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The Public Eye (1992)

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Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and is not getting involved until this time.

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Howard Franklin

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Howard Franklin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Pesci ... Leon Bernstein
Richard Riehle ... Officer O'Brien
Bryan Travis Smith ... Young Cop
Max Brooks ... Teen at Thompson Street
Richard Schiff ... Thompson Street Photographer
Laura Cerón ... Puerto Rican Woman
Chuck Gillespie Chuck Gillespie ... Cop at Puerto Rican Tenement
Christian Stolte ... Ambulance Attendant (as Christian Stolti)
Jack Denbo Jack Denbo ... Photo Editor
Ellen McElduff Ellen McElduff ... Lonely Woman at Drugstore
Marge Kotlisky Marge Kotlisky ... Rineman's Receptionist
Timothy Hendrickson Timothy Hendrickson ... Richard Rineman
Del Close Del Close ... H.R. Rineman
Henry Bolzon Henry Bolzon ... Cafe Society Photographer
Jared Harris ... Danny the Doorman
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Storyline

Leon Bernstein is New York's best news photographer in 1942, equally at home with cops or crooks. The pictures are often of death and pain, but they are the ones the others wish they had got. Then glamorous Kay Levitz turns to him when the Mob seem to be muscling in on the club she owns due to some arrangement with her late husband. Bernstein, none too successful with women, agrees to help, saying there may be some good photos in it for him. In fact, he is falling in love with Kay. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Murder. Scandal. Crime. No matter what he was shooting, "The Great Bernzini" never took sides, he only took pictures... Except once. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Testemunha Ocular See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,067,917
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Goldsmith wrote and recorded a score for this film, which was ultimately not used. See more »

Goofs

Burnsey's 35mm camera is either an Exakta V or VX. Those models were introduced in 1950 and 1951, respectively, and would not have been available during the 1940's. See more »

Quotes

Leon (Bernzy) Bernstein: Nobody does what I do. Nobody.
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Connections

References Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Embraceable You
(1928, first published 1930)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Roy Eldridge
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Wonderful Score, Definitely a Hidden Gem
3 April 2001 | by TomRMDSee all my reviews

Movies should be able to transport you to the time and place without much effort. "The Public Eye" does so. I saw this in -- of all places -- a redeye bus trip from New York to DC, and this only enhanced the viewing enjoyment. This is definitely a movie to "get into the mood" for 40's noir, down to the gritty life of the City After Dark.

This one keeps getting overlooked as one of the best of the 90's. See this one.


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