Eye of God

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Ainsley Dupree (Martha Plimpton) is a short-order cook at a diner in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, a country town in the middle of nowhere. Lonely and bored, Ainsley becomes pen pals with Jack Stillings (Kevin Anderson), who is currently serving time in prison. When Jack is released, he immediately asks Ainsley to marry him, and she impulsively agrees. Jack embraced Christianity while behind bars, and he encourages his wife to attend church with him each Sunday. However, Jack's requests soon become demands, and before ...
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Ainsley Dupree (Martha Plimpton) is a short-order cook at a diner in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, a country town in the middle of nowhere. Lonely and bored, Ainsley becomes pen pals with Jack Stillings (Kevin Anderson), who is currently serving time in prison. When Jack is released, he immediately asks Ainsley to marry him, and she impulsively agrees. Jack embraced Christianity while behind bars, and he encourages his wife to attend church with him each Sunday. However, Jack's requests soon become demands, and before long, she's forbidden to leave the house while he's at work pumping gas. Ainsley quietly rebuffs Jack's demands, slipping into town to a convenience store while he's away, but she soon learns, after Jack's parole officer pays a visit to their home, that his crime was more serious than she imagined; he beat a woman so brutally that she nearly died. Meanwhile, Sheriff Sam Rogers (Hal Holbrook) finds a 14-year-old boy, Tom Spencer (Nick Stahl), wandering dazed in ragged and bloody clothes along a lonely road. Tom leads Sam to the scene of a violent crime he has just witnessed, while telling him of the traumatic events in his family that led to an act of shocking brutality. Writer and director Tim Blake Nelson adapted Eye of God from his own stage play.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 16X9 widescreen; Interactive menus; Trailer; English & Spanish subtitles; Director commentary; Dolby stereo
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Playwright/actor Tim Blake Nelson's debut as a writer/director is an effective piece of neo-Southern gothic that is reminiscent of the stories of Flannery O'Connor, dealing with sin and the possibilities of redemption. Eye of God betrays little of its stage origins, because Nelson clearly understands that his setting -- a sleepy Oklahoma town -- is an important player in his story of a bored waitress diving into an ill-considered marriage to an ex-con. Nelson creates an air of stillness about his little town that is at first soothing, then stultifying, and finally more than a bit menacing. Martha Plimpton makes the trusting Ainsley a heartbreakingly naïve character, and Kevin Anderson is chillingly persuasive as Jack, a man whose conversion from criminal to Christian makes him no less dangerous. Nick Stahl (now familiar from roles in In the Bedroom and Bully) is effective as Tom, the teenager who is key to the story's central act of violence. Nelson tells his tale in elliptical fashion, holding back key information so that the true horror creeps up on us. It's a modest but impressive debut, and Nelson's follow-up, O, was a more ambitious work containing some of the same elements.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • UPC: 031398825326
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martha Plimpton Ainsley
Kevin Anderson Jack
Hal Holbrook Sheriff Sam Rogers
Nick Stahl Tom
Richard Jenkins Sprague
Maggie Moore Dorothy
Mary Kay Place Claire Spencer
Technical Credits
Tim Blake Nelson Director, Screenwriter
Wendy Ettinger Producer
Russell Fine Cinematographer
Patrick Geary Production Designer
Dolly Hall Co-producer
Harry Jarvis Asst. Director
Avy Kaufman Casting
Mack Melson Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Nelson Producer
Jill O'Hannesson Costumes/Costume Designer
Kate Sanford Editor
David VanTiegham Songwriter
Richard Williams Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Abraham [3:40]
2. Trouble [3:40]
3. Out the Door [4:01]
4. Parole Officer [4:42]
5. The Diner [2:08]
6. Lil' Tommy Spencer [3:11]
7. Take Us There [1:52]
8. Beautiful [6:12]
9. Interrogate [2:08]
10. Holly Roller [3:19]
11. Worried Crazy [3:19]
12. Quickie Mart [3:41]
13. Angel [2:18]
14. Not a Word [2:16]
15. Lonely [3:44]
16. Company [4:56]
17. Make it Right [3:15]
18. A Wife's Privilege [5:06]
19. God's Domain [4:40]
20. Oklahoma [3:17]
21. Faith [3:20]
22. Finding Comfort [2:02]
23. Have Pity [2:16]
24. End Credits [3:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Chapters
   Audio
      Audio on Feature Sountrack- Commetary: On
      Audio on Feature Sountrack- Commetary: Off
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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