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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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Tim Blake Nelson
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Obsessions See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Minnow Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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A tragic story that asks, "Why, God?"
14 September 2000 | by gusaldenSee all my reviews

Eye of God, a suspenseful and painfully real story as narrated by Hal Holbrook who plays the town sherriff of an oil town in Oklahoma. He speaks of the story of Abraham & Isaac from the Old Testament with an air of sad resignation and cynicism. His faith in God has been eroded by a harrowing event and he is obviously bitter over it. I would venture to say the screenplay writer has a bone or two to pick with God, and having just seen this film, it's easier than ever for me to say rightfully so. This movie asks over and over again, "Why, God?"

A local 14 year old boy has just been found by the local cops, in the woods by the lake, completely covered in blood, and in a state of speechless shock. The blood is not his. It's quite evident that he's been witness to a murder.

As the story unfolds, it becomes quite evident early on in the movie what the outcome of this tragic story is going to be, but this doesn't detract from the suspense created by the film one iota. Wonderfully directed, the story is presented in fragmented pieces of time and space, like the pieces of a jig saw puzzle. You may already have a good idea what it's going to look like when it's all been put together, but the process of putting the pieces together is what keeps the viewer intently interested all the way to the seemingly inevitable conclusion.

A very well told story, socially relevent, well directed, well cast and wonderfully acted. Martha Plimpton is fabulous in her role as the carrier of the eye of God. 9.5/10


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