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Close My Eyes (1991)

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Poliakoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Sinclair
Clive Owen ... Richard
Saskia Reeves ... Natalie Bryant
Karl Johnson ... Colin
Lesley Sharp ... Jessica
Kate Gartside ... Paula
Karen Knight Karen Knight ... Philippa
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Geof
Campbell Morrison Campbell Morrison ... Scotsman
Annie Hayes Annie Hayes ... Receptionist
Maxwell Hutcheon Maxwell Hutcheon ... Interviewee
Geraldine Somerville ... Natalie's Boss
Helen FitzGerald ... Scottish Girl
Christopher Barr Christopher Barr ... Noley
Gordon Salkilld Gordon Salkilld ... Hotel Porter
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Storyline

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. Their private intensity (& working class origins) contrast with the middle-class, inhibited, stuffy public scenes we see in the Richmond world into which Natalie has moved with her marriage. As the guilt and intensity of the siblings increases we seem to be heading for disaster, especially when Natalie's husband Sinclair finds out. Written by Moray McConnachie <cerberus@ermine.ox.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

There are some relationships so taboo they're irresistible.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Com os Olhos Fechados See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$135,893
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Close My Eyes (1991) reworks many of the themes from Stephen Poliakoff's stage play 'Hitting Town.' There's still the plot of a torrid, brother/sister love affair, but it includes the upheaval of the London Docklands development, the late 80s recession, and the AIDS scare, which had just emerged out into the open. See more »

Goofs

When Natalie and Richard are fighting on the country lane, there is a rip in the right shoulder of her jacket. When they get back to the party, the rip has gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Natalie: You're late.
Richard: Sorry, it was unavoidable, trains on Sunday, you know what they're like.
Natalie: Unavoidable? I don't believe it. I've eaten all the food.
Richard: You've eaten all the food? Now that's serious.
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Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Bianca
(uncredited)
Music by Dick Walter
KPM Music Ltd
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Alan Rickman fans start here.
16 October 2001 | by DadgeSee all my reviews

I'm surprised this movie isn't rated higher - I can't think of anyone who's seen it who hasn't liked it. Women who see it are all mesmerised by Alan Rickman, who rather steals the show. For many women this was their first taste of Rickman, and it was love at first sight! He _is_ good, and he's cast in an interesting role (Saskia Reeves cheats on him when she has an affair with her brother, played by Clive Owen, who was probably more famous than Rickman at the time because he'd recently starred in a very successful TV drama series). The incest plot is treated very well - the script, acting and direction are excellent. The whole situation is set up so as not to shock, but to make us think, and I think the film succeeds.


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