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.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

One of the titles for the film, as suggested by Kubrick's co-writer, was "The Female Subject." See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Harford presents his doctor's license to Milich, his finger partially covers the license in one shot and not in the other. 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

In most non-English language versions translated copies of the letter Dr. Harford recieves when returning to the front gate of the house with the "forbidden party" and of the newspaper article about the ex-Miss N.Y., Mandy, were shot and replaced the original English text. See more »

Connections

References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Played at the department store
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Not for everyone!
14 October 2020 | by kefakevinSee all my reviews

I'm sure I'm not the only one watching this movie in 2020. I was too young to watch it in 1999, anyway. I think the movie was pretty good but it's not for everyone. It's the kind of a movie that you can really like or really hate. If you like movies that leaves you thinking about them like the likes of no country for old men or seven psychopaths, you will love Eyes wide shut. If you don't like such Movies, please keep away from it coz it will bore you. I still think it should have been shorter, though. 2 hours 40 minutes is a lot for the movie in my opinion.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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