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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

X (original title)
A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Robert Dillon (screenplay), Ray Russell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Dr. Xavier develops eye drops intended to increase the range of human vision, allowing one to see beyond the visible spectrum. Believing that testing on animals and volunteers will produce ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Dr. James Xavier
Diana Van der Vlis ... Dr. Diane Fairfax (as Diana van der Vlis)
Harold J. Stone ... Dr. Sam Brant
John Hoyt ... Dr. Willard Benson
Don Rickles ... Crane
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Storyline

Dr. James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) it also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but through the very fabric of reality! Written by Brennan Storr

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Suddenly he could see through clothes, flesh... and walls! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man with the X-Ray Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Working title: "X" See more »

Goofs

The first x-ray that Dr. Xavier quizzes Dr. Fairfax with is normal chest x-ray. There is no bullet anywhere on that film. Bullets show up very well on x-rays. See more »

Quotes

Dr. James Xavier: I'm blind to all but a tenth of the universe.
Dr. Sam Brant: My dear friend, only the gods see everything.
Dr. James Xavier: My dear doctor, I'm closing in on the gods.
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Referenced in Mean Streets (1973) See more »

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This movie still entrances 40+ years later
10 October 2006 | by jikerbauSee all my reviews

I just (finally) saw this film a few days ago, after years of hearing about it. The screening was the final show of a three-day SF/horror film festival. After three days of films, most people were feeling a bit loopy and ready for some light entertainment. As X opened, quite a few members of the audience started treating it as an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, shouting out their own (generally lame) joke comments in response to the film. I was annoyed, because I'd been looking forward to this film all weekend (although, in their defense, certain lines have become unintentionally loaded in the comparatively sexually liberated 21st century).

What I found fascinating was that, by 15 minutes into the movie, all the commentary stopped. Once the film moved beyond the talky opening scenes and stilted dialog, once the story really got going, everyone was drawn into it. They actually paid attention to the movie instead of each other.

As SF cinema goes, this is definitely one of the more entertaining, thoughtful, and intelligent examples (and intelligent SF film is a dying genre). This one goes well beyond the standard mad scientist formula.


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