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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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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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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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£470,787 (UK) (9 March 2001)

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ESP 244,682,968 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The film caused a bidding war between Universal Pictures, the now defunct Destination Films and Warner Bros. when the distribution rights were up for grabs courtesy of the pic's independent financiers. Universal ended up winning the rights, but only just edged out Destination Films, who were eager to bag the film and have a potential hit, since all of their earlier films had been box-office misfires. See more »

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Two different cats were used to shoot the scenes with the second victim. One cat is darker than the other. See more »

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David Allen Griffin: Why did you turn away from me? Why was it so hard for you to accept? Cos you know I did it for you. You came so close to me that night. I remember clearly what I felt when I heard your footsteps falling behind me. Pride. I thought it would keep us together forever. For me it was our finest moment. I can still see the flames.
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A surprisingly effective thriller
15 December 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I saw The Watcher in the movie theaters with my dad and sister, in 2000, I think this was my favorite film. Watching it now, I still enjoy it very much, despite some questionable moments, I think this was a very well planned thriller that sends chills down your spine and makes you watch your back to make sure you are not being followed. Keanu Reeves as a villain, actually, in some sick way, it works, he does have the creepiness vibe down. I mean, this is Keanu Reeves we're talking about and he's actually pretty good in this film. I would say him and Marissa carry the film very well together. James Spader does an alright job. But the story is a very good one that I'm sure you'll like.

Joel is a detective who has just moved to Chicago to get away from some bad situations where he used to live. Mainly to get away from a love who was murdered, but the murderer he was investigating follows him to Chicago. The murderer, David Griffin, studies females, memorizes their schedules, tortures and kills them. But now he's mocking the police when he gives them a picture of a girl and gives them 24 hours to find her, but they keep failing. David wants Joes to admit that they are one of a kind and that they need each other. He even goes as far as to attack Joel's psychiatrist, Polly, who is close to Joel.

The Watcher was by no means film of the year, but I felt like it was an intelligent thriller. The only thing I didn't like about the film was the whole situation with David giving the photos to the police, them broadcasting it across the news, and yet somehow they fail? No one recognized these girls? It just seemed a tad unbelievable. But other than that, I would recommend this film, I thought it was good and if you enjoy thrillers, I think you'll like it too.

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