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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting, low key and offbeat little thriller 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
Hubert Selby Jr. wrote all of the dialog.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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Referenced in Transformers (2007)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, low key and offbeat little thriller, 16 March 2011
Author: Bloodwank from United Kingdom

Fear X proceeds on two levels that are of interest to me. The troubled Harry Caine searches for the killer of his wife but more importantly the reason for her death, the basic thrust of the film therefore is the penetration of a mystery. But at its core it's a film about obsession, about a man meticulously constructing meaning where there may be none, with methodology that may work on strict rationale but to the outside observer comes across as less than sane. I enjoy puzzles and obsessive minds, especially those that approach a task with rigour, so parts of Fear X were fascinating to me, Harry watching security tapes from the mall in which he works security (his wife was killed in the car park), Harry taking photograph screen captures from said tapes and using them for his wall of information (a wall that we never get too much of a look at) bits and pieces like this. The splashes of light upon the mystery are of interest as well, they come as odd and unheralded jolts rather than as part of a traditional unveiling, there's a sense of arbitrariness and lack of control that works rather well. As far as plotting goes this goes left-field even of the realms of gialli where whodunnit set ups were at times almost an irrelevance. Of course, none of this would work without a quality actor to anchor things and the film has John Tuturro as Harry, giving a fine performance. He grips with low key intensity, his face a rarely troubled mask that nonetheless seems to hide deep feeling, a terrific creepily convincing turn. Solid support comes from Stephen McIntyre, a quietly emotive Deborah Kara Unger and particularly noble but conflicted James Remar, buts its Tuturro's show all the way. It could almost be excellent as well, nicely winding its intrigue for just about the entire first two thirds before things start to go wrong. Essentially, everything ends up rather pat, I've read plenty of reviews claiming the end doesn't explain things well enough but really the problem is that the ending is partly too conventional and partly just not that well handled. I won't spoil details, but I craved something a bit more outlandish or oblique in the explanation department and the film switches from lightly sprinkled hallucinatory sequences that work well to a climatic colourful freak out that doesn't. This said, the ending still has nearly as much to appreciate as the rest of the film owing to the performances and particularly cinematography. Moody lighting and hot claustrophobia make for much tension, even if plot-wise things are slipping away. Still, overall I rather enjoyed this one and I suspect it will lend itself nicely to rewatches. Not so good if you don't enjoy using your imagination and require everything spelled out, but worth a watch for fans of the offbeat and low key.

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