The Watcher (I) (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  8 September 2000 (USA)
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David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne Niami ...
Diana (as Jennifer McShane)
Gina Alexander ...
Rebekah Louise Smith ...
Ellie (as Rebakah Louise Smith)
Skater (as Joe Sikora)
Michele DiMaso ...
Rachel (as Michelle Dimaso)
Jack Fray


David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations using his forensic knowledge to gain entry when she's quite alone, subdues her and administers a long, torturous death. Joel Campbell got so frustrated by his failure to capture Griffin in LA that he quit the FBI, moved to Chicago and remains in psychiatric therapy, unable to function normally. Then he realizes, when opening his mail very late, that a new murder victim is Griffin's, and the killer send him pictures of her. Campbell reports this to the police, but is unwilling to join them in the search, suggesting Griffin is too slick and clever; yet he won't get out of it that easily... Written by KGF Vissers

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Don't go home alone. See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Driven  »

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Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,062,295 (USA) (8 September 2000)


ESP 244,682,968 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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James Spader actuality dislikes Vietnamese food. See more »


In the beginning of the movie Joel Campbell is doing a voice over David Allen Griffin's dancing as a flash forward; David Allen Griffin is dancing to the Rob Zombie song "Dragula". At the end of the movie, when the scene occurs it's a different Rob Zombie song. He is now dancing to "How To Make A Monster". See more »


Joel Campbell: His last alias was David Allen Griffin. I worked the case for three and a half years in Los Angeles. We attributed at least 11 homicides to him.
Lt. Hollis: What's he doing in Chicago.
Joel Campbell: I assume he's still strangling young women with piano wire.
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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »


Written and Performed by Sharkfin
Vocal by Holly Light
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James Spader and Keanu doesn't get any better than this!
17 February 2001 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

James Spader in an outstanding performance as a cop tormented by many demons, both in his mind and on the other end of his telephone. Keanu Reeves is every woman's nightmare---a charming killer with the face of an angel and the soul of a demon. Tense, twisting plot, great ending. Gotta own it on DVD...satisfying for both men and women.

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