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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.


Mark Romanek


Mark Romanek
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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 ... 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


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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Profundamente aterradora. (Mexico) See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


One of two theatrical films where Mark Romanek wrote the screenplay for his films. The other was Static (1985). See more »


When Sy is taking his last walk through SaveMart, he speaks with Yoshi then is shown walking down an asile (2a and 2b). The boxes in the walking shot are different than what is behind Sy when he is saying good-bye to Yoshi. Note boxes sitting on their face or back in one of the sections. They are there when he is speaking with Yoshi, but not in the Steadicam, walking shot. See more »


Sy Parrish: Leica... that's a really nice camera.
Nina Yorkin: Really? Cuz' Bill keeps trying to get me to go digital and...
Sy Parrish: Oh no, don't do that! I'd... I'd be out of a job.
[laughs nervously]
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Alternate Versions

In this early cut a temp score was used featuring Thomas Newman's score to American Beauty and The Shawshank Redemption. Hans Zimmer score for The Thin Red Line was used when Sy follows the Yorkins car (When he slips the photo in). 'Clint Mansell''s Requiem for a Dream score was used during the final chase sequence. See more »


References Blood Simple (1984) See more »


Quality Time
Written and Performed by Tim Heintz
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A chilling but yet sad film.
8 May 2005 | by morrowman2See all my reviews

After watching this film about 3 or 4 times I really understood the point. SY Parrish was truly a guy that I really felt sorry for because it was quite obvious that he had no one in his life. I strongly believe that even though SY got carried away with his obsession with the Yorkin family I feel that he truly cared about Jake and his mom. That is why I understood why he did some of what he did. SY however went about it the wrong way but all in all SY in a weird sense was trying to prove to Jake's Mother that Mr. Yorkin (Jake's Father) was a jerk, and I think Mr. Yorkin got what he deserved at the Hotel, the scare of his life to wake his A** up and make him see how he was hurting his family which at the end of this film it was clear that Mr. Yorkin felt bad about having the affair in the first place. The bottom line is this, even though this Movie was a thriller it was also sad and depressing-because I know people who are sad and lonely like SY and that is why my heart truly went out to SY because all he wanted was someone in his life to care about him. We all need to be loved.

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Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$321,515, 25 August 2002

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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