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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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There's nothing more dangerous than a familiar face. 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 (Europe) (23 August 2002)

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$31,597,131 (USA) (5 January 2003)
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James Van DerZee was the name of an innovative photographer from New York. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Sy Parrish: [voiceover] I've been doing P.O.S. mini-lab work for more than 20 years now. I consider it an important job. When people's houses are on fire, what's the first thing they save after their pets and loved ones are safe? The family photos. Some people think that this is a job for a clerk. They actually believe that any idiot that attends a two-day seminar can master the art of making beautiful prints in less than an hour. But of course, like most things, there's far more to it than meets the eye. ...
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References The Tenant (1976) See more »

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Written and Performed by Tim Heintz
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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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