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Fear X -- 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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Release Date:
4 April 2003 (Denmark) See more »
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The Past Can Never Be Rewound
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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No fear See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

John Turturro ... Harry

Deborah Kara Unger ... Kate
Stephen Eric McIntyre ... Phil (as Stephen McIntyre)

William Allen Young ... Agent Lawrence

Gene Davis ... Ed (as Eugene M. Davis)

Mark Houghton ... Diner Cop
Jacqueline Ramel ... Claire

James Remar ... Peter

Nadia Litz ... Ellen
Amanda Ooms ... Prostitute

Liv Corfixen ... Hotel Waitress
Frank Adamson ... Adamson
Spencer Duncanson ... Man
Dan K. Toth ... Hotel Clerk
Jeffrey R. Lawrence ... Sergeant Frank
Thane Chartrand ... Agent Wolfson
Garfield Williams ... Guard
Victor Cowie ... Bill Craven
Susan Kelso ... Mrs. Craven
Robert Huculak ... Roger
Sharon Bajer ... Sally
John Bluethner ... Steadman
Gerry Caplap ... Steve
Brock MacGregor ... Quinn
Megan Basaraba ... Amy
Kekoa Charlot ... Directory Voice (voice)
Fradley Garner ... Radio Voice (voice)
Jennifer Lynn Keef ... Department of Tourism Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cory Cassidy ... Officer (uncredited)

Chad Panting ... Reporter (uncredited)
Warren Louis Wiltshire ... Cop (uncredited)

Jon Ted Wynne ... Man at Ceremony (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicolas Winding Refn 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hubert Selby Jr.  writer
Nicolas Winding Refn  writer

Produced by
Johnny Andersen .... line producer
Donald C. Archbold .... executive producer
Joseph Newton Cohen .... executive producer (as Joseph Cohen)
Henrik Danstrup .... producer
Aaron Kim Johnston .... co-producer
Gary Phillips .... executive producer
Kenneth D. Plummer .... executive producer
Rupert Preston .... co-producer
Nadia Redler .... executive producer
Mark Vennis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
Dean Landon 
J. Peter Schwalm 
 
Cinematography by
Larry Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Anne Østerud 
 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
Peter De Neergaard 
 
Art Direction by
Morten Isbrand 
Réjean Labrie 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephen Arndt 
 
Costume Design by
Darena Snowe 
 
Makeup Department
Louise Bruun .... hair stylist: Denmark
Louise Bruun .... makeup artist: Denmark
Lori Caputi .... hair stylist
Jennifer Machnee .... first assistant makeup artist
Doug Morrow .... key makeup artist
Pina Robinson .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Dave Mahoney .... unit production manager
Deborah Bayer Marlow .... production manager: Denmark
Torben Raun .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Basaraba .... third assistant director
Charles Crossin .... second assistant director
Jairo Murray .... second assistant director: Denmark
Ronaldo Nacionales .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Charlotte Bech .... prop assistant: Denmark
Ryan Berzuk .... assistant property master
Lloyd Brandson .... key scenic artist
Eileen Gano .... art department coordinator
Jason Gibbs .... lead dresser
Karsten Holst .... property master: Denmark
Robb Paraskevopoulos .... set decorating crew
Gord Peterson .... graphics artist
Bill Sinosich .... head carpenter
Brian Smith .... construction coordinator
Laura Souter .... art department coordinator
Larry Spittle .... property master
Eva Stengade .... scenic painter: Denmark
Taavo Sults .... scenic carpenter
 
Sound Department
Jovan Ajder .... sound editor
Kasper Val Bjerregård Larsen .... dialogue editor (as Søren Bjerregaard-Ryan)
Kasper Val Bjerregård Larsen .... sound re-recording mixer (as Søren Bjerregaard-Ryan)
Majka Bjørnager .... foley editor
Craig Butters .... sound editor
Jens Bønding .... production sound mixer
Mikkel Groos .... boom operator: Denmark
Stan Mak .... boom operator
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Peter Schultz .... foley recordist
Peter Schultz .... sound designer
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Morten Balling .... visual effects set supervisor
Lars Bjørn Hansen .... Flame artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Frithiof August .... clapper loader
Tony Bear Ruksys .... dolly grip
Thomas Bekker .... best boy electric: Denmark
Ryan Beresford .... lamp operator
Craig Bloor .... focus puller
Neil Cervin .... camera operator
John Durica .... daily electrician
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Joao Holowka .... best boy electric
Joao Holowka .... gaffer
Rolf Konow .... still photographer: Denmark
Jacob Marlow .... gaffer: Denmark
Jim McNulty .... generator operator
Thomas Menzer .... lighting technician: Denmark
Jens Bo Poulsen .... lighting technician: Denmark
Daniel Quesnel .... assistant camera
Peter Topsøe-Jensen .... focus puller: second unit (as Peter Topsøe)
Shauna Townley .... assistant camera
Nicole Wiwchar .... second assistant camera
Jacob Østergaard .... lighting technician: Denmark
 
Casting Department
Kathy Driscoll .... casting: Winnipeg (as Kathleen Driscoll)
Jennifer Koenig .... casting assistant: Winnipeg
Lori Stefaniuk .... extras casting
Olle Westholm .... casting: Sweden
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sussie Bjørnvad .... costumer: Denmark (as Susie Bjørnvad)
Paula Dunfield .... costume set supervisor
Karen Kristalovich .... costume truck supervisor
Guy Mastaler .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Jette Bjørkmann .... negative cutter
Michael Frank Nielsen .... color timer
Kaspar Astrup Schröder .... assistant editor
Trevor White .... colorist: dailies
Mette Zeruneith .... additional editor: Denmark
 
