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Open Your Eyes (1997)
"Abre los ojos" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  19 December 1997 (Spain)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Miguel Palenzuela ...
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Ion Gabella ...
Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadiñanos ...
Pepe Navarro ...
Presentador T.V.
Jaro ...
Walter Prieto ...


A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. Written by Mark Barrancos

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 1997 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Open Your Eyes  »

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ESP 370,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,289 (USA) (16 April 1999)


$368,234 (USA) (18 June 1999)

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César's apartment uses same set used by the character of David in Pedro Almodóvar's movie Live Flesh (1997), which also starred Penélope Cruz. See more »


A crew member is reflected in the car window when César picks up Pelayo for tennis. See more »


[Repeated line.]
Nuria: Open your eyes.
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Referenced in Vanilla Sky (2001) See more »


Sick of You
Music by Onion
Lyrics by A. Legardon
Performed by Onion
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Vanilla Sky versus Abre los Ojos
20 December 2003 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Well, as it is in most ‘fights' one has to see both before being able to see who the winner is and in this case it is Abre los Ojos (the original). It is not THAT MUCH better than Vanilla sky, but the ending does the trick. The ending in Abre los ojos, is much better and more comprehensible than the vague and somewhat pointless ending in Vanilla Sky, which makes the film just a notch better than the star-laden Hollywood remake. The other parts of the films are mostly equal to one another (except Cruz' looks, which are much better than in Vanilla Sky, which is mostly due to the stupid haircut she had in that American film) or should I say, the rest Cameron Crowe copied from Abre los ojos. If there is one thing that I didn't like about this film, is how it was spoiled for me by having seen Vanilla Sky earlier. Almost everything Crowe copied, which made this film rather boring at times and which also makes it difficult for me to rate this one. I can tell you though, that if could choose again I'd definitely see Abre los Ojos first and not see Vanilla Sky at all.

7,5 out of 10 (for the statistics, with a 7 to be handed out on voting)

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