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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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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

The song during the roll of end credits, is sung by the director's father, David Lynch ('Speed Roaster'). 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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Astonishing thriller is mesmerizing
31 December 2010 | by djderkaSee all my reviews

EXTERIOR: DAY- HIGHWAY

Three cars in line in a wide shot. A brown van with family (and kids), a red/white Duster with two coke heads and a cop car with two psycho cops. Cars in middle of the frame, clouds in b.g. grasslands in foreground. Oh, the cops shoot out tires on travelers cars so they can harass and dominate them.

The tension in that shot sets the tone for the whole movie. You will see why. Ms. Lynch sure knows pacing,composition, tension, angles, wow!

That Ms. Lynch made this for only 3.5 mil is really astounding. That the movie grossed under a 100K is baffling. The movie is not sick. The CHARACTERS are. All of them. And you can't help getting caught up in their lives.

This is so well done...it hurts. And it shows what you can do on a low, low budget with professionalism. Cast, crew, lighting, sound, direction, all on the mark.

I am going to write a script so Ms. Lynch can direct it...really.

This kind of movie intrigues me like Pulp Fiction. It is character and dialog. Most films have boring dialog that moves the lame plot along. But not this hidden gem.

SEE IT ! Don't talk about it. And show it to your friends.

Bravo.


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