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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


Both James Spader and Keanu Reeves previously starred with actress Lori Loughlin in The New Kids (1985) and The Night Before (1988) respectively. Ironically, in those films James Spader played a villain and Keanu Reeves played a good guy. See more »


In the graveyard scene, the bottle of beer Griffin sets on the ground changes position (One moment the paper label on the bottle is showing, the next moment it isn't). 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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Referenced in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »


Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, Adrian Utley
Performed by Portishead
Courtesy of Go! Beat/London Records 90 Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not Predictable
25 August 2001 | by (QLD, Australia) – See all my reviews

Really enjoyed this movie. It is not in the least bit predictable, as so many thrillers seem to be. Fast paced & lots of action. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Many threads are woven throughout and they tie up towards the end of the movie so that most of our questions are answered.

Casting is great. Spader, our hero, is far from perfect & his obsession with catching 'his' man has had a disasterous affect on his life. He is a complex character who is introducted to us in stages- as the story unravels so does his life.

Reeves surprises in his portrayal of a psycho serial killer. He plays this guy with an eerie realism that see him really well cast here. We hear so many poor reviews of this guy's acting but I can't figure it. He is really believable in this role and shows once again that he can take any character and 'become' him; whether it is Neo in the Matrix or the lovable Ted from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

We enter the world of the serial killer & get to see his version of our reality. We follow the agent in a chase against time to stop the madness.

This movie is not run of mill. It is different & provocative. I highly recommend it.

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