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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 »

Director:

Joe Charbanic

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Driven See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Spader actuality dislikes Vietnamese food. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Hollis: Hello, I am Lt. Hollis and welcome to my crime scene, can I help you with anything or are you just looking?
Joel Campbell: I'm Joel Campbell , I'm just on my way home...
Lt. Hollis: Did you happen to see that police tape marked do not cross on your way up...
Joel Campbell: If you're done with that I'll just take it and go...
Lt. Hollis: You don't happen to know this lady do you...
Joel Campbell: No, never. Why what's happened... she dead?
Lt. Hollis: I have made no reference to homicide... why would you hasten to such a conclusion?
Joel Campbell: Well you've got half the block taped off ...
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Connections

Referenced in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

DRAGULA
Written by Rob Zombie, Scott Humphrey
Performed by Rob Zombie
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not Predictable
25 August 2001 | by donnalee-1See 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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