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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

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Korean

Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye for an Eye See more »

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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

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was made and released about fifteen years after the similarly titled Chuck Norris actioner An Eye for an Eye (1981) except that this movie dropped the "An" from the title as per the name of the film's source 1993 Erika Holzer novel "Eye For An Eye". See more »

Goofs

In the other rape scene in the film, the Spanish woman is being assaulted on the table. When Kiefer Sutherland flips her over and she is facing down, the camera breaks to a different point of view and in the mirror reflection, she is clearly on her back again, legs kicking in the air. Then with another cutback she prone, face down on the table. See more »

Quotes

Robert Doob: Come on mother fucker. Blow my fucking head off, five people watched you come here. Show me you've got some balls.
[sing-song to the tune of "Ring Around The Collar"]
Robert Doob: Pull the fucking trigger.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Shining Road
Written by A. Shaw/J. Shaw
Performed by Cranes
Courtesy of Dedicated/Artista Records, inc.
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Make sure you have a Strong Stomach for this rape scene.
1 October 2007 | by dbkariSee all my reviews

This movie has been reviewed into overkill by many others on this board, so I will spare you another home-viewer's two thumbs down. However I would like to state that I am EXTREMELY surprised that no one has commented about the actual rape scene itself. I can remember watching this as a kid on Lifetime, and years later still remembering that scene to a chilling degree. In most cases for rape scenes, (at least the ones aired on television) they only get from the waist up in the shot. In this particular scene, the camera is aimed straight ahead at the rapist in a sitting position on the floor with the young girl laying out in front of him. Although there is no nudity involved, the scene is VERY graphic in nature. I don't know how in the world they got that girl to play out the scene so well, but I could actually feel her pain, as depicted in her face and screaming from being ripped apart. It was enough make me sick my stomach then as a child, and now as an adult.


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