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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.

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers:

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 ... 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 | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to co-Writer and Director Bertrand Tavernier, the young boy playing football in the park sequence is David, Romy Schneider's son, who died by accident a couple of years later. See more »

Quotes

Katherine Mortenhoe: Everything's of interest, but nothing matters.
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Crazy Credits

Harvey Keitel wears a Seiko watch. See more »

Connections

References The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »

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Katherine's Progress
Written by Antoine Duhamel, Produced by Gabriel Boustiani
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
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great film
26 February 2000 | by zazu-6See all my reviews

I don't know if it is on video, but I wish I could watch this film again, after 20 years the idea still feels fresh and alive. even though there is truman show, it is not even getting close to the greatness of this film. Today, I have told a writer who is working on a cyberfilm script, to go watch this film first. technology is only a tool (most scifi films tend to forget) in telling the story of 2 suffering souls. The humans are not lost behind the scifi gimmicks, the film is about us humans. watch this film, you really won't be disappoi


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