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When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.

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Cast

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Harry
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Kate
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Phil (as Stephen McIntyre)
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Agent Lawrence
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Ed (as Eugene M. Davis)
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Diner Cop
Jacqueline Ramel ...
Claire
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Ellen
Amanda Ooms ...
Prostitute
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Hotel Waitress
Frank Adamson ...
Adamson
Spencer Duncanson ...
Man
Dan K. Toth ...
Hotel Clerk
Jeffrey R. Lawrence ...
Sergeant Frank
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When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.

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The Past Can Never Be Rewound

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material | See all certifications »
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4 April 2003 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Fear X - Im Angesicht der Angst  »

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$6,600,000 (estimated)
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As of 2013, it is director Nicolas Winding Refn's only PG-13 rated film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry: Unit 14 here. I got a white, middle-aged male, he just took a cardigan and slipped it into his bag. Area A-91, over.
Control Room Guard: Copy. Got the suspect on camera. Over.
Harry: Stay on him, here I go...
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The closing credits appear on footage from CCTV security tapes. See more »

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A stylish and atmospheric story about a man and his obsession
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Fear X is often considered to be Nicolas Winding Refn's failure, both artistically and financially, but while there's no arguing about the fact that it left a huge hole in the director's own pocket, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed what I saw. It all depends on how you approach this movie and what you expect to get out of it.

This murder investigation definitely doesn't answer every single question it raises and couldn't care less about leaving the audience with a nice, conclusive ending. Instead, it shows a main character, portrayed excellently by John Turturro, who refuses to let the past be the past and becomes more and more obsessed with details that don't necessarily have to mean anything and the audience gets to witness his downward spiral into madness.

This evolving madness is brilliantly visualized by Nic Refn and cinematographer Larry Smith, who create a very dense and surreal atmosphere that gets amplified by Brian Eno's moody ambient score. Also of special note is the dialogue by Hubert Selby Jr., which manages to induce a very fitting sense of unease throughout the picture.

Fear X may not be quite as great as some of Nicolas Winding Refn's other works, but it is still more than worth a watch.


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