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The Watcher -- Keanu Reeves and James Spader ignite this action-packed thriller about a psychotic killer who torments an FBI agent by sending him photographs of the intended victim before each assault.
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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 Smith ... Photo Store Employee (as Lisa Velten)
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
Kevin Dee Watson .... 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)
Jeremy Settles .... assistant camera
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
Hilda Karadsheh .... 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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97 min
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Universal reportedly paid $5 million to acquire the North American distribution rights of this movie.See more »
Factual errors: Knocking a gas pump off its foundation will not result in gasoline spraying up out of the ground.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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53 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating psychological portrait, 12 March 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Joel Campbell (James Spader) is an FBI agent on leave. He literally "left" his home base in Los Angeles, defeated, because of a particularly hairy case involving an unusually devious, crafty and risk-loving serial killer who went by the name of David Allen Griffin (Keanu Reeves). The Watcher begins with Campbell resettled in Chicago, trying to put his life back in order. But what will happen when Griffin shows up in the Windy City? This is an unusual film in many ways. Although on one level it's a fairly standard thriller with Reeves playing a subtly twisted baddie, it's really a complex psychological portrait that focuses more on Spader as Campbell.

Campbell's life is a mess in Chicago. He can't work and he can barely take care of himself. He looks and feels miserable. His apartment reflects his life--though sparse in content, it's extremely unkempt and unhealthy looking. He is having continual nightmares. He has to inject himself in the stomach with prescription drugs to get over panic attacks and to enable at least a couple hours sleep at night. Of course Campbell is making regular visits to a psychiatrist, Dr. Polly Beilman (Marisa Tomei).

He became such a wreck because of being wrapped up so long with the Griffin case. Griffin regularly toyed with Campbell, communicating with him and even giving him clues so that Campbell would be able to almost but not quite beat Griffin to the punch. Amusingly, director Joe Charbanic portrays Griffin as more well adjusted and much more focused than Campbell.

As Dr. Beilman discerns, Griffin was Campbell's raison d'etre for so long--almost his sole concern--that abandoning the case resulted in Campbell effectively abandoning his life. Thus Charbanic gives us a clever, ethically gray twist. Griffin may be beneficial to Campbell; he may be the only one who can get him back on track. Likewise, Griffin is shown to be a bit lost without Campbell. It creates a fascinating psychological dependency in a twisted relationship that mirrors the two other male-female relationships that propel the plot, providing a subtext about co-dependency and slightly off-kilter, questionably healthy relationships in general.

Although Reeves is often criticized for his acting ability, The Watcher is an excellent example of what that is unjustified. It's not that Reeves doesn't have range. It's that he's extremely subtle. He's not an actor to chew scenery. His Griffin is really just as psychotic as, say, De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976) or Jack Nicholson's Jack Torrance in The Shining (1980), but Reeves isn't usually one to maniacally chop down a door with an axe and crazily intone "Heeeere's Johnny", you have to watch him closer than that to see the character. Even when he's in full action mode, either as a killer, as he is here, or as a superhero, as in The Matrix (1999), Reeves is all about a kind of quiet control. It's not a better or worse style than De Niro or Nicholson, just different. Spader also gives a finely tuned performance. As the character requirements have it, he's a fine complement for Reeves, somewhat paralleling Reeves' style, somewhat providing a counterpoint.

The film has interesting things to say about anonymity in modern societies, especially big cities. Griffin is able to play the games he does only because so many people are faceless and ignored.

Charbanic films The Watcher with a unique visual style can be "arty"--especially during the flashbacks--and conventionally build suspense at the same time. He's also aided by a great score (including a couple brief snippets of Reeves "dancing" to Rob Zombie) and attractive production design.

The Watcher isn't the typical "10 out of 10" film, as its surface gloss is more pedestrian than the usual film of that caliber. But if you dig just a little deeper, you'll find gold.

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