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Eye for an Eye (1996)

When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Erika Holzer (novel), Amanda Silver (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Karen McCann
Ed Harris ... Mack McCann
Olivia Burnette ... Julie McCann
Alexandra Kyle ... Megan McCann
Kiefer Sutherland ... Robert Doob
Joe Mantegna ... Detective Sergeant Denillo
Beverly D'Angelo ... Dolly Green
Darrell Larson ... Peter Green
Charlayne Woodard ... Angel Kosinsky
Philip Baker Hall ... Sidney Hughes
Keith David ... Martin
Wanda Acuna ... Redheaded Woman
Geoffrey Rivas ... Redheaded's Husband
Armin Shimerman ... Judge Younger
Natalija Nogulich ... Susan Juke (as Natalia Nogulich)
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Karen McCann's eldest daughter is raped and murdered whilst on the phone with her. When the case against Robert Doob, the perpetrator, is dismissed because of a technicality, she starts following him and sees how he checks out his next victim, a woman he delivers groceries to. She tells the police, but is only warned she must stop following Doob. When she tries to warn the woman, she is shooed out of the house. Doob, having found out that Karen is following him, threatens to do something to her youngest daughter. She then seeks help from a group of vigilantes connected to a support group, in order to shoot Doob. However, a friend from the support group turns out to be an FBI agent investigating the very vigilante activity Karen is involved in and warns her that she will go to jail for the rest of her life unless it is self-defense. In the meantime, tension grows between Karen and her husband Mack, because he finds out she has secretly been taking self-defense classes and has been ... Written by gerd86

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What do you do when justice fails? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and disturbing violence which includes rape | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Actor Joe Mantegna portrayed a character, Detective Sergeant Joe Denillo, who had the same first name as his own. See more »

Goofs

When her daughter practicing French correctly says, "Sur la table," Karen "corrects" her, insisting on, "Sur le table." This however is wrong and her daughter had been right the first time. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant DeNello: I know what you've done here.
Karen McCann: What?
Sergeant DeNello: I've been doing this a long time. You haven't fooled me.
Karen McCann: [Faking innocence] Prove it.
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Connections

Referenced in Frasier: High Crane Drifter (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuando Yo Muera
By Julia Alvarado and Jose R. Encarnacion Peralta
Performed by Grupo Wad
Courtesy of Sony Discos, Inc.
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Revenge-movie with a sinister edge!
6 July 2006 | by cal_ripley999See all my reviews

Karen is a normal woman living a normal upper class life with her husband and her two daughters until one day she calls home on her cell phone, and Julie (her 17 year old daughter) answers. Julie is preparing for her sister Megan's 6th birthday at the time of the call, and Karen is still talking to her when someone suddenly breaks into the house and attacks Julie. Trying to get another cell phone in order to call the police for help, Karen rushes home as fast as she can, and is devastated by what has happened. Julie was raped and murdered. After Julie's killer, Robert Doob,a supermarket deliveryman is unfairly released. Karen takes on a somewhat different perspective on life. She devotes her life to hunt down the man who killed her daughter and in order to find him, Karen has to descend into a world she never knew existed. EYE FOR AN EYE is a very dark film about obsession and revenge and the price everybody involved has to pay. It's not the kind of film that tries to deliver a vision of hope, but rather a sinister world of cynicism. The only escape for Karen (and everybody else) seems to be the kind of love Karen shows for her daughter Megan, her husband and her friends.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,968,044, 14 January 1996

Gross USA:

$26,877,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,877,589
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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