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One Hour Photo (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  13 September 2002 (USA)
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An employee of a one-hour photo lab becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maya Burson
Yoshi Araki
Marion Calvert ...
Mrs. Von Unwerth
David Moreland ...
Mr. Siskind
Shaun P. O'Hagan ...
Young Father
Amateur Porn Guy
Sav-Mart Clerk
Soccer Coach


Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Retratos de una obsesión  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,037,361 (Spain) (23 August 2002)


$1,557,340 (Australia) (7 February 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robin Williams often played practical jokes in the middle of a take during the making of a film. According to producer Christine Vachon, Williams burst out of a doorway completely nude during one take for a chase scene. See more »


When Sy pulls over behind Nina's SUV his turn signal is on from the outside of the car but the arrow is not flashing on the dashboard instrument cluster. Also, the speed of the clicking of the turn signal inside the car is much faster than the blinking is on the outside. See more »


Nina Yorkin: You've been doing my pictures for a long time.
Sy Parrish: I almost feel like "Uncle Sy!"
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Strong performances save the day.
7 March 2003 | by (Waukesha, WI) – See all my reviews

Yes, Robin Williams does steal the show. He's an underrated actor, who, given a good script can deliver a mind boggling performance. That's exactly what One hour photo is, a good script with brilliant performances. The whole cast does an excellent job of showing how the events of one deranged man can impact the lives of many. Let's get one thing straight, though, this not a mainstream movie. It is very much an independant film. If you don't like movies with little action or a low budget don't see this movie. This film is good because of its' strong performances and decent script. I must say, though, without Williams as the lead, this movie would not have been as good as it was.

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