A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.

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Stanley Kubrick

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Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Frederic Raphael (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Dr. William Harford
Nicole Kidman ... Alice Harford
Madison Eginton ... Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris Jackie Sawiris ... Roz
Sydney Pollack ... Victor Ziegler
Leslie Lowe Leslie Lowe ... Illona
Peter Benson Peter Benson ... Bandleader
Todd Field ... Nick Nightingale
Michael Doven ... Ziegler's Secretary
Sky du Mont ... Sandor Szavost (as Sky Dumont)
Louise J. Taylor Louise J. Taylor ... Gayle (as Louise Taylor)
Stewart Thorndike Stewart Thorndike ... Nuala
Randall Paul Randall Paul ... Harris
Julienne Davis ... Mandy
Lisa Leone Lisa Leone ... Lisa

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After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale--now a musician--who tells him of strange sex parties where he is required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself, but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. Written by garykmcd

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Cruise. Kidman. Kubrick.


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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material | See all certifications »

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Though often referred to as Stanley Kubrick's "unfinished masterpiece", the final edit of the film was actually presented to Warner Bros. (by Kubrick) a full four days before his death, though the score and other aspects were not finalized. See more »

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When Bill and Victor talk by the pool table, Victor's glass changes positions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Bill Harford: Honey, have you seen my wallet?
Alice Harford: Isn't it on the bedside table?
Dr. Bill Harford: Now listen, you know we're running a little late.
Alice Harford: I know. How do I look?
Dr. Bill Harford: Perfect.
Alice Harford: Is my hair okay?
Dr. Bill Harford: It's great.
Alice Harford: You're not even looking at it.
Dr. Bill Harford: It's beautiful. You always look beautiful.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the staff of Hamleys of London. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Europeans version is completely uncensored. The orgy scene was partially censored in the American release to avoid an "NC-17" rating. Computer generated people were placed in front of the sexually explicit action to obscure it from view. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cry Wolfe: Private Eyes Wide Shut (2015) See more »

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I Want a Boy for Christmas
(1995)
Performed by The Del-Vets
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Benjamin Page and Christopher Kiler
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd
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A World of Its Own
21 February 2013 | by kurosawakiraSee all my reviews

I remember when Kubrick passed away. I read it in the morning newspaper, and was struck with deep sadness I couldn't explain. Mind you, I was not even 12 years old at the time and had barely seen any of his films.

So I went to see "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) at the cinema. I credit it, along with Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" (1998), as an experience that ignited my interest in film, since they were both films like I had never seen before. Sure, there's that one reason why a young lad might be interested in this, but I was so struck by its atmosphere and narrative flow that I had to read Schnitzler's "Traumnovelle". And how disappointed I was in how unalike they were. The film was in a world of its own that had a sense of time that was its own, a sense of colour that was its own, a sense of light that was its own. Every movement was languid, every word deliberate.

I never really thought about the connection between this and Malick's film until now, but really, they both move in the realm of dreams and memories and projected, subjective realities – between something that did happen (to someone) and something that might have happened. There's ellipsis, ambiguity, metaphor. Both work their magic in visual terms. I'm soaked in that light from the ball even by recalling the images in my mind as I'm writing this.

Fidelio – enter.


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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,706,163, 18 July 1999

Gross USA:

$55,691,208

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,242,684
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