The Cry of the Owl (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  19 August 2009 (France)
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A troubled young man retreats from the big city and his ex-wife for the tranquility of a small town. He is drawn into a relationship with a young woman whose boyfriend goes missing, leaving the new arrival as a suspect.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forrester
Jenny Thierolf
Karl Pruner ...
Mr. Jaffe
Phillip MacKenzie ...
Lavigne Client
Jack Neilson
Greg Wyncoop
R.D. Reid ...
Mr. Kolbe
Nickie Grace
Robert's Lawyer (as Constantine Alex Karzis)
Marcia Laskowski ...
Nickie's Lawyer
Sally Nielson
Robbie Campbell ...
Walt Neilson
Susie Escham


A young woman becomes inexplicably attracted to a man who is stalking her. When her boyfriend goes missing, the stalker is the immediate suspect, until a game of jealousy and betrayal turns deadly. Written by Anonymous

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What would you do if someone was watching you?


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 August 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A bagoly kiáltása  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Scott Speedman was originally up for the role of Greg Wyncoop. See more »


After Robert's landlord inquires about Robert moving out, a city shot is shown. The city shot is filmed in Seattle, near the I-90/I-5 interchange...with the Smith Tower off to the left. See more »


References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


The Goldberg Variations
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Exceptional and Very Under-rated
2 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Coming from the viewpoint of a person who had neither heard of this movie or known of the novel, I was pleasantly surprised. The story in itself was cleverly presented by exceptional acting. This is not a Hollywood blockbuster by any means but was effective. The music and cinematography were nothing special but still feel like this complimented a compelling story. After watching I do feel like there were a few psychological undertones to this film that leave you with an uneasy feeling while watching. All of the characters were highly developed and nearing the end you will understand what I mean. For a movie many have never heard of, I would recommend it without a doubt.

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