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Death Watch (1980)

La mort en direct (original title)
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In a future where dying of illness is exceedingly rare, a terminally ill woman becomes a celebrity and a man with camera implants goes to secretly record her for a morbid TV show.

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Bertrand Tavernier

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David Compton (novel), David Rayfiel | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Katherine Mortenhoe
Harvey Keitel ... Roddy
Harry Dean Stanton ... Vincent Ferriman
Thérèse Liotard ... Tracey
Max von Sydow ... Gerald Mortenhoe (as Max Von Sydow)
Caroline Langrishe ... Girl in the Bar
William Russell ... Dr.Mason (as William Russel)
Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna ... Harry Graves
Eva Maria Meineke ... Dr. Klausen
Bernhard Wicki ... Katherine's Dad (as Bernard Wicki)
Freddie Boardley Freddie Boardley ... Technician
Robbie Coltrane ... Limosine driver
Julian Hough Julian Hough ... Young doctor
Peter Kelly Peter Kelly ... Technician
Boyd Nelson Boyd Nelson ... Policeman
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Storyline

Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television Producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular television series, "Death Watch". Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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She's the target of every eye...including eyes only science could create.

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Watch See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dedicated to Jacques Tourneur. See more »

Quotes

Roddy: A toy to end all toys.
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Harvey Keitel wears a Seiko watch. See more »

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References The Masque of the Red Death (1964) See more »

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Tragedy Mrs Mortenhoe
Written by Antoine Duhamel, Produced by Gabriel Boustiani
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
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Prescient dark film - how long 'til we're watching "Deathwatch"?
6 December 2003 | by fwathertonSee all my reviews

This movie foretold the downside of the "reality TV" craze twenty years before it happened. Wonderful brooding cinematography around greater Glasgow at its most depressed. This is definitely a film which deserves to be in greater circulation and better known than it currently is. Romy Schneider's last film, ironically enough, and an excellent very real performance in a fairly artsy 70s vein. I should note I saw this in Glasgow some years ago, and it was the European cut, not what sounds to be a bowdlerized American version which misses some of the point.


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