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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

X (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 April 1965 (Sweden)
A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

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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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... Dr. James Xavier
... Dr. Diane Fairfax (as Diana van der Vlis)
... Dr. Sam Brant
... Dr. Willard Benson
... Crane
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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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This film originally had a five-minute prologue about the human senses. This prologue was removed from all post-theatrical prints of the film, and may have been removed from some of the theatrical release prints. This reduced the running time to 79 minutes. The footage still exists. See more »

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In the hospital, Dr. Xavier sees through bandages, but sees his friends dressed. See more »

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Preacher: Are you a sinner? Do you wish to be saved?
Dr. James Xavier: Saved? No. I've come to tell you what I see. There are great darknesses. Farther than time itself. And beyond the darkness... a light that glows, changes... and in the center of the universe... the eye that sees us all.
[Looks up at the sky]
Dr. James Xavier: No!
Preacher: You see sin and the devil! But the lord has told us what to do about it. Said Matthew in Chapter Five, "If thine eye offends thee... pluck it out!"
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Still Odd To See Someone Like Milland In This!
21 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was the typically-hokey-but fun Roger Corman film but one that keeps your interest most the way and at least stars a famous classic-era actor: Ray Milland. One actually wonders what an actor of Milland's status would doing in a B Grade B-type sci-fi movie like this. For someone who had admired Milland's work for many years, it just seems odd for me to see him in a small-budget film. Maybe things got tough for him near the end of his career and he would take most any role. I don't know, and I'm not judging.....just curious why he took this role. I do know having him in the movie elevates it and the dialog isn't as cheesy as one would expect in a 1950-ish sci-fi horror story made in the '60s.

Comedian Don Rickles playing a greedy criminal guy was another odd cast selection, but, he, too, was fun to watch.

Corman was smart to keep this at a respectable 79 minutes. Had it gone on longer, it would have started to drag. It would be interesting to see this film done with today's special-effects.


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