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One Hour Photo (2002)

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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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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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In the first showing of the "photo wall", there are 854 photos. 29 high by 31 across minus three rows of 10, 14 and 21. At a later date the wall has 862 photos, same grid minus three rows of 2, 14 and 21. See more »


After Sy finishes drinking a glass of water and leaves the kitchen during the "good thoughts", his tie clip goes from straight to slanted between shots. See more »


Bill Owens: Look, Sy, I got a family. I'm not losing my job over this. I'm letting you go.
Sy Parrish: No. Ohhh...
Bill Owens: These log discrepancies would be enough, but you've been spacing out on the job, taking 90-minute lunch breaks, creating scenes in front of the customers... giving away free merchandise.
Sy Parrish: What?
Bill Owens: Free disposable cameras to customers on their birthday? That must have been your bright idea. Sure as shit isn't company policy.
Sy Parrish: You can't do this.
Bill Owens: It's done, Sy. I talked to Sims at district. Now you finish out the...
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »


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A special movie...about REAL life...
10 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a truely special film that hasn't got its proper recognition. People just don't get it...

This movie is about REAL life, REAL people, and REAL problems...

Hollywood has had a bad habbit of sugar coating reality. All movies have happy endings??? The good guy always win??? Everyone is beautiful???

Give me a break. Hollywood has the tendency of making the bad BAD and the good GOOD. I think most people are somewhere in the middle. I believe that everyone has a dark side and a good side. We're always so quick to judge, label, and forget about people.

A little advice to people in general, never forget anyone.

Powerful film, excellent score (soundtrack). I recommend this film to all those mature enough to pay attention.

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