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One Hour Photo (2002)

A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

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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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He knows your secrets. See more »

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

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13 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Retratos de una obsesión  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$31,597,131 (USA) (3 January 2003)
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Several of the family photos Sy goes through at the flea market feature Mark Romanek as a boy, his parents and his aunt. See more »

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When Sy gets out of his car and starts to snapshot his chief's daughter, he is holding a photo camera with "Minolta aspherical lens" printed around the lens. Next second there is only "Aspherical lens" around. See more »

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Sy Parrish: Now, put his thing in your mouth.
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Written and Performed by Tim Heintz
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clinical stalking for williams
11 August 2003 | by (liverpool, united kingdom) – See all my reviews

well it was a pleasant surprise to see williams in this type of role and succeeding. although he played the very questionable (and dodgy) killer in insomnia, his role in one hour photo was very near perfect in this minor gem of a film. granted williams has been actively pursuing these alternative roles of late and yes it could be construed as being a cynical move on his behalf, however this does not detract from the fact that his role in photo was scarily on the mark.

the directors (romanek) flair for colour synchronicity and immaculate art direction does not stray far from his beginnings as a music video director, however it is this attention to detail and precision that accentuates williams when he chooses to lose the plot. a memorable scene in the film of william's characters eyes squirting blood is in stark contrast to the ordered white formica and polished chrome surfaces that intimate to the spectator a feeling of staring intently at snapshots of a desperate man's life.

if this film was to have any criticism is in the roles of the supporting actors. they are hardly fleshed out and as a spectator i felt that at times i was watching the robin william's rebirth show, however this is a minor point. if i were to mark this out of 10 i would give it a strong 8.


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