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Open Your Eyes (1997)

Abre los ojos (original title)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Noriega ... César
Penélope Cruz ... Sofía
Chete Lera ... Antonio
Fele Martínez ... Pelayo
Najwa Nimri ... Nuria
Gérard Barray ... Duvernois
Jorge de Juan ... Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela Miguel Palenzuela ... Commisario
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Médico Jefe
Ion Gabella Ion Gabella ... Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadiñanos Joserra Cadiñanos ... Guardia
Tristán Ulloa ... Camarero
Pepe Navarro Pepe Navarro ... Presentador T.V.
Jaro Jaro ... Médico 1
Walter Prieto Walter Prieto ... Médico 2
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Storyline

A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. Written by Mark Barrancos

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

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Country:

Spain | France | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Permanent Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Calle Gran Via, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title translates to "open your eyes," which is a repeated motif. See more »

Goofs

As César runs on an "empty" street at the beginning of the film, three people can be seen. One, a man in a blue shirt, standing in the bottom right corner of the frame, and two other people on a balcony above him. See more »

Quotes

[Repeated line.]
Nuria: Open your eyes.
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Connections

References Videodrome (1983) See more »

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Flying Away
Written by Marc Lee Brown, C. Franck, Nina Isabela Rocha Miranda
Performed by Smoke City
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Surprising
24 January 2001 | by zzzzzzipppSee all my reviews

I went into this movie with no reservations and was pleasantly astonished by it. I advise anyone else to do the same; it is not like the Matrix, it is not like Hitchcock, it simply exists in its own right.

The film attempts to be at least two movies in one. Unlike numerous attempts in the industry, it succeeds elegantly. I was drawn into the first part, the character portrait of the wealthy, shallow young man who undergoes a startling change... and then found myself swept up in a keenly sympathetic, psychological suspense film. Part of the success of the story is that it is centered primarily around several young, uncomplicated characters. In Hollywood, such characters in suspense films are usually knifed up within the first few pages of script.

I don't look for anything positive in the upcoming American remake, incidentally. This is a film with depth and yet simplicity, truth and fantasy. It is a pure pleasure to watch, and it simply can not be improved upon without becoming gaudy and confusing.


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