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Eye of God (1997)

We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Kay Place ... Claire Spencer
Nick Stahl ... Tom Spencer
Chris Freihofer ... Les Hector
Woody Watson ... Glen Briggs
Martha Plimpton ... Ainsley DuPree
Margo Martindale ... Dorothy
Kevin Anderson ... Jack Stillings
Wally Welch ... R.J. Prichard
Larry Flynn Larry Flynn ... Jim Nutter
Richard Jenkins ... Willard Sprague
Maggie Moore Maggie Moore ... Janice
Vernon Grote Vernon Grote ... Fast Food Customer
Gary Ragland ... Lee
Hal Holbrook ... Sheriff Rogers
Carolyn Wickwire ... Mrs. Rogers
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We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told out of normal time sequence, showing us brief glimpses of the beginning, middle and end of the two stories in seemingly random order. One story concerns Ainsley DuPree, who meets and marries her prison pen pal Jack. The other story begins with the discovery of a mute and bloody teenager, found wandering and in shock in the middle of the night, and the efforts of the town sheriff to determine what happened to him. As the film unfolds these tales, the viewer is confronted with questions of the existence and mercy of God and the hopelessness of being alone and adrift in an indifferent world. Written by Sean Parlaman <seanpar@efn.org>

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Sometimes a leap of faith can be deadly.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language and depiction of abortion | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Beyond Obsessions See more »

Filming Locations:

Collinsville, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Minnow Pictures See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Sheriff Rogers: Faith. God tells a man to sacrifice his own son. The man has faith, and he will do it. He doesn't ask why. Maybe Abraham, as he binds his son, knows why they are there. I don't anymore.
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Compelling
7 June 2004 | by msfilmmakerSee all my reviews

This film is beautifully crafted. Rarely has a jagged time line film been so engaging (films like Memento and 21 Grams copy this style, and only 21 Grams does it well).

Far from the over-produced fluff Hollywood is famous for churning out - you shouldn't expect your food to be chewed for you here. This is a movie for thinkers. Granted, very early in the film, you know what has happened, but this isn't a "whodunit" or a murder mystery so much as a highly evolved character study that moves with the grace of a swan in a dream. Despite the brutality, despite the violence of the content, the sublime performances and the delicacy of the director's touch enchant you. This is rockabye baby, until the cradle falls from the tree.

The acting, from all of the characters, is utterly flawless. You don't even see acting at all. It's hard not to feel like a voyeur peeking into this small town reality. The ending, as some others have commented, may be traumatic for those who have survived similar experiences. There are some visually brutal sequences and the camera is NOT merciful. You WILL experience everything right along with the characters... ...and then you will be left in silence.


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