Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 6

Eye of the Beholder (11 Nov. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Eye of the Beholder (original title)

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A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal".

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Janet Tyler (under bandages)
William D. Gordon ...
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Nurse #2 - Reception
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Janet Tyler is in hospital having undergone treatment to make her look normal. It's her 11th trip to the hospital for treatment and she is desperate to look like everyone else. Some of her earliest childhood memories are of people looking away, horrified by her appearance. Her bandages will soon come off and she can only hope that this, her last treatment, will have done the trick. If not, her doctor has told she will be segregated with a colony of similar looking people. All that to say that truth is truly in the eye of the beholder. Written by garykmcd

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The Leader's hand-movements were meant to resemble the gestures made often during speeches by Adolf Hitler. See more »

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Before the post operation surgery is revealed, one of the doctor's faces, even though still in the shadows, is noticeable. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Suspended in time and space for a moment, your introduction to Miss Janet Tyler, who lives in a very private world of darkness, a universe whose dimensions are the size, thickness, length of a swath of bandages that cover her face. In a moment, we'll go back into this room, and also in a moment, we'll look under those bandages, keeping in mind, of course, that we're not to be surprised by what we see, because this isn't just a hospital, and this patient 307 is not just a ...
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Remade as The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder (2003) See more »

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THIS is what The Twilight Zone is all about!
8 March 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I've just finished watching this episode of The Twilight Zone, and am still trying to catch my breath. What I thought was going to turn out to be just a deviation on the French classic 'Eyes without a Face' turned out to be something much, much more! As the title suggests, this tale is based on the old saying 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and we are introduced to a woman dressed in bandages. She's in a hospital, and it soon becomes apparent that she is the victim of a horrible facial disfigurement. However, it seems she has undergone some of surgery to reverse the disability; and it's almost time for the bandages to be removed. This episode is great because it presents a real dream-like atmosphere, and it's easy to believe that this story really is taking place in the 'The Twilight Zone'. Our heroine is kept wrapped up in bandages for almost the entire running time, and with that in mind it's not unreasonable to expect a huge payoff once the bandages are removed. To say it delivers would be an enormous understatement - Eye of the Beholder gives the audience their due payoff and then some! I'm not going to say any more - just see this as soon as possible.


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