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David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for... See more » | Full synopsis »
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James Spader ... Campbell

Marisa Tomei ... Polly

Keanu Reeves ... Griffin

Ernie Hudson ... Ibby

Chris Ellis ... Hollis

Robert Cicchini ... Mitch
Yvonne Niami ... Lisa

Jenny McShane ... Diana (as Jennifer McShane)
Gina Alexander ... Sharon
Rebekah Louise Smith ... Ellie (as Rebakah Louise Smith)

Joseph Sikora ... Skater (as Joe Sikora)

Jillian Peterson ... Jessica
Michele DiMaso ... Rachel (as Michelle Dimaso)

Andrew Rothenberg ... Jack Fray

David Pasquesi ... Norton
Dana Kozlov ... Anchorwoman
Butch Jerinic ... Flower Girl
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Wanda
Rebeca Arthur ... Business Woman (as Rebekah Arthur)
Sheila Lahey ... Wanda's Sister
Jason Wells ... Computer Tech
Lisa Velten ... Photo Store Employee
Erick Esteban ... Coffee Store Clerk (as Frederick Garcia)
Mindy Bell ... Supervising Agent

Ryan Oliver ... Waiter
Varen Black ... Female Reporter
Tamara Tungate ... Young Woman
Erikka Yancy ... Campbell's Secretary (as Quinn Yancy)
Jennifer Anglin ... Television Reporter
Peter J. Reineman ... Motel Clerk (as Peter Reinemann)

Michael Nicolosi ... Passerby
Rich Komenich ... Bloody Guy
Michael Guido ... Mendel

Janelle Snow ... Waitress
Joe Forbrich ... Bennigan's Manager
Scott Benjaminson ... Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Ashworth ... S.W.A.T. Team Leader (uncredited)

Mike Bacarella ... (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Nasi Glekas ... S.W.A.T. Entry Man (uncredited)
Kyle Hillman ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

René Ketterer ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Mark Lassise ... Chicago S.W.A.T. (uncredited)
Steve Lyke ... Detective (uncredited)

Scott A. Martin ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Maureen Mendoza ... Nosey Neighbor (uncredited)
Joe Monaco ... Policeman (uncredited)

Eriq F. Prince ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Brian Smyj ... Cop (uncredited)

Joey Sylvester ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Charbanic 
Writing credits
Darcy Meyers (story) and
David Elliot (story)

David Elliot (screenplay) and
Clay Ayers (screenplay)

