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Surveillance (2008)

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Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

Director:

Jennifer Lynch
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Aaron ... Janet
Hugh Dillon ... Dad (Steven)
David Gane David Gane ... Grocery Man
Gill Gayle ... Officer Degrasso
Kent Harper ... Officer Jack Bennett
Michael Ironside ... Captain Billings
Pell James ... Bobbi Prescott
Daryl Haney Daryl Haney ... Drug Dealer (as D.R. Haney)
Shannon Jardine ... Elaine Meyer
Angela Lamarsh Angela Lamarsh ... Maid
Gerald Lenton-Young Gerald Lenton-Young ... Coroner (as Gerald Layton-Young)
Jennifer Miles Jennifer Miles ... TV Reporter
Mac Miller ... Johnny
Charlie Newmark ... Officer Wright
Julia Ormond ... Elizabeth Anderson
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Storyline

Grisly murders occur in a small town. Two FBI agents arrive, set up their cameras in three interview rooms, and set up interviews of three survivors: a girl of about nine, a foul-mouthed cop with a bandaged hand, and a young woman of about 20 who uses drugs. Each tells their story as the male FBI agent listens and watches from a separate room: the girl draws for and talks to the female agent, the local chief interviews the injured cop, and two officers interview the young woman. As they tell their stories, some of which are inaccurate and self-serving, we see what actually happened the day before. Can the agents or anyone else put the pieces together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Executive Producer David Lynch See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

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USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Наблюдение See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,590, 28 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,349, 22 September 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,115,493, 22 September 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the first time in the seven year run of the New York City Horror Film Festival, Jennifer Lynch became the first female to win the Best Director award and Ryan Simpkins became the youngest actress to win Best Actress. See more »

Goofs

The closing credits state that the cast is listed in alphabetical order, but Daryl Haney's name is listed after Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, and Pell James (despite the fact that it precedes all of them alphabetically). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Anderson: You're never going to sleep again.
Sam Hallaway: That's the point.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits the title appears, but now blood splattered See more »

Connections

Referenced in Surveillance: The Watched Are Watching (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Bottom of a Dream
Composed by Hugh Dillon and Christopher Osti
Performed by The Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir (as Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir)
Ching Music
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Friends…Let Me Show You the POWER...of the DARK SIDE!
29 October 2013 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

............................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David Lynch (Mullholand Dr....Yes, I can see that!) You can rest assured, with each passing year, Ms. Lynch's name will grow ever more prominent! Several friends have rated this 6*. Hmmm, up front, for the record, 9*; loud and clear, front and center. My prognostication: SURVEILLANCE will soon attain "Cult Classic" status, with legions of aficionados. You heard it here first, from the Id of Dr. Morbius!

Now I'll tell you why. Almost from the very onset, the underlying tension, the nail-biting, sparks-flying friction between characters is hypnotic and entrancingly numbing. Surveillance is beyond dark, to the point of being "Non-commercial"! Now, is that good? Well, you'll have to decide that for yourself!

***** Very MINOR SPOILERS Coming Up! ******

Lots of reviewers have mentioned the "surprise ending". IMHO there are quite obviously 2 back-to-back, from-out-of-left-field plot twists at the end of the movie. Well 3, if you count the…OOPS! I can't really say, now can I? Ms. Lynch is really up to snuff on her movie-making technique. Editing, camera-angles, photography, close-ups, and pacing; SUPERB, ALL of them! WOW!

SURVEILLANCE wasn't a .22 Caliber bullet to my brain…it was a .45! Blew my mind in one fell swoop! But this film has "POLARIZING" written all over it! From sincere, soul-searching reviewers, we should see lots of either 8 to 10* ratings, or 2* and 3* ones.

The violence, although mostly not extremely graphic, nor taking up much on-screen time, considering the genre, was so pathologically twisted, I'm sure it'll prove too just intense for the likings of many. For this reason, I've had a change of heart, or let's say GUTS, to 8*......ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


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