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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.

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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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A Film by Jennifer 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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jennifer Lynch's first film in 15 years. 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

Perpetual State
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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The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree
19 September 2010 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

As if to demonstrate the old adage that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree," director Jennifer Lynch gave the world in her belated sophomore effort, 2008's "Surveillance," a film just as disturbing as any in her father David's oeuvre. Her follow-up to 1993's "Boxing Helena," the film follows two very atypical FBI agents, portrayed by Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond, who are investigating a string of homicides in the plains of Nowheresville. (The picture was shot in the grasslands outside of Regina, Saskatchewan.) The pair interviews three salient witnesses: a young female coke addict (Pell James, who is excellent here), a local cop and an 8-year-old girl (Lynch elicits a wonderfully mature performance from young Ryan Simpkins). By the film's end, the conflicting accounts yield a somewhat clearer picture, before a twist ending really pulls the rug out from under the viewer. Indeed, this ending--a remarkably downbeat, merciless and outrageous shocker--should stun and flabbergast most of the film's audience. A repeat viewing of "Surveillance" demonstrates how very fairly the writers and Lynch have played their game, and will give an added appreciation for certain actors in the cast. "I promise you, it's not like the other films you'll see," Ms. Lynch tells us in one of the DVD's copious extras, and darn if she isn't right! I cannot offhand think of another picture so deliberately amoral, and so blithely ruthless in the treatment of its entire roster of characters. While some might walk away from "Surveillance" clucking "sick, sick, sick," most, I feel, will applaud its bravura daring, technical brilliance, fine acting and shocking windup. It's certainly not a movie to watch with the kids or with Aunt Petunia, but for those game for something different, it should just prove the ticket....


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