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The Watcher (2000)

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David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Campbell
... Polly
... Griffin
... Ibby
... Hollis
... Mitch
... Lisa
... Diana (as Jennifer McShane)
Gina Alexander ... Sharon
... Ellie (as Rebakah Louise Smith)
... Skater (as Joe Sikora)
... Jessica
Michele DiMaso ... Rachel (as Michelle Dimaso)
... Jack Fray
... Norton
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David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations using his forensic knowledge to gain entry when she's quite alone, subdues her and administers a long, torturous death. Joel Campbell got so frustrated by his failure to capture Griffin in Los Angeles, that he quit the FBI, moved to Chicago, and remains in psychiatric therapy, unable to function normally. Then he realizes, when opening his mail very late, that a new murder victim is Griffin's, and the killer sent him pictures of her. Campbell reports this to the police, but is unwilling to join them in the search, suggesting Griffin is too slick and clever; yet he won't get out of it that easily. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,062,295, 10 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,927,720, 29 October 2000
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The film caused a bidding war between Universal Pictures, the now defunct Destination Films and Warner Brothers when the distribution rights were up for grabs, courtesy of the pic's independent financiers. Universal ended up winning the rights, but only just edged out Destination Films, who were eager to bag the film and have a potential hit, since all of their earlier films had been box-office misfires. See more »

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In the graveyard scene, the bottle of beer Griffin sets on the ground changes position (One moment the paper label on the bottle is showing, the next moment it isn't). See more »

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David Allen Griffin: [to Dr. Polly Beilman] Do you think... some of your patients might pay to come see you because... you're very pretty.
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Written and Performed by Sharkfin
Vocal by Holly Light
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Not Predictable
25 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Really enjoyed this movie. It is not in the least bit predictable, as so many thrillers seem to be. Fast paced & lots of action. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Many threads are woven throughout and they tie up towards the end of the movie so that most of our questions are answered.

Casting is great. Spader, our hero, is far from perfect & his obsession with catching 'his' man has had a disasterous affect on his life. He is a complex character who is introducted to us in stages- as the story unravels so does his life.

Reeves surprises in his portrayal of a psycho serial killer. He plays this guy with an eerie realism that see him really well cast here. We hear so many poor reviews of this guy's acting but I can't figure it. He is really believable in this role and shows once again that he can take any character and 'become' him; whether it is Neo in the Matrix or the lovable Ted from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

We enter the world of the serial killer & get to see his version of our reality. We follow the agent in a chase against time to stop the madness.

This movie is not run of mill. It is different & provocative. I highly recommend it.


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