Produced by
Brian Benson .... line producer
Patrick D. Cheh .... executive producer (as Patrick Choi)
John D. Crededio .... co-executive producer
Christopher Eberts .... producer
David Elliot .... co-producer
Jeremy Lappen .... co-producer
Elliott Lewitt .... producer (as Elliot Lewitt)
Nile Niami .... producer
Clark Peterson .... co-producer
Paul Pompian .... executive producer
Steven T Puri .... co-producer
Jeff Rice .... producer
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Nord 
Casting by
Jane Alderman 
Carmen Tetzlaff 
Production Design by
Maria Caso  (as María Caso)
Brian Eatwell 
Art Direction by
Jeff Wallace 
Set Decoration by
Pat Raney 
Costume Design by
Jay Hurley 
Makeup Department
Mary 'Dugan' Buono .... hair stylist
Dominic Mango .... key hair stylist
Suzi Ostos .... key makeup artist
Chip Williams .... special makeup effects artist
Denise Wynbrandt .... makeup artist
Production Management
John H. Burrows .... production manager (as John Burrows)
Ron De Rosa .... production supervisor
Paul Pompian .... unit production manager
Barrett Taylor .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Berke .... second assistant director
Thomas Coe .... second second assistant director
John Elmore .... assistant director: second unit
Aiman A. Humaideh .... key second assistant director
Jeff Jensen .... second unit director
Scott Metcalfe .... first assistant director
Matt Miller .... assistant director: second unit
Ron Rapiel .... first assistant director: second unit
Robert Schick .... assistant director: second unit (as Bob Schick)
Art Department
Matthew Benware .... carpenter
Ray Conchado .... set dresser
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter
Thomas J. Glynn .... set dresser
Joe Monaco .... set dresser: second unit (as Joey 'Bag O' Donuts' Monaco)
Michael V. Nichols .... set dresser
Russell O'Connor .... carpenter (as Russell T. O'Connor)
Jodi Tripi .... art department coordinator
Gary E. Wamhoff .... carpenter
David Weninger .... props
Sound Department
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
John Cannon .... first assistant sound editor
Jake Collins .... production sound mixer (as Jacob D. Collins)
Fred 'Rudy' DeLisio .... foley artist
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Lisa Gillespie .... utility sound: second unit
Jeff Glueck .... additional sound
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising re-recording mixer
Nicholas James .... supervising sound editor
John Kurlander .... sound engineer
Steve La Fayette .... sound mixer: second unit
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound effects editor
Jean-Yves Munch .... boom operator: second unit
Hugh Murphy .... assistant sound editor
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Alex Riordan .... boom operator: second unit
Perry Robertson .... sound effects editor
Beau Shiminsky .... adr recordist
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Ronald L. Wright .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Sam Barkan .... special effects coordinator
Bruce A. Strong .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Michelle Butler .... digital artist
Aimee Campbell .... motion tracking supervisor: Centropolis Effects
Matt Cordner .... digital effects artist
Doug Creel .... digital effects artist
Robert Cribbett .... digital compositor: CFX
Chris Del Conte .... visual effects producer: CFX
Aaron Dem .... visual effects head of production: CFX
Jon Doyle .... digital artist
David Fogg .... compositing supervisor
Mark Franco .... visual effects executive producer: CFX
Greg Groenekamp .... senior compositor: CFX
Rodney Iwashina .... visual effects supervisor
Keith Kellogg .... 3D tracker
Tom Lamb .... digital artist
Sheila Molnar .... digital artist
Kosta Saric .... visual effects editor
Mandy Sekelsky .... Production Assistant
Mandy Tankenson .... visual effects coordinator: CFX
Brian Wolf .... digital compositor
Mickey Alzola .... stunts
Kevin Ball .... stunts
Nick Brandon .... stunts
Paul Dallenbach .... stunts
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... utility stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt driver (as Eddie Fernandez)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
James Fierro .... stunts
Brent Fletcher .... stunt driver
Oliver Hanisch .... stunts
Mark Harper .... stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunt coordinator (as Cort Hessler III)
Terry James .... stunts
Lance King .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Gina Mari .... stunts
Rick Miller .... stunts
Joe Murphy .... stunt double
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Manny Perry .... utility stunts
Steven Ritzi .... stunts (as Steve Ritzi)
Brian Smyj .... stunt driver
Brian Smyj .... stunts (as Bryan Smyj)
Bobby Stuart .... stunts (as Bob Stuart)
Joseph J. Tomaska .... stunts (as Joe Tomaska)
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Caroline Brandes .... additional grip
Paolo Cascio .... additional camera operator
Thomas S. Ciciura .... assistant camera
Dawn Copeland .... electrician: 2nd unit
Dennis De La Mata .... key grip: second unit
Bob Gomez .... electrician: second unit
C. David Jones .... grip (as Charles Jones)
George Kohut .... camera operator
Lorna Leslie .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Julie 'Doc' Lindstrom .... additional grip: second unit
Michael Maloney .... grip: second unit
Michelle Mann .... assistant camera: second unit
Joe Melichar .... electrician
Darryl Miller .... grip
Les Nagy .... grip (as Leslie Nagy)
Steven Parker .... electrician
Kira Parser .... assistant camera
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial camera operator
Keith Pokorski .... assistant camera
Ryan Puckett .... grip
Rick Rios .... grip
Jeff Roberts .... camera operator
Kathryn Roberts .... assistant camera (as Kathryn Mueller)
Darren Rydstrom .... additional camera operator
Faires A. Sekiya .... steadicam operator (as Faires Anderson)
Richard Sobin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Paul Storino .... grip
Sean Tanner .... gaffer
Ric Waite .... additional photographer
Kieran Waugh .... electrician
Mark N. Woods .... assistant camera
Joplin Wu .... director of photography: Los Angeles
Tommy James Lewis .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Regina Prokop .... extras casting
Mary Jo Slater .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karan Doherty .... costumer
Airan Wright .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Timothy Colletti .... assistant editor
Trudy Yee .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Marco Beltrami .... conductor
Marco Beltrami .... orchestrator
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Julian Bratolyubov .... score preparation
Simon James .... orchestra contractor
Daniel J. Johnson .... co-music editor
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer
John Kurlander .... score mixer
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Buck Sanders .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael R. Cairo .... driver
Joe Vanis .... driver
Other crew
Jeffrey Brown .... assistant production coordinator
Heather Cappiello .... script supervisor
Dru Anne Carlson .... script supervisor
Laurie Carreira .... assistant production coordinator
Al Cohn .... location manager
Jonas Cukierman .... assistant production coordinator
Leslie Anne Engel .... production coordinator
Eric L. Fersten .... production secretary
Veloz Gomez .... production assistant
P.J. Haines .... caterer
Christopher James Hall .... production supervisor: additional photography
Matt Hickey .... production assistant
Vien Hong .... adr voice
Jillian Jester .... production assistant
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Kevin LaRosa .... aerial coordinator (as Kevin La Rosa)
Kevin LaRosa .... pilot (as Kevin La Rosa)
Robin Len .... title designer
Cary Lowe .... unspecified: marine unit
Sean Lynn .... chef
Nancy S. Marshall .... additional assistant production coordinator
Chris Papajohn .... unspecified: marine unit
Mark G. Pavuk .... stand-in
Anna Lynn Reeves .... production assistant
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot
Rocky Russell .... production assistant
Buck Sanders .... electronic design
Hakeem Smith .... key production assistant
Adrienne Swan .... first assistant accountant
Peter Vamvakas .... extras police advisor
Janette Vecchiarelli .... assistant: Mr. Reeves
Chris Velazquez .... assistant to producer
Michael Vogler .... key production accountant
James E. Wade .... set location assistant
C. Ransom Walrod .... marine coordinator
Sonia Walsh .... payroll accountant
Sandra J. White .... second assistant accountant
Andrew Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Charbanic
Anthony Wright .... production assistant
Rosanne Gibson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Keideth .... security: Mr. Reeves (uncredited)
Steve Cardone .... special thanks
Seon Zick-Park .... special thanks (as Seon Park)

