16 July 1999 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Cruise. Kidman. Kubrick.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Remarkable finale to a long, glorious career See more (1470 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Dr. William Harford

Nicole Kidman ... Alice Harford

Sydney Pollack ... Victor Ziegler
Marie Richardson ... Marion

Rade Serbedzija ... Milich (as Rade Sherbedgia)

Todd Field ... Nick Nightingale

Vinessa Shaw ... Domino

Sky du Mont ... Sandor Szavost (as Sky Dumont)

Fay Masterson ... Sally

Leelee Sobieski ... Milich's Daughter

Thomas Gibson ... Carl
Madison Eginton ... Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris ... Roz
Leslie Lowe ... Illona Ziegler

Peter Benson ... Bandleader

Michael Doven ... Ziegler's Secretary
Louise J. Taylor ... Gayle (as Louise Taylor)
Stewart Thorndike ... Nuala
Randall Paul ... Harris

Julienne Davis ... Mandy
Lisa Leone ... Lisa
Kevin Connealy ... Lou Nathanson
Mariana Hewett ... Rosa
Dan Rollman ... Rowdy College Kid
Gavin Parry ... Rowdy College Kid
Chris Pare ... Rowdy College Kid
Adam Lias ... Rowdy College Kid
Christian Clarke ... Rowdy College Kid
Kyle Whitcombe ... Rowdy College Kid
Gary Goba ... Naval Officer
Florian Windorfer ... Café Sonata Maître D'

Togo Igawa ... Japanese Man #1
Eiji Kusuhara ... Japanese Man #2

Sam Douglas ... Cab Driver

Angus MacInnes ... Gateman #1
Abigail Good ... Masked Party Principal / Mysterious Woman

Brian W. Cook ... Tall Butler

Alan Cumming ... Desk Clerk

Leon Vitali ... Red Cloak
Carmela Marner ... Waitress at Gillespie's
Phil Davies ... Stalker

Cindy Dolenc ... Girl at Sharky's
Clark Hayes ... Hospital Receptionist

Treva Etienne ... Morgue Orderly
Colin Angus ... Masked Party Principal
Karla Ashley ... Masked Party Principal
Kate Charman ... Masked Party Principal (as Kathryn Charman)
James Demaria ... Masked Party Principal
Anthony Desergio ... Masked Party Principal
Janie Dickens ... Masked Party Principal
Laura Fallace ... Masked Party Principal
Vanessa Fenton ... Masked Party Principal
Georgina Finch ... Masked Party Principal
Peter Godwin ... Masked Party Principal
Joanna Heath ... Masked Party Principal
Lee Henshaw ... Masked Party Principal
Ateeka Poole ... Masked Party Principal
Adam Pudney ... Masked Party Principal
Sharon Quinn ... Masked Party Principal
Ben De Saumserez ... Masked Party Principal (as Ben De Sausmarez)
Emma Lou Sharratt ... Masked Party Principal
Paul Spelling ... Masked Party Principal
Matthew Thompson ... Masked Party Principal
Dan Travers ... Masked Party Principal
Russell Trigg ... Masked Party Principal
Kate Whalin ... Masked Party Principal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emilio D'Alessandro ... Man at Newsstand (uncredited)
Donna Ewin ... Masked Buxom Girl (uncredited)

Tres Hanley ... Coffee Shop Manager (uncredited)
Sam Heydon ... Masked Party Principal (uncredited)
Alex Hobbs ... Boy in Examination Room (uncredited)
Christiane Kubrick ... Woman Sitting Behind Dr. Harford at Café Sonata (uncredited)
Katharina Kubrick ... Mother of Boy in Examination Room (uncredited)

Stanley Kubrick ... Bearded Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Kurt Leitner ... Masked Party Stud (uncredited)

Taylor Murphy ... Masked Party Principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) and
Frederic Raphael (screenplay)

Arthur Schnitzler (inspired by the novel by)

Produced by
Brian W. Cook .... co-producer
Jan Harlan .... executive producer
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
 
Film Editing by
Nigel Galt 
 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Leon Vitali 
 
Production Design by
Leslie Tomkins  (as Les Tomkins)
Roy Walker 
 
Art Direction by
John Fenner 
Kevin Phipps (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Leone 
Terry Wells  (as Terry Wells Sr.)
 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
 
