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

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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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Release Date:
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
Elisabeth Adánez .... assistant makeup artist
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
Alberto Esteban .... visual effects coordinator
Ricardo G. Elipe .... visual effects (as Ricardo Gómez)
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
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
Mar de Frutos .... location manager
Alberto García .... production assistant
Mateo Gil .... assistant to director
Juan Giraldez .... location manager
Montserrat González .... legal advisor
Rafael Hostelería .... caterer
Alfonso Jadraque .... location manager
José Miguel Mendiola .... financial controller
Sofía Merlin .... location manager
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
José Luis Sánchez .... location manager
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) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | 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
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Did You Know?

Penélope Cruz also stars in Vanilla Sky (2001), Cameron Crowe's remake of this film, playing the same character, Sofia.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: As César runs on an "empty" street at the beginning of the film, three people can be seen. One, a man in a blue shirt, standing in the bottom right corner of the frame, and two other people on a balcony above him.See more »
[Repeated line.]
Nuria:Open your eyes.
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Movie Connections:
References The Wicker Man (1973)See more »
GlamourSee more »


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54 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
I Won't Mention That Other Movie ..., 10 April 2005
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

... You know the one I'm talking about , the one with Tom Cruise

OMG this review is impossible without mentioning VANILLA SKY , I mean not only is it a remake of ABRE LOS OJO but it's almost scene for scene the exact same movie , in fact since it's got Penelope Cruz in the exact same role as the original you can't even say VANILLA SKY is the same movie with an entirely different cast !

That's the problem with having seen the remake first because it's very difficult to comment on ABRE LOS OJOS because I knew exactly where the movie was heading when Cesar stepped out of his car and surveyed the empty city scape at the start of the movie . This familiarity of the story ruined the movie for me . If only I'd seen this before Hollywood remade it !

Strangely enough Channel 4 broadcast this the night before they broadcast VANILLA SKY and it's obvious that the strengths of the Alejandro Amenaber original have become weaknesses in Crowe's remake . Eduardo Noriega might not be a film star but he is an actor , when watching him play Cesar he is Cesar . When watching Cruise play David you're aware of a movie star playing a disfigured character , his casting against type makes the audience aware that despite the shock revelation at the end it's only a movie . Amenaber thankfully doesn't drown the audience with pop culture references every five seconds unlike Crowe and because of this the audience can concentrate on the mind bending but totally rewarding plot a lot more

Incidentally I awarded this movie seven out of ten the same mark as I gave the remake . If I saw the prior film first I would have almost certainly have given it a higher mark while possibly giving VANILLA SKY a lower one

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