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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 ...
Pedro Miguel Martínez ...
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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Alejandro Amenábar:  with other two people in the bathroom of the disco, when César goes there. He is the last one that gets out. See more »


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Pelayo: Did you screw her?
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Astonishing....and really depressing
16 April 2001 | by (murfreesboro, tn) – See all my reviews

Go see this film. Now. I'll wait.

Okay, this film is truly one of the most excellent mixtures of genres I have ever seen. It will leave you truly moved, truly surprised, and truly depressed. That's okay, though, because this is such a wonderful movie. The film centers around the life of a rich and handsome young man after a disfiguring accident. We are taken along as he tries to find a way to grow accustomed to a life without the things he relied on (mainly looks) before. After hitting rock bottom, things start to get better for him, and it is here that the seamless weaving of genres occur. I don't want to give too much away, but the film constantly keeps you on your toes and never grows dull. "Abre los Ojos" is a truly stunning love story, psychological thriller, and science fiction film all rolled into a flawless whole. Do yourself a favor and see it before the Cameron Crowe remake, "Vanilla Sky", does to this film what "City of Angels" did to "Wings of Desire".

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