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Surveillance -- An FBI agent tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell.
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Release Date:
17 July 2008 (Portugal) See more »
Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Scary thriller with an unfortunate and sloppy finale See more (120 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Caroline Aaron ... Janet

Hugh Dillon ... Dad (Steven)
David Gane ... Grocery Man

Gill Gayle ... Officer Degrasso

Kent Harper ... Officer Jack Bennett

Michael Ironside ... Captain Billings

Pell James ... Bobbi Prescott
Daryl Haney ... Drug Dealer (as D.R. Haney)

Shannon Jardine ... Elaine Meyer
Angela Lamarsh ... Maid
Gerald Lenton-Young ... Coroner (as Gerald Layton-Young)
Jennifer Miles ... TV Reporter

Mac Miller ... Johnny

Charlie Newmark ... Officer Wright

Julia Ormond ... Elizabeth Anderson

Cheri Oteri ... Mom

Bill Pullman ... Sam Hallaway

Ryan Simpkins ... Stephanie
Anita Smith ... Tina

French Stewart ... Officer Jim Conrad
Josh Strait ... Keith

Kent Nolan ... David (as Kent Wolkowski)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyle Briere ... Curtis (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jennifer Chambers Lynch  (as Jennifer Lynch)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kent Harper  writer
Jennifer Chambers Lynch  (as Jennifer Lynch)

Produced by
Rhonda Baker .... line producer
Gill Gayle .... associate producer: FSP
Jeff Geoffray .... co-executive producer
Gary Hamilton .... co-executive producer
Kent Harper .... producer
Walter Josten .... co-executive producer
David Lynch .... executive producer
Bernd Mehlitz .... associate producer: Lago Film
Marco Mehlitz .... producer
David Michaels .... producer
Stephen Onda .... co-producer
Robert C. Romanus .... associate producer: FSP
Shane Dax Taylor .... associate producer: FSP
Original Music by
Todd Bryanton 
Cinematography by
Peter Wunstorf 
Film Editing by
Daryl K. Davis 
Casting by
Lina Todd 
Production Design by
Sara McCudden 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Spakowski 
Costume Design by
Cathy McComb 
Makeup Department
Lisa Campbell .... co-key hair stylist (as Lisa Campbell-Buteau)
Jennifer Forberg .... assistant makeup artist
Tracy George .... makeup department head
Brentyn Krekoski .... assistant makeup artist (as Brent Krekoski)
Kaitlyn Rae .... daily assistant makeup artist
Zinka Shankland .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Peter Measroch .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenny Chaplin .... second assistant director
Trevor Cunningham .... first assistant director
Elizabeth Farrer .... third assistant director
Art Department
Shelly Bowes-Cherry .... art department coordinator (as Shelly Bowes)
Adrienne Conley .... set designer
Lee Kolenick .... props
Daniel McKay .... head carpenter
Mark Montague .... storyboard artist
Adrian Traquair .... set dresser
Johann Wessels .... lead scenic artist
Laura Wolfe .... set dec buyer
Sound Department
Rob Bryanton .... supervising sound editor
Cal Harle .... foley artist
Steve Hasiak .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Playfair .... production sound mixer
Evan Rust .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Jeff Smulan .... foley recordist
J. David Taylor .... foley recordist
Janene Carleton .... stunt double: Julia Ormond
Shannon Jardine .... stunt performer
Kirk Jarrett .... stunt coordinator
Rick Skene .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Chad Biesenthal .... grip
Layton Burton .... camera operator
Latif Cavanaugh .... grip
Kirk Chiswell .... first assistant camera
Allan Feildel .... still photographer
Donovan Fraser .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Shawn Fulton .... best boy electric
Rob Hillstead .... best boy electric
Nick Lamb .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Kevin Lheritier .... best boy grip
Kyle Mrazek .... lighting technician
Lana Palmer .... camera trainee
Carly Stinn .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Lavinia Fiama .... casting assistant
Brenda McCormick .... casting
Alexa Wilding .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Clifton-Remple .... co-costume designer
Kerri La Londe .... costume truck supervisor
Robin Merrifield .... tailor
Joanna Vollhoffer .... costume coordinator
Editorial Department
Marie-Hélène Bourget .... digital intermediate technician
Arthur Montreuil .... film timer
Julien Tremblay .... digital intermediate technician
Music Department
Cali DeWitt .... music supervisor
Margaret Saadi Kramer .... music clearance
Bryan Ray Turcotte .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Sylvain Buteau .... picture car coordinator
Sylvain Buteau .... transportation captain
Other crew
Holly Baird .... assistant production coordinator
Shelly Bowes-Cherry .... assistant production coordinator (as Shelly Bowes)
Jason Bryant .... stand-in
Alex D'Lerma .... adr actor
Lisa Falk .... script supervisor
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Tibo Galbois .... post production coordinator
Natasha Getz .... assistant to producers
Joel Goldes .... dialect coach: post-production
Adam Harding .... producer: EPK
Glenda Huynink .... set tutor
Vandana Jain .... post accounting
Kathleen McInnis .... unit publicist
Terry Mialkowsky .... location manager
Nathan Mosewich .... assistant location manager
Dennis Moyer .... armorer
Pam Simons .... production coordinator
Jon Tewksbury .... pre-production assistant
Hanneke Van der Tas .... legal advisor

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to Jennifer Chambers Lynch, the film was originally about witches.See more »
Miscellaneous: The closing credits state that the cast is listed in alphabetical order, but Daryl Haney's name is listed after Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, and Pell James (despite the fact that it precedes all of them alphabetically).See more »
[first lines]
Elizabeth Anderson:You're never going to sleep again.
Sam Hallaway:That's the point.
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Scary thriller with an unfortunate and sloppy finale, 21 November 2010
Author: Samiam3 from Canada

Jennifer Chambers Lynch, one would assume had been nursing her pride from the dreadful reception of her debut, Boxing Helena. Fifteen years later she releases Surveillance. This one, a murder mystery, is a major improvement but it still has problems. It is a well-crafted seventy minute movie with a remaining twenty minutes of clumsiness, bad writing and a twist which unfortunately is predictable. The movie comes apart when it needs to come together, and the result is medium good, when it could have been very good.

FBI agents Anderson and Halloway for months have been investigating a series of interstate serial killings. The latest chapter in their investigation brings the stories of two odd-ball cops, a dis-communal family on a road trip, and a couple of coke-snorting kids, together in Rashomon fashion.

I like the way Surveillance plays out. Lynch keeps everything slow and mannered, unlike Boxing Helena which is over-blown from the beginning. Lynch is able to keep the film under control, but unfortunately is unable to pull the wool over the viewer's eyes. The answers we are looking for become obvious too quickly, making one question whether her intention was to have the viewer fooled or not. Survaillance is not designed to be conventional thriller. It is too deep and psychological for that, but it sort of ends like one.

If I was gonna label Surveillance in a word, it would be 'bitter'. When it's over, you come to realize that none of the characters (save one or two small roles) are all that respectable. Lynch's screenplay breaks them down into those who mistreat and those who get mistreated, sometimes both. On a positive note it contributes significantly to the drama or tension of the picture. There is a major lack of heart to the film, although at the same time, there is a certain lack of credibility as a side effect. Any attempt to explain may be a spoiler so I wont go that far, but that raises another question...

If I don't intend to spoil it, does that mean I am recommending it? Well, truth be told, I didn't dislike Surveillance. It is eerie and grim, which is certain a plus for a thriller, but the outcome is kind of disappointing. My advice: watch it only if you are curious, but it is not a movie that needs to be seen.

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