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The Public Eye (1972)

Follow Me! (original title)
When a straight-laced British accountant marries a free-spirited American, he starts trying to change her. His wife doesn't keep regular hours, so he suspects an affair and hires a ... See full summary »

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Peter Shaffer (play), Peter Shaffer (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mia Farrow ... Belinda
Topol ... Julian Cristoforou
Michael Jayston ... Charles
Margaret Rawlings ... Mrs. Sidley
Annette Crosbie ... Miss Framer
Dudley Foster Dudley Foster ... Mr. Mayhew
Michael Aldridge ... Sir Philip Crouch
Michael Barrington ... Mr. Scrampton
Neil McCarthy ... Parkinson
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Storyline

When a straight-laced British accountant marries a free-spirited American, he starts trying to change her. His wife doesn't keep regular hours, so he suspects an affair and hires a detective (Topol). The wife notices she is being followed, and maintaining their distance she and the detective explore London for 10 days in a game of follow-the-leader without ever exchanging a word. Written by A. Farley

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All about love...marriage...and how to enjoy both!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Public Eye See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In January 1964 Variety noted that Ross Hunter bought the screen rights to Peter Shaffer s play and hired Mike Nichols to direct, and in February 1965 Daily Variety announced that Julie Andrews was to star. In December 1965 The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the production would be delayed because Nichols was tied up editing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). In June 1967 Nichols and Andrews dropped out of the project, and Hunter made a deal with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to star in the picture. Their contract granted them the right to approve the director and third lead; at the time Paul Scofield and Dirk Bogarde were being considered for the third lead. Burton and Taylor withdrew from the project after not being able to agree upon a suitable director. See more »

Quotes

Julian Cristoforou: Would you like a macaroon?
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Connections

Features Romeo and Juliet (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Follow Follow
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
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Masterpiece, but difficult to find
9 November 2005 | by honohSee all my reviews

This is one of the all-time masterpieces directed by Carol Reed. Mia Farrow is fascinating, Topol is funny and tender-hearted, and John Barry's music is simply superb. Peter Shaffer's script is charming with a good twist and warmth, which I actually prefer to his other (more popular but colder) works.

I'm very surprised to find out that it's never been released as Video or DVD. Is there any copyright issue here? Anyway, we should complain to Universal and urge them to resolve the problem and release DVD as soon as possible. Many people are waiting in a long line to watch it again!


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