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

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Official Sites:

Official site

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,597,131, 5 January 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,500,000, 2 February 2003
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Names of other photographers also appear, including: Yoshi Araki (Nobuyoshi Araki is a very well-known Japanese photographer), Bill Owens, 'Ellen von Unwerth' (a popular German photographer), Aaron Siskind, Paul Outerbridge. 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

Sy Parrish: Are you a family man, Detective?
Detective James Van Der Zee: That's none of your business, Sy.
Sy Parrish: You're right, it's not. But I can see by your response and the ring on your finger that you are. That makes you a fortunate man. I can also tell be the way you've treated me so far that you're a good man, and that you appreciate your good fortune. You're not the kind of man who would cheat on his wife, hurt his family, abuse their trust.
[pause]
Sy Parrish: You would never neglect or abuse your children.
[chokes up]
Sy Parrish: Make horrible demands of ...
[...]
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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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Connections

References Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

My Reverie
Written by Larry Clinton
Performed by Bea Wain with the Larry Clinton Orchestra
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Strong performances save the day.
7 March 2003 | by dirk281See 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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