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One Hour Photo (2002)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Seymour Parrish
... Nina Yorkin
... Will Yorkin
... Jakob Yorkin
... Maya Burson
... Yoshi Araki
... Waitress
... Bill Owens
Marion Calvert ... Mrs. Von Unwerth
David Moreland ... Mr. Siskind
Shaun P. O'Hagan ... Young Father
... Amateur Porn Guy
... Repairman
Dave Engfer ... Sav-Mart Clerk
... 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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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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13 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$321,515, 25 August 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,597,131, 5 January 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,500,000, 2 February 2003
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The episode of The Simpsons (1989) that Sy is watching in his house is The Simpsons: Cape Feare (1993). See more »

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When Mrs. Yorkin drops off film, she leaves three rolls of Fuji Superia film, distinguished by its green and blue canisters. When Sy goes to inspect the film, he holds it up to the light and the edgeprint of the film is visible. The edgeprint reads "Portra 160 NC", which is a Kodak professional film. See more »

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Sy Parrish: Am I talking to a brick wall? Did I tell you to touch her? If you touch her again; I stab you in the heart!
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Referenced in Bad Girls: Episode #6.4 (2004) See more »

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Groovin' With You
Written and Performed by Tim Heintz
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Not Hitchcock but closer than most
1 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

A seemingly innocuous man's descent into madness, and its effect on a family, gives One Hour Photo an advantage over most attempts at psychological thrillers. As with most movies, even critical darlings by the master himself, Mr. Hitchcock, there are questionable plot contrivences and scenes where reality has to be suspended, but these annoyances did not interfere with the total enjoyment of the movie. Williams was eerily brilliant as "Sy, The Photo Guy", and was able to travel between chillingly detached and forcefully angry with ease. The brilliant use of stark colors fleshed out the film, and those that garner enjoyment from the sets and cinematography, as well as the dialogue, will be pleased. This is a film for those that enjoy the total movie experience, and those that appreciate an intensity in their psychological thrillers will not be disappointed. After viewing this film, the question now becomes who gets the Oscar, Williams for One Hour Photo, or Pacino for Insomnia ?


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