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Rated R for violence and language
97 min
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In the opening scene, Keanu Reeves dances to the Rob Zombie song "Dragula" while doing kung fu moves behind green lighting. This is a homage to his previous blockbuster, The Matrix (1999).See more »
Factual errors: Griffen shoots Campbell in the knee. Later, we see him with a bandage on the knee but completely over his pants. Decidedly not standard first aid procedure.See more »
[Joel surrenders his gun to David in the cemetery - they begin to walk and David has the gun pointing downwards - a loud bang is heard]
David Allen Griffin:Wow. It's loaded.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
This is one to watch., 21 May 2003

Rated:PG Runtime:94mins Release Date:2000

Federal Agent Joel Campbell thought leaving behind his old life would mean leaving behind his worst nightmare, but unfortunately for Joel Campbell, his worst nightmare didn't want to leave him behind.

The Watcher stars James Spader as F.B.I. agent Joel Campbell, an elite special agent who always got the job done. But then along came his worst nightmare, serial killer David Allen Griffen (Keanu Reeves in a surprisingly solid performance), an elusive and brilliant serial killer, who preys on innocent women at night and seemingly can't be caught. He's a methodical Killer who knows his work. He's detailed at everything his work involves, including the ins and outs of police procedure. After a year of trying to outsmart this sophisticated killer and always being one step behind, Joel decides to give up and head to Chicago. Here he hopes that maybe he can forget Griffen and his nightmares. But Griffen doesn't want to forget, so he follows Campbell to Chicago to continue their relationship and the killing. While trying to cloud himself in a haze of dependant drugs and self pity, Campbell is forced back in to the game of cat and mouse when Griffen starts sending him pictures of the women he's going to kill. Only this time Griffen puts a new spin on this particular game. Now, instead of just murdering the women, Griffen gives Campbell a chance to save the women, by sending him pictures of his potential victims twelve hours before they actually become his victims.

The Watcher isn't a first rate, edge of your seat thriller, but that's okay because I think making it a well made and stylish thriller was the actual intent of Director Joe Charbaniz. This solid mid-budget (by Hollywood standards) thriller boasts some great performances by star Spader, and Academy Award nominee Marisa Tomei, who in the film stars as Spader's psychiatrist, Dr Polly Bellman. But it also has Keanu Reeves showing the best acting display of his carrer in my opinion (maybe because he doesn't have many lines, I'm not really sure), as the demented killer, Griffen. Now for me, and I'm sure for a few other movie fans, there is an added bonus of having Ernie Hudson in it as a Police Chief. I find this an extra treat because I haven't seen Ernie in many A list movies lately, and I find he just has a way of sprucing them up. Charbaniz also used an innovative cat and mouse style due to the fact that it's not so much chase scenes, but duelings of the mind. However, I did find some of the slow motion camera work they used while Reeves was stalking around to be a bit much.

Writers David Elliot and Darcy Meyers put together a well made story with the underlining idea that good is nothing without evil, using two men as the message. It also has a few good encounters between Spader and Reeves in which you're actually able to see how these characters are driven in to the relationship they have with one another. I do, however, have to discredit one bit of the movie, where Spader and the police force are looking for a woman who is intended to be the next victim and no one seems to know who she is, or have even seen her for that matter, even though she works in a huge shopping mall where thousands of people dwell everyday. Especially corny is a scene in which they are in the mall looking for her while she is literally standing right beside them, but not one of the ten or so officers turns his or her head for even a second to actually see her.

Aside from being bogged down by a few minor details, this fast paced thriller, with style to spare, does work on many different levels and in my opinion is certainly worth a rent. It's a little more sharp then most of its preceeding thrill movies (including Kiss the Girls) even though it's storyline is not overly original. However you can sit through this whole movie and not have a bad aftertaste left in your mouth, which is a lot more then I can say for most of Hollywood's recent releases. So, if you want a little excitement from your entertainment for the evening, don't expect too much from the Watcher and just watch it.

Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

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