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The Watcher (2000)

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David is a serial killer of young women. Joel was in charge of catching him in LA. He moved to Chicago a broken man. So did David and sends him photos of his next victims 24 hours before the murders.


Joe Charbanic


Darcy Meyers (story), David Elliot (story) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't go home alone. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The Watcher was directed by Joe Charbanic, a buddy of Keanu who has also filmed the actor on tour with his rock band Dogstar. 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 »


David Allen Griffin: Why did you turn away from me? Why was it so hard for you to accept? Cos you know I did it for you. You came so close to me that night. I remember clearly what I felt when I heard your footsteps falling behind me. Pride. I thought it would keep us together forever. For me it was our finest moment. I can still see the flames.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Half Past Dead 2 (2011) See more »


Written and Performed by Sharkfin
Vocal by Holly Light
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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:

Driven See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,062,295, 10 September 2000

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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