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.


Bertrand Tavernier


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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 ... 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


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 <>

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


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Dedicated to Jacques Tourneur. See more »


Vincent Ferriman: Look how shy we've become about death. It's the new pornography.
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Harvey Keitel wears a Seiko watch. See more »


References X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) See more »


Roddy's Progress
Written by Antoine Duhamel, Produced by Gabriel Boustiani
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
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cult movie shot in Glasgow- Scotland in 1979
9 March 2001 | by nellyd23See all my reviews

This film was shot in my home town, Glasgow, in 1979. Since then it has rarely been seen and indeed I only saw it myself for the first time this year. Our local arthouse cinema, the Glasgow Film Theatre, screened a one off presentation of what was alleged to be the last print in existence. Though the print itself was old and worn the film blew me away with its futuristic storyline, fantastic cast and phenomenal locations. It captures Glasgow as it was in the late 70's just before a period of great changes in the landscape of the city. Tavernier skillfully uses an environment that is full of eery imagery - graveyards, cranes and an industrial landscape that is grinding to a halt. The film also depicts a society fascinated with death. Harvey Keitel is excellent as the human camera that allows society the ultimate act of voyeurism - watching someone die on TV. Awesome. Someone, somewhere please commission

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April 1982 (USA) See more »

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