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Death Watch (1980)

La mort en direct (original title)
R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | April 1982 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Katherine Mortenhoe
... Roddy
... Vincent Ferriman
... Tracey
... Gerald Mortenhoe (as Max Von Sydow)
... Girl in the Bar
... Dr.Mason (as William Russel)
Vadim Glowna ... Harry Graves
... Dr.Klausen
... Katherine's Dad (as Bernard Wicki)
Freddie Boardley ... Technician
... Limosine driver
Julian Hough ... Young doctor
Peter Kelly ... Technician
Boyd Nelson ... Policeman
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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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Dedicated to Jacques Tourneur. See more »

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Katherine Mortenhoe: Everything's of interest, but nothing matters.
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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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sci-fi without the hardware
13 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Science fiction films in recent years have been noticeably lacking both credible science and original fiction, but this multi-national production is a startling exception, presenting a complex tale of emotional manipulation that engages the imagination without the crutch of special effects. The intriguing plot, set in a recognizable near future where medical advances have completely eliminated the threat of natural death, follows a young volunteer (Harvey Keitel) who after having experimental micro-cameras implanted into his eyes agrees to follow a woman known to have a rare, incurable disease, in order to record on video her final days for the entertainment of a desensitized and nostalgic TV audience. Despite the morbid premise (anticipating by two decades the current glut of tacky, ersatz 'reality TV' programming) it's a surprisingly life-affirming movie, maintaining a mood of cautious optimism even while prophesying dark days just around the corner.


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