Transportation Department
Brian 'Shaky' Johnson .... transportation captain
Glen Kerr .... driver: honeywagon
Dave Perich .... daily driver
Jim Stevenson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Sedsel Andersen .... continuity
Sedsel Andersen .... script supervisor
Julie Anderson .... first assistant accountant
Carrie Arsenault .... key craft service
Jim Bach .... video coordinator
Filippa Borg .... production assistant: Denmark
Dave Brown .... firearms safety coordinator
Milt Bruchanski .... assistant location manager
Lorraine Clements .... assistant location manager
Victor Dobchuk .... location manager
Adeline Elias .... production accountant
Sheree Fondeur .... production assistant (as Sheree Betker)
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Randy Guest .... production assistant
Leif Axel Kjeldsen .... title sequence editor: Denmark
Vince Krochak .... production assistant
Scott Layton .... assistant production coordinator
Tamara Mauthe .... production coordinator
Basil McKinley .... avid technical support
Alanna Mills .... script supervisor
David Porter .... chef
Bob Stewart .... clearance coordinator
Helle Stübner .... production coordinator: Denmanrk
Cliff Sumter .... body double
Oliver Winding .... script consultant
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material
Runtime:
USA:91 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13

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Trivia:
Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Sizemore were all considered for the lead role.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Tusind former for frygt (2003) (TV)See more »

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48 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
No fear, 13 April 2003
Author: Lars Christensen (c@cool.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark



* * ½ (2½ of 5)

Fear X

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn, 2003



No fear

Nicolas Winding Refn is easily the most interesting Danish director around today. While his tracklisting before Fear X included only two movies - the gritty, streetwise and perfectly captured debut Pusher (1996) and the more ambitious and pseudo-melancholic Bleeder (1999) - he'd already worked up a name for himself as the enfant terrible of, if not European, then Danish cinema.

Refn, like Tarantino (a major influence) and many other angry young directors from the 90s, grew up a movie nerd, raised on action b-movies, Hong Kong slambang and drawing inspiration from cult movies rather than mainstream (accepted) classics.

Yet he also belongs to the elite here (where Tarantino is still CEO) as he has a keen understanding of pure movie making, storytelling and creating angles and unique approaches in what has turned into some sort of predictable genre by itself.

Notice how in Pusher the downright rotten character of Frank (intoxicatingly portrayed by Kim Bodnia) gradually gains our sympathy in his many struggles as the movie progresses. And how in Bleeder Refn still keeps you glued despite the raw and sudden turn in events (Bodnia in another amazing performance) that might have seemed simply uncalled for and repulsive in the script.

Fear X is Refns $7 million dollar American (filmed in Canada actually) debut starring John Turturro and the always welcome James Remar (remember 48 Hours?).

What exactly went wrong here is hard to pinpoint. See, Refn not only had everything going for him, he enlisted Stanley Kubrick's famed photographer (The Shining) Larry Smith and wrote the story together with Hubert Selby (Last Exit To Brooklyn) and he got Turturro to star.

It opens like magic. Refn might be an obsessive perfectionist but the visual ripe beauty and subdued enigmatic thriller qualities of the first hour are breathtaking in both their simplicity and perfectionism. Turturro too seems completely at home here, actually displaying an honest apprehension I have longed to see him take on since Redford's Quiz Show.

The story is interesting. Security guard Harry Caine works at a shopping mall but is stunned by grief when his wife is viciously shot and murdered in the underground parking lot. Caine then spends all his spare time insanely going through CCTV security tapes, hoping to spot the identity of the killer.

Refn's patient opening and sleepy but crispy audiotative visuals makes everything seem in slow-motion. Fear X promises to be a truly effective thriller by now. Notice how cars seem to roll rather than drive and how the scenes within the mall are un-hectic and almost drugged. We feel comfortable in Refn's sure hands but also sense a layered unease about to be revealed later on.

Already here - with cops and security guards in furry Parker coats, minimal and loopy dialogue and brooding snow-covered suburdan scenes that melt into each other - many will draw parallels to Fargo (1996), but that can really only be deemed a testament to how defining the Coens benchmark still is and not as valid critisism of Fear X.

No, what is troublesome is how Refn goes absolutely nowhere in the last part of movie. Caine's journey leads him to a hotel that in itself will have you screaming for another Coen gem also starring Turturro (Turturro, hotel, get it?) That is, if you're not already bogged down by the shameless nods to The Shining with the suspiciously dark red colors of the hotel furnishing, the tricky lighting and the substitute violent red-liquid scene.

There's more. Refn even spices things up with David Lynch mannerisms and comments. Caine is on a kamikaze downfall by now, but the subplot (I won't reveal it) of why and who murdered his wife is so blatantly poor that when the hotel bell clerk comments to Caine: "We provide all sorts of entertainment here" - we don't feel that Refn just popped in a cheerful thumbs-up to Lynch's Twin Peaks, but is desperately trying to thicken his sullen gravy of a plot.

It's a shame. Fear X ends as a pretentious and self-conscious mess that started out like a long-lost classic and perfect thriller.

Director Nicolas Refn is a natural - a master of sound and image - with an astute feel for vibe and engaging storytelling, but Fear X is pretentious way beyond its title alone, dumb when it should be smart and edgy for all the wrong reasons.

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