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Open Your Eyes (1997) More at IMDbPro »Abre los ojos (original title)

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Open Your Eyes -- Eduardo Noriega is a rich womanizer who prowls the parties and bars of Madrid, intent on bagging chicks. But when Noriega falls for the beautiful Sofia (Penelope Cruz), he's the one who's bagged.
Open Your Eyes -- 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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19 December 1997 (Spain) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eduardo Noriega ... César

Penélope Cruz ... Sofía
Chete Lera ... Antonio

Fele Martínez ... Pelayo

Najwa Nimri ... Nuria
Gérard Barray ... Duvernois
Jorge de Juan ... Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela ... Commisario
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Médico Jefe
Ion Gabella ... Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadiñanos ... Guardia

Tristán Ulloa ... Camarero
Pepe Navarro ... Presentador T.V.
Jaro ... Médico 1
Walter Prieto ... Médico 2
Carola Angulo ... Médico 3
Fanny Gautier ... Secretaria (as Fanny Solorzano)
Luis García ... Guardia jurado 1
Javier Martín ... Guardia jurado 2
José Ángel Egido ... Policía

Ricardo Cruz ... Conductor (as Richard Cruz)
Raúl Otegui ... Chico servicios
Pepe ... Gato
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alejandro Amenábar ... Laughing Guy in Disco Bathroom (uncredited)

Isabel Serrano ... Voz celestial (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Alejandro Amenábar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alejandro Amenábar 
Mateo Gil 

Produced by
Ana Amigo .... associate producer
Fernando Bovaira .... producer
José Luis Cuerda .... producer
Andrea Occhipinti .... associate producer
Alain Sarde .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alejandro Amenábar 
Mariano Marín 
Cinematography by
Hans Burmann 
Film Editing by
María Elena Sáinz de Rozas 
Art Direction by
Wolfgang Burmann 
Set Decoration by
Carola Angulo 
Ramón Moya (setting)
Costume Design by
Concha Solera 
Makeup Department
Eli Adánez .... assistant makeup artist (as Elisabeth Adánez)
Paca Almenara .... makeup designer
Susana Cortés .... makeup artist trainee
Sylvie Imbert .... hair stylist
Sylvie Imbert .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jesús Alonso .... assistant production manager
José Antonio García Tapia .... assistant production manager
Emiliano Otegui .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mateo Gil .... assistant director
Mateo Gil .... second unit director
Salud Gismera .... trainee assistant director
Ignacio Gutiérrez-Solana .... assistant director
Raúl Otegui .... assistant director
Art Department
Emilio Ardura .... upholstery
Pablo Arroyo .... props
Ignacio Borja .... graphic designer (as Nacho Borja)
Pedro Jesús De la Fuente .... construction coordinator
José G. Donado .... painter (as José Garcia Donado)
Antonio Gómez .... carpenter
Luis Gómez .... carpenter
Vázquez Hermanos .... property master
De La Oliva .... property master
José Luque .... carpenter
Ricardo Mengíbar .... property master
Natalia Montes .... props
Natalia Montes .... storyboard artist
Iñigo Navarro .... sketcher
Óscar Romero .... props
Sergio Rozas .... assistant set decorator
Sergio Rozas .... storyboard artist
Rafael Serras .... set decorator trainee
Roberto Torralba .... carpenter
Félix Álvarez .... painter
Sound Department
Sergio Bürmann .... boom operator
Juan Carlos Cid .... boom operator
Juan Dibarboure .... sound editor trainee
Jaime Fernández .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Ghislain .... sound mixer
Daniel Goldstein .... sound designer (as Goldstein & Steinberg)
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... sound editor
Julien Naudin .... sound effects editor
Jaume Puig .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby (as Jaime Puig)
Alfonso Raposo .... sound re-recording mixer
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound editor
Ricardo Steinberg .... sound designer (as Goldstein & Steinberg)
José Vinader .... sound
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Colin Arthur .... special effects
María Luisa Pino .... special effects/makeup assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Belén Arsuaga .... visual effects
Félix Bergés .... visual effects
Pedro Blanco .... visual effects
Ricardo G. Elipe .... visual effects (as Ricardo Gómez)
Alberto Esteban .... visual effects coordinator
Luis Guerra .... visual effects
Rafael Menéndez de Luarca .... visual effects
Óscar Miranda .... visual effects
Inés Montero .... visual effects
Abraham Portolés .... visual effects
Juan Antonio Ruiz .... visual effects
Carlos J. Santos .... opticals
Jacinto Soria .... modeler
Aurelio Sánchez Herrera .... visual effects
Adolfo Villalón .... modeler
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Ángel Bardavio .... second assistant camera: second unit
Hans Burmann .... camera operator
Wolfgang Burmann .... director of photography: second unit
Pablo Bürmann .... first assistant camera
Pablo Carrión Bautista .... electrician
Juan Carrión .... gaffer
Pablo Carrión .... electrician
Domenech .... camera rental
Pablo Hernández Smith .... director of photography: second unit (as Pablo Hernandez)
Pedro López .... electrician
Roberto Miguel .... second assistant camera
Carlos Montero .... camera trainee
Francisco Ramos .... key grip
Ramiro Sabell hijo .... first assistant camera: second unit
José Sacristán .... electrician
Luis Sáenz .... second assistant camera: second unit
Gregorio Sánchez .... first assistant camera: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Humberto Cornejo .... wardrobe
Ana Cuerda .... assistant costume designer
Bubi Escobar .... costumer (as María Isabel Escobar)
Concha Solera .... costumes
Editorial Department
Natalia Sáinz de Rozas .... assistant editor
Location Management
Mar de Frutos .... location manager
Juan Giraldez .... location manager
Alfonso Jadraque .... location manager
Sofía Merlin .... location manager
José Luis Sánchez .... location manager
Music Department
Enrique Camarasa .... music recordist
Juan Carlos Cuello .... music producer
Bartolomé Espadalé .... music production manager
Mario Klemens .... conductor
Eduardo Ruiz-Joya .... music mixer (as Eduardo Ruiz Joya)
José Vinader .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Félix Fontal .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Emilio Ardura .... tapestry
Javier Bellot .... press attache
Amanda Castro .... assistant to director
Alberto García .... production assistant
Mateo Gil .... assistant to director
Montserrat González .... legal advisor
Rafael Hostelería .... caterer
José Miguel Mendiola .... financial controller
Eva Muslera .... production accountant
José M. Méndez .... legal advisor
Víctor Mínguez .... production assistant
María Teresa Payero .... production secretary
Juan Luis Pedrero .... production accountant
Lola Pérez .... legal advisor
Carlos J. Santos .... title designer
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
César Urrutia .... press promotion
Javier Aramburu .... thanks
Olga de Bartolomé .... thanks
Armand Basi .... thanks
Fabrice Benoît .... thanks
Fernando Cañas .... thanks
Luis Dorado .... thanks
Concha Doñaque .... thanks
Andy Ferguson .... thanks
Luis Fernández Inglada .... thanks
Nieves Herranz .... thanks
Luis A. López Calvo .... thanks (as Luis Antonio López Calvo)
José Mercado .... thanks
Ian Padrón .... thanks
Nano de la Peña .... thanks (as Fernando de la Peña)
Antonio Ramos .... thanks
Ana Steinberg .... thanks
Nacho Sáenz de Tejada .... thanks
Tomás Zapata .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Abre los ojos" - Spain (original title)
"Permanent Midnight" - USA
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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (video premiere) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 (video premiere) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Tom Cruise said that he was on his mobile phone trying to buy the remake rights during the end credits the first time he saw the film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: A crew member is reflected in the car window when César picks up Pelayo for tennis.See more »
Nuria:Do you believe in god?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Game (1997)See more »
Flying AwaySee more »


