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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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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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He knows your secrets. See more »

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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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Retratos de una obsesión  »

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$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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After the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Robin Williams overheard viewers say that they forgot it was Williams in the lead role 15 minutes into the film. An observation that made Williams proud. See more »

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When Sy is sitting in his living room watching The Simpsons: Cape Feare after work, sunlight is emanating through the curtains although it is supposed to be night. See more »

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Detective James Van Der Zee: How did he react?
Bill Owens: I fire a lot of people, and most get pretty upset. And he got pretty upset. Surely you're taking this seriously?
Detective James Van Der Zee: Yes - we take it VERY seriously.
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Written and Performed by Tim Heintz
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Strong performances save the day.
7 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Yes, Robin Williams does steal the show. He's an underrated actor, who, given a good script can deliver a mind boggling performance. That's exactly what One hour photo is, a good script with brilliant performances. The whole cast does an excellent job of showing how the events of one deranged man can impact the lives of many. Let's get one thing straight, though, this not a mainstream movie. It is very much an independant film. If you don't like movies with little action or a low budget don't see this movie. This film is good because of its' strong performances and decent script. I must say, though, without Williams as the lead, this movie would not have been as good as it was.


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