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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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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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France | West Germany

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French | English | German

Release Date:

April 1982 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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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Harvey Keitel wears a Seiko watch. See more »

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

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Robert De Beauleac's Lament
Written by Antoine Duhamel, Produced by Gabriel Boustiani
Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
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Great flick, Romy Schneider's last film and Harvey Keitel is wonderful.
22 October 1999 | by rosie-56See all my reviews

I saw this film in May 1980, loved it, and immediately became a Harvey Keitel and Romy Schneider fan. I was shocked and saddened to read the next week in the newspaper that Romy Schneider had died suddenly. This was haunting -- especially since in this film she plays a woman who is dying and just wants to be left alone. Harvey Keitel plays a reporter working for a TV station who wants to up their ratings by filming raw drama. Harvey follows her, befriends her, and secretly films her on the run as she falls sicker and falls in love with Harvey. There are wonderful twists in the plot and technology ground breakers. Harvey has a camera lens implanted in his eye but the side effect is that he can never sleep. When I saw the Truman Show, it reminded me of this film from so long ago whose treatment of the subject matter (filming someone's life who is unaware of the fact) was such a new and exciting concept. Check this film out. You will not be disappointed!


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