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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Darcy Meyers (story), David Elliot (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Campbell
Marisa Tomei ... Polly
Keanu Reeves ... Griffin
Ernie Hudson ... Ibby
Chris Ellis ... Hollis
Robert Cicchini ... Mitch
Yvonne Niami ... Lisa
Jenny McShane ... Diana (as Jennifer McShane)
Gina Alexander Gina Alexander ... Sharon
Rebekah Nanfria Rebekah Nanfria ... Ellie (as Rebakah Louise Smith)
Joseph Sikora ... Skater (as Joe Sikora)
Jillian Peterson ... Jessica
Michele DiMaso Michele DiMaso ... Rachel (as Michelle Dimaso)
Andrew Rothenberg ... Jack Fray
David Pasquesi ... Norton


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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Universal reportedly paid $5 million to acquire the North American distribution rights of this movie. See more »


In the beginning of the movie Joel Campbell is doing a voice over David Allen Griffin's dancing as a flash forward; David Allen Griffin is dancing to the Rob Zombie song "Dragula". At the end of the movie, when the scene occurs it's a different Rob Zombie song. He is now dancing to "How To Make A Monster". See more »


Joel Campbell: It's never quite that easy. You go through the door, and they're never just sitting there waiting for you with a welcoming smile on their face. best you can do is hope they fuck up and do what you can to be there when they do.
Dr. Polly Beilman: And then blame yourself for the killings?
Joel Campbell: Oh, no. I blame the asshole who did them.
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Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, Adrian Utley
Performed by Portishead
Courtesy of Go! Beat/London Records 90 Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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predictable, yet enertaining
10 September 2000 | by nashvillephotosoulSee all my reviews

"The Watcher" will not win any awards for originality and unpredictable storylines. This is not to say that "The Watcher" is a bad movie because it isn't.

I'm not huge fans of James Spader or Keanu Reeves; however, that didn't stop me from watching this film. I'm glad I went because not only did I enjoy this film, I have come to enjoy Spader and Reeves as actors.

Keanu Reeves takes a departure from his usual good guy persona to portray a serial killer. He does such a great job, I asked myself why was this the first movie he portrayed a villain because he was so good at it.

"The Watcher" offers nothing new in way of plot but it does have performances turned in by Reeves and Spader that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

While predictable, I was on the edge of my seat hoping certain scenes would not evolve the way they did; even though, I knew what was going to happen, it was enjoyable to watch how it would unfold. I found the methods that the serial killer used to be incredible because of the unique way he went about carrying them out.

Overall, "The Watcher was a movie that can be summed up in one word: EXCITING. I give this film a 7 out of 10.

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Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,062,295, 10 September 2000

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