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One Hour Photo (2002)

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A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

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Mark Romanek

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Mark Romanek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Seymour Parrish
Connie Nielsen ... Nina Yorkin
Michael Vartan ... Will Yorkin
Dylan Smith ... Jakob Yorkin
Erin Daniels ... Maya Burson
Paul Hansen Kim ... Yoshi Araki
Lee Garlington ... Waitress
Gary Cole ... Bill Owens
Marion Calvert Marion Calvert ... Mrs. Von Unwerth
David Moreland David Moreland ... Mr. Siskind
Shaun P. O'Hagan Shaun P. O'Hagan ... Young Father
Jim Rash ... Amateur Porn Guy
Nick Searcy ... Repairman
Dave Engfer Dave Engfer ... Sav-Mart Clerk
Jimmy Shubert ... Soccer Coach
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Storyline

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. Written by Huggo

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The things that we fear the most have already happened to us... See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Retratos de una obsesión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$321,515, 25 August 2002

Gross USA:

$31,597,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,223,306
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Dolby | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In preparation for his role, Robin Williams trained for two and a half days at a photo developing training facility in Southern California on an Agfa MSC 101-D photo developing machine. See more »

Goofs

On the Monday when Sy introduces his regular customers, when we first meet Mr. Siskind, the same two customers appear to walk the same path over again between the shots of him and Sy. Next when we meet Mrs. Van Unworth, the same thing happens: We see two customers who walk a specific path once, and then over again between shots implying they are walking along pre-marked paths. See more »

Quotes

Jake Yorkin: When someone seems sad and don't have any friends, it makes me feel bad for them.
Nina Yorkin: Who is sad and doesn't have any friends?
Jake Yorkin: Sy!
Nina Yorkin: The Photo Guy at the one hour place? Well, we really don't know that much about him, do we? He might even have a lot of friends. He probably has a girlfriend and a mommy and daddy, who love him.
Jake Yorkin: I don't think he does.
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Alternate Versions

An early cut of the film had several differences than the theatrical version.
  • The opening Fox Searchlight logo briefly becomes a negative image as it fades out. This is obviously a reference to picture negatives.
  • An alternate prologue before the main titles featured a narration by Williams on the red eye effect in human's and animals, while a photo of a family with red eyes, footage of animals with this effect and video of what's happening in the eye when this happens.
  • There was also a scene near the end where a police detective reviews the pictures Sy took of Will & Maya at the hotel. In the theatrical version these photos were never shown and it was left in question whether they were actually taken.
  • The argument between Sy and the photo machine repair guy was extended.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Written and Performed by Tim Heintz
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subtle but chilling portrayal of madness
29 September 2002 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Robin Williams gives what may well be the performance of his career in `One Hour Photo,' a creepy psychological thriller written and directed with cool precision by Mark Romanek. Given its premise, the film could easily have degenerated into a sordid, exploitative tale of obsession and madness. Instead, Romanek has chosen to take a more subtle approach, fashioning a film that downplays the potential violence of its material while, at the same time, recognizing the humanity of its central figure.

Romanek understands that the greatest threats to our safety and lives often come from the gray, nondescript people who surround us unnoticed, the `nobodies' whose benign faces and vacuous smiles reveal no trace of the insanity, evil and potential for doing us harm that may be lurking right there under the surface. And nobody is `grayer' than Si Parrish, an innocuous, socially undeveloped milquetoast who spends his days working as a photo developer in one of those sterile five-and-dime drug stores (just like the one in `The Good Girl') - and his nights sitting all alone in his drab apartment brooding over a massive family-photo shrine he has erected to the Yorkins, a seemingly happy family of three whose pictures Si has been developing, copying and obsessing over for more than seven years now. The film centers around Si's growing fixation with this one family and his delusional belief that he too could somehow become an integral part of their family unit. Then comes the day when Si realizes that he is no longer content to be a mere vicarious member of this adopted family and, thus, begins his plan to gradually insinuate himself more and more directly into their lives.

As both writer and director, Romanek manages to keep us in a state of vague uneasiness throughout. We are always anticipating some potentially dreadful event, yet Romanek doesn't go for the easy thrill or the obvious plot turn. Thanks to Williams' subtle, incisive performance, we come to understand something of what makes this strange character tick. We begin to sense the deep-seated loneliness and social awkwardness that have come to play such an important part in defining both his behavior and his character. Si is scary, but he is also pathetic. He may have slipped over the edge into madness, but it is a pathology rooted in overwhelming loneliness and the inability to `fit in' to the societal `norm' of marriage and family. Even when his character is at his most threatening and irrational, Williams somehow makes us care about him.

Romanek hits upon a few ancillary themes as well. He acknowledges how photos create the appearance of a life without necessarily reflecting the reality of that life. Most people, Si confesses, record only the `special, happy' moments of their lives – birthdays, weddings, holidays etc. and leave out the mundane or painful ones. Moreover, Si tells us that people use pictures as a way of defeating aging and time, of saying to the world of the future that `I', this seemingly insignificant person, was really here, being happy and enjoying life. To match this theme, Romanek's visual style often feels like the director's own personal homage to The Photograph, as the camera scans caressingly across a sea of snapshots – and Si's voiceover narration complements that feeling.

`One Hour Photo' is not a film for those who like their chills heavily laced with bloodshed, murder and mayhem. It is, rather, for those who can appreciate a quietly unsettling, yet strangely compassionate glimpse into the dark recesses of the troubled mind.


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