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The Watcher (2000)

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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 ...
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


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$28,927,720 (USA) (27 October 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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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: It's never quite that easy. You go through the door, and they're never just sitting there waiting for you with a welcoming smile on their face. best you can do is hope they fuck up and do what you can to be there when they do.
Dr. Polly Beilman: And then blame yourself for the killings?
Joel Campbell: Oh, no. I blame the asshole who did them.
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Driven To This
Written by Damir Price (as Damir Prcic)
Performed by Jacqui Lynn
Produced by Marco Beltrami, Damir Price (as Damir Prcic)
Courtesy of Mouthful Records
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The interaction between Keanu Reeves, James Spader and Marisa Tomei make this film
2 February 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The relationship between the characters in the Watcher sets it apart from other serial killer movies. In fact, I would have liked another 15 minutes in the movie to bring out those relationships even more. I would have liked a little more elaboration on what happened in the past between James Spader and Keanu Reeves. Also, I wish the movie had shown part of the session between the Psychologist, played by Marisa Tomei, and the serial killer, played by Keanu Reeves. Marisa Tomei's facial reaction to Keanu Reeves' comment prior to the session was perfect. "Do clients come to see you because you are good or because you are very pretty." (Line by Reeves to Tomei - maybe not verbatum)

Keanu Reeves plays David Griffin very well. This is another example showing how Keanu Reeves can take any character and make it both believable and likeable to some extent. Both Reeves and Spader display the need for each other by the end of the film. Yes, I did detect at least a professional need by Spader for Reeves in the Watcher. So did Marisa Tomei I think. This movie had both a good balance of a crime drama, with the police and car chase scenes, and strong character development. My only complaint is like others have said on this board, I felt it was rushed.

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