Makeup Department
Robert McCann .... makeup artist
Kerry Warn .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Margaret Adams .... production manager
Lisa Leone .... production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director
Rhun Francis .... third assistant director
Becky Hunt .... third assistant director
Adrian Toynton .... second assistant director
Michael Neumann .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ian Stone .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ken Bacon .... property storeman
Sophie Batsford .... production buyer
Jon Billington .... draughtsperson
Mark Buck .... plasterer
Steve Clarke .... stand-by painter (as Steve Clark)
Stephen Dobric .... draughtsperson
Martin Duffy .... carpenter
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Roy Hansford .... stand-by carpenter
Samantha Jones .... art department assistant
Michael King .... production buyer
Christiane Kubrick .... original paintings
Katharina Kubrick .... original paintings (as Katharina Hobbs)
John Maher .... construction manager
Richard Mccarthy .... hod plasterer
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter
Desmond O'Boy .... stand-by stagehand
John O'Connell .... stand-by propman
Gerald O'Connor .... dressing propman
Kira-Anne Pelican .... art department assistant
Todd Quattromini .... dressing propman
Pippa Rawlinson .... assistant draughtsperson
Jeanne Vertigan .... production buyer
Terry Wells Jr. .... property master
Jake Wells .... chargehand stand-by props
John Whitby .... carpenter
Michael Boone .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Dean Coldham .... plasterer (uncredited)
Robin Heinson .... painter (uncredited)
James Hunt .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tony Marks .... carpenter (uncredited)
Ginger McCarthy .... construction rigger (uncredited)
Tom Still .... set designer (uncredited)
Thomas R. Wagner .... property assistant (uncredited)
Tim Wake .... carpenter (uncredited)
Ian Zawadzki .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tony Bell .... sound maintenance
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Cleal .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Conway .... supervising sound editor
Iain Eyre .... assistant sound editor
Nigel Galt .... sound re-recording mixer
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer
Julian Pinn .... sound consultant: Dolby
Becki Ponting .... foley editor
Edward Tise .... sound recordist
Sandy Buchanan .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark Sheffield .... mix recordist (uncredited)
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Graham Povey .... special effects technician
Charles Staffell .... back projection supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Paddy Eason .... supervising digital compositor: CFC (uncredited)
Sally Goldberg .... visual effects (uncredited)
Matt Kasmir .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Chris Monks .... digital modeller (uncredited)
Ole Dieter Sturm .... computer graphic artist (uncredited)
Steve Tizzard .... digital film scanning (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Allen .... electrician
Craig Bloor .... clapper loader
Pete Cavaciuti .... Steadicam operator (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Joe Dunton .... camera technical advisor
Ron Emery .... electrician
Bill Geddes .... camera grip (as William Geddes)
Carlos Omar Guerra .... assistant camera: second unit
Andrew Haddock .... video coordinator
Manuel Harlan .... still photographer
Rawdon Hayne .... focus puller
Andy Hopkins .... camera grip
Martin Hume .... camera operator
Arthur Jafa .... cinematographer: second unit (as Arthur Jaffa)
Donavan Lambert .... grip: second unit (as Donavan C. Lambert)
Gerard Maguire .... translite photographer
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator: second unit (as Jim C. McConkey)
Nick Penn .... focus puller
Ronnie Phillips .... gaffer
Anthony Richards .... stand-by rigger
Keith Roberts .... clapper loader
Malik Hassan Sayeed .... cinematographer: second unit (as Malik Sayeed)
Larry Smith .... lighting cameraman
Jonas Steadman .... assistant camera: second unit
Paul Toomey .... gaffer
Patrick Turley .... cinematographer: second unit
Martin Ward .... video assistant
Michael White .... best boy electric
Shawn White .... electrician
Dean Wilkinson .... electrician
Jason Wrenn .... focus puller
Elizabeth Ziegler .... Steadicam operator
Steve Brooke Smith .... first assistant camera: dallies (uncredited)
Philip Coleman .... grip trainee (uncredited)
Jon Euesden .... electrician (uncredited)
Stanley Kubrick .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dan Lowe .... moving light operator (uncredited)
Rod Marley .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Nolan .... practical electrician (uncredited)
Howard Smith .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline Durran .... wardrobe mistress
Nancy Thompson .... costume supervisor
Melissa Layton .... additional costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Trevor Collins .... negative cutter
Claire Ferguson .... assistant editor
Melanie Viner-Cuneo .... first assistant editor (as Melanie Viner Cuneo)
Claus Wehlisch .... assistant editor: avid
 
Music Department
Didier de Cottigniers .... music consultant
Peter Hughes .... music contractor
 
Transportation Department
Martin Ward .... action vehicle coordinator
Tom Watson .... mechanic: action vehicle
 
