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

Writer:

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 Kim Jr. ... Yoshi Araki (as Paul Hansen Kim)
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
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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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Imagine your greatest fear exposed. 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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Erin Daniels's first nude scene. She would later star in The L Word (2004) where she appeared nude several times. See more »

Goofs

When Sy is taking pictures of Bill Owens' (the Savmart Manager) daughter, the camera can be seen auto focusing. When he gets the pictures developed, the shots are obviously zoomed in. The camera did not zoom while he was taking pictures though. See more »

Quotes

Bill Owens: Sy, there's a 1000 other places where you can do your photos. There's no reason to come all the way down other than to fuck with me.
Sy Parrish: There's a very good reason. I calibrated that machine personally. It's the best mini-lab in the state.
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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 Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) See more »

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African Queen
Written by Ronu Majumdar and Ry Cooder
Performed by Ronu Majumdar, Ry Cooder and Jon Hassell
Courtesy of Water Lily Acoustics, Inc.
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I sincerely enjoyed this film
27 January 2003 | by ihaveabigrickSee all my reviews

One Hour Photo is a film of supreme caliber. The film is powered by the haunting, chilling, silencing, and above all-genius performance by Robin Williams. But the rather extraordinary thing is that it is not Robin Williams on the screen, it's Sy Parish (the character's name). Robin Williams fades away from our senses and slips into the ever so sweet and innocent yet psychotic role of a supermarket's photo developer. The films script is only accented by Williams, at times, restrained performance. Williams ignites on the screen and burns till the last frame, and you are unable to take your eyes off him. As I mentioned the film is subliminily written as well as directed. Though being Romanek's first, I certainly don't think this is a bad start. Romanek's direction adds to the on-going tension throughout the film. More affecting is Williams' delightful calmness. Trying to hold himself in becomes more troublesome for both Williams and his character as the story develops. Yet through the calm eyes of an innocent blaze the fires of hatred and intensity, which could very well sum up Williams' performance. The film does have some disturbing images as well. Yet they are not really strong enough for you to get up from your seat and leave yet rather the opposite. Williams' contribution as well as guidance towards the actions and scenes of peril compell as well as amaze you towards both the performance and film itself. Williams' shocking contribution to the screen is enough to make you cry, scream, and yell in your seat. Because the origins of the character are bittersweet just like own known Williams, leads to a crazed and psychotic breakdown. It's as if watching our own funny and beloved Robin fail us. Though the truth could not be any further, Williams but succeeds in the art of acting, creating an achievement in the field. Creating a landmark. Writing his/its own chapter. I guarantee that this film will be required study material in acting classes for now on. In conclusion: definitely one of the best of 2002.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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