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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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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 ... 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

Both Joe Pesci and Barbara Hershey have worked with 'Martin Scorsese'. See more »

Goofs

When Kay leafs through Bernstein' photo album, there is picture of a New York City taxi with a rectangular roof light which displays not only the word "Taxi" but also whether the taxi is off duty and its medallion number. Those signs did not come into service until the 1960s. In the 1940s, when the movie is set, New York City taxis used a variety of curved roof lights used in most other cities. See more »

Quotes

Leon (Bernzy) Bernstein: Everybody loves to have their picture took. Everybody.
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Connections

Referenced in Dave's World: The Insecurity System (1993) 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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One of my favorite movies -- about a person from the history of photography
15 June 2003 | by pksky1See all my reviews

Without actually researching Bernstein's history, I'll say this movie is a true story. Certainly his work is historically portrayed. Anyone who has ever admired the work of photographers or aspired to photography themselves must see this film. And the story is absolutely fantastic. Certainly, reality is frequently a more exciting subject matter then fantasy in movies.

This is also an excellent slice of life from the WWII period of US history. It is a subject all too often ignored in favor of war movies set in Europe. "The Summer of '42" is another interesting period piece.

Hat's off to Joe Pesci for his excellent performance in this film.


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