Other crew
Larry Celona .... journalistic advisor
Tracey Crawley .... production assistant
Emilio D'Alessandro .... assistant: Mr. Kubrick
Matt Dalton .... accounting assistant (as Matthew Dalton)
Kerry David .... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Barbara Del Greco .... researcher: Venetian masks
Andrea Doven .... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Michael Doven .... production associate
Chester Eyre .... laboratory consultant
Anthony Frewin .... assistant: Stanley Kubrick
Nick Frewin .... computer assistant
Kate Garbett .... production coordinator
Manuel Harlan .... location researcher
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Ms. Kidman
Tobin Hughes .... location assistant
Rachel Hunt .... secretary
David Jones .... facilities supervisor
Claire Litchfield .... unit nurse
Simon McNair Scott .... location manager
Angus More Gordon .... location manager
Nelson Peña .... production assistant: second unit
Alan Reid .... security officer
Ian Robinson .... laboratory contact
Lara Sargent .... assistant accountant
C.J. Scheiner .... medical advisor (as Dr. C.J. Scheiner MD PhD)
Ann Simpson .... script supervisor
Yolande Snaith .... choreographer
John Trehy .... production accountant
Leon Vitali .... assistant to director
Derek Warman .... fire officer
Stella Wycherley .... accounting assistant
Matthew Alexander .... computer playback supervisor (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Sue Field .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Gold .... stand-in (uncredited)
Nicholas Hopkins .... floor runner (uncredited)
Douglas Milsome .... focus advisor (uncredited)
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Rebecca Peters .... video coordinator (uncredited)
Jay Sheveck .... premiere and release (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Simon P Thorp .... thanks (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"EWS" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material (cut version)
Runtime:
159 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) (heavily cut) | Australia:R (TV rating) | Austria:16 | Belgium:KNT | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (bw) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:18 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (2001) | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) (cut) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) (cut) | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (edited version) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 | USA:R (cut version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Stanley Kubrick] [114]The room in the morgue visited by Bill is in wing C, room 114 (C-Rm114, or CRM-114). CRM-114 was the name of the decoding machine in Kubrick's film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), as well as the number printed on the medicine that Alex is given in A Clockwork Orange (1971).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While Dr. Harford is arguing with Alice on the bed after smoking a joint, his hair is sticking up in one shot and is flat in the next.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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Soundtrack:
Old Fashioned WaySee more »

FAQ

Who is the masked couple in the orgy party and why does the man nod his head at Bill?
Who put the mask on Bill's pillow in bed next to his wife? Did she find it and then leave it there to confront him?
What does the chanting at the mansion party mean?
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202 out of 287 people found the following review useful.
Remarkable finale to a long, glorious career, 16 July 1999
Author: Jaime N. Christley (j_christley@hotmail.com) from NAS Whidbey Island

The thing a lot of folks haven't liked about Stanley Kubrick's films is the fact that he always seemed to think the audience needed some points driven home a little harder than others. Very little is left for debate; most everything is spelled out, pressed hard, and dwelled upon. His critics have compared the long waits between his films to the long periods of waiting that occur while watching his films.

Personally, I like the long, slow scenes in his films. When they're filled with something: music, movement, thought, memory of a previous scene, dread, or any other emotion, they can never really be said to be empty. I like them because, with Kubrick, I can be sure that they're absolutely essential to his ultimate vision. He could have put out a six-hour documentary on tissue manufacturing; at least I'll know that not one minute of screen time is wasted.

"Eyes Wide Shut" isn't as vacuous as, say, "Barry Lyndon" or "The Shining." Compared to those two, this one scoots along like a person trying to get to his car in the rain. It'll try a lot of folks' patience, I'm sure -- even his most loyal fans will be bothered by the incessant piano "bell tolls" in the soundtrack of some scenes, or the constant reminders (in imaginary flashbacks) that Cruise's character is bothered by his wife's near-infidelity. I know I was.

Despite that, it's an apt final film for the long, glorious career of a man who has done more for the cinema, with less movies, than can ever be catalogued. To try and cite influences for this particular work is futile. Though one might draw parallels to Lindsay Anderson's "O Lucky Man!" or Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," "Eyes Wide Shut" is no less than a complete work from the cold heart and brilliant mind of Stanley Kubrick alone. It's also a furiously ingenious piece of filmmaking, one that works less on the emotions than on the senses and on the mind. Unlike most of Kubrick's earlier work, however, it does have an emotional subtext, which is used to devastating effect.

Cruise, by the way, does an outstanding job, not as a trained, camera-conscious film actor, but as a mature, seasoned performer. Here he uses his "Top Gun"/"Jerry Maguire" suavity to malicious effect; like Ryan O'Neal's Barry Lyndon before him, he's an egotistical cad. Unlike Lyndon, he gains our sympathy -- that's key to keeping us from disowning his character and thus negating the entire film.

Kidman is given less screen time, but it matters little. She's mostly seen in the beginning, and she has brief (but crucial) scenes throughout, and a masterful one at the end. It is safe to say that this is her best performance to date, and those of us who have been ignoring her treasured abilities up until now (the Academy, critics, myself) will be astounded to see how far she's come since "Dead Calm." Her high points: the argument with her husband that ends by setting the film's plot in motion perfectly captures the way women lure men into arguments when the cause for one is nonexistent (and on Cruise's part, how men can't think fast enough to do anything about it), and her dream confession scene, in which she wakes laughing but becomes tearful during recollection.

On a technical level, "Eyes Wide Shut" displays Kubrick's trademark perfectionism. Recreating Vietnam in rural England for "Full Metal Jacket" must have been nearly impossible, but the unrelenting accuracy in recreating uptown and downtown New York City is absolutely stunning. Right down to the diners and the newspaper stands; I shake my head in awe when I remind myself that Kubrick (a native Brooklynite) hasn't been to NYC in decades. The lighting and photography is impeccable, also, as it is in every one of his films.

This is the sort of film one sees more than once. Once is good to cleanse the palate, to clear out all the residual toxins left from other recent films. See it again, perhaps a third time, and get to appreciate the graceful, nearly unblemished finale of a man who took the art of cinema seriously. It's a sobering experience.

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