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60 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
So superior to Vanilla Sky that you have to see it to believe it, 17 June 2005
Author: abgkasjlkasjla from Denmark

How I wish I had seen this film before seeing Vanilla Sky. There is so much subtlety, so many interesting ideas in this that have been butchered or simply lost in translation in the Hollywood version. The ending of Vanilla Sky pretty much explains everything... Abre Los Ojos leaves most of it up to interpretation and the viewers' imagination. Upon my recent second viewing, I realized how many hints there are towards the twist in the film, and how many ideas and subjects for good discussion that are in the film. The direction in Vanilla Sky seemed fine before, but in comparison, it's really daft and unimaginative. The majority of the good stuff in VS is stolen directly from ALO. A lot of it is changed to fit Hollywood's standards(and we all know how... high... they are), and the authenticity of the great idea is almost lost through this. This is the third Alejandro Amenabar movie I've seen(the other two are Thesis and The Others), and definitely my favorite so far. Not many films can catch and keep your interest even when you've already seen a (bastardized and cheaper) version of it already. I couldn't take my eyes off it. Like Amenábar's other films, this is slow and deliberate(whereas Crowe's version, in comparison, seems somewhat rushed, trying to get to the end as fast as possible, despite being a full half hour longer), and it really works to the films benefit. The music is wonderful, and it fits perfectly in every scene. The mood and atmosphere of the film is great. The effects are excellent... by comparison, those of Vanilla Sky are overly flashy and obvious. Here, they're beautiful and very subtle, like the rest of the film. The cinematography is very good, and far superior to that of VS. I realize that this seems more like a comparison between the two films than a review, but I can't seem to find the words to express just how great this is. See it for yourself. And in the name of all that is good and just, see it before you even consider watching Vanilla Sky. I recommend this to fans of intelligent films and/or Alejandro Amenábar. This is quite probably the best film he has made so far(though I haven't seen Mar Adentro yet). 9/10

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