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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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Release Date:
19 December 1997 (Spain) See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
5 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Intriguing and Fascinating Journey to Paranoia See more (213 total) »

Cast

  (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
James A. 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
 
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
 
Thanks
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
"Virtual Nightmare: Open Your Eyes" - Germany (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence
Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | 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?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[Repeated line.]
Nuria:Open your eyes.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Flying AwaySee more »

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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing and Fascinating Journey to Paranoia, 13 September 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The handsome and wealthy César (Eduardo Noriega) is very successful with women and is having difficulties to get rid off Nuria (Najwa Nimri) that is his last affair. His best friend is Pelayo (Fele Martínez), who is unlucky with women and jealous of his friend. On his birthday party, César meets the gorgeous and sexy Sofia (Penélope Cruz) that is dating Pelayo and they have a crush on each other and spend the night together in her apartment. On the next morning, César finds Nuria stalking him in front of Sofia's building and he accepts her ride home. However, she commits suicide crashing her car against a wall and César survives the crash, but with his face completely destroyed. The doctors do not have technology to restore his face and César is absolutely depressed and missing Sofia. One night, César meets Sofia and Pelayo in a bar and he drinks too much, falling on the street. However, on the next morning, Sofia finds César on the street and kisses him telling that she loves him. Then the doctors tell him that they are able to fix his face. Out of the blue, César's happiness changes and he finds that he is trapped in a nightmare.

"Abre los Ojos" is an intriguing and fascinating thriller with a journey to paranoia. The twenty-five year-old genius Alejandro Amenábar wrote and directed this masterpiece that is certainly the source of inspiration of "The Matrix", with the concept of virtual reality. This film is among my top-ten ever and the last three times that I watched it was on 16 November 2001, 26 October 2002 and yesterday, but the impact is never reduced with the awesome story and screenplay. The American cinema industry once again decided to destroy this piece-of –art with the ridiculous remake "Vanilla Sky" that is only a shadow of "Abre los Ojos". My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Preso na Escuridão" ("Imprisoned in the Darkness")

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Dub this in english and I'll watch it. bringbackwriting-1
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Who wakes somebody up by saying open your eyes? jmhow
Why did they make a Remake?? Dumo1888
Why didn't he go back....? (spoilers) alopoly02
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