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Eye of the Beholder (1999)

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A private eye shadows a female serial killer of men all over the U.S. without her knowing as he, strangely enough, occasionally acts as her guardian angel.

Director:

Stephan Elliott

Writers:

Marc Behm (novel), Stephan Elliott (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Eye
Ashley Judd ... Joanna
Patrick Bergin ... Alexander Leonard
Geneviève Bujold ... Dr. Jeanne Brault
k.d. lang ... Hilary
Jason Priestley ... Gary
Anne-Marie Brown Anne-Marie Brown ... Lucy Wilson
Kaitlin Brown Kaitlin Brown ... Lucy Wilson
David Nerman ... Mickey Argyle
Steven McCarthy ... Paul Hugo
Vlasta Vrana ... Mr. Hugo Sr.
Janine Theriault ... Nathy
Don Jordan ... Toohey
Maria Revelins Maria Revelins ... Ms. Keenan
Lisa Forget Lisa Forget ... Nurse
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Storyline

British Consulate investigator Det. Stephen Wilson, a.k.a. the Eye, comes across a disturbed lady serial-killer while on an otherwise mundane assignment. Already a bit psychologically fragile from his wife's abrupt removal of herself and their daughter from his life (with the lingering memory of his daughter haunting him like a manifest ghost), his psychosis as a displaced dad dovetails with the femme fatale's psychosis as an abandoned daughter (crying "Merry Christmas, Daddy" over her expired victims). A bond forms, or, rather, an obsession, as the Eye abandons his job to secretively stalk this mysterious woman full-time as she visits many major U.S. cities under various names, leaving numerous victims. Written by statmanjeff

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Obsession is in the eye of the beholder.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality, language and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Urban Cinefile (Australia)

Country:

Canada | UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye of the Beholder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,959,447, 30 January 2000

Gross USA:

$16,500,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,589,705
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In his commentary on the DVD, writer/director Stephan Elliott said that he basically wanted to do the film for the scene where Joanna and the Eye are in neighboring rooms, bathing, and they touch through the wall. See more »

Goofs

The Chicago Police cars are blue and white, not red and white, as depicted in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Joanna: You like sharks?
Gary: I like the myths. They have limited memory. Maybe only a minute or two. Sounds like a pretty good life to me. Of course, the downside is they can never stop swimming. Even when they're asleep, they have to keep moving forward, 'cause if they stop even for a moment, they'll die.
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Crazy Credits

The main title of the film is a shot of Ewan McGregor's eye, with the words 'of the beholder' underneath it. See more »

Alternate Versions

Overseas prints are longer than U.S. prints; including extra scenes such as one with Jean and John Teodoro as doormen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Undeclared: God Visits (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Busker's Song
(The End of the World)
Performed by Dr. Robert
Produced by Marius De Vries
Saxophone by Oriol Singhji
Accordion by Marius De Vries
Guitar by Dr. Robert
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Flawed But Visually-Audibly Entertaining
22 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's an extremely stylish, different film panned by almost all the professional critics which means here's another example of why they should be ignored. You are better off reading the reviews of people here,

Being one who appreciates stylish film-making, I thoroughly enjoyed the images and the sound on this movie. I found it absolutely fascinating. Being a male, it doesn't hurt that Ashley Judd stars in it, either.

To be fair, I can see where the story would turn off a number of people.The co- lead, Ewan McGregory's character, is odd and not very credible. k.d. lang's character is unlikable, there is some stupid numerology as part of the story and the ending is unsatisfying .

Yet, despite the above, the story is very involving and the visuals and sound (5.1 surround) are just so good that they outweigh the negatives. The movie flat-out entertains, which is the name of the game.


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