Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

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Director: Stephan Elliott

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin

     
 

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Part high-tech spy thriller and part psychological study, Eye of the Beholder was Ewan McGregor's first feature film following his mainstream breakthrough performance in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The Eye (Ewan McGregor) is an agent of the British Secret Service, equipped with the latest in high-tech crime fighting gadgetry and assisted by…  See more details below

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Part high-tech spy thriller and part psychological study, Eye of the Beholder was Ewan McGregor's first feature film following his mainstream breakthrough performance in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The Eye (Ewan McGregor) is an agent of the British Secret Service, equipped with the latest in high-tech crime fighting gadgetry and assisted by his indefatigable collegue, Hilary (k.d. lang). The Eye's latest assignment is a surveillance project; the son of a well-known politician has been spending a great deal of money on someone, and they would like to know who and why. A little sleuthing reveals that the mysterious person taking the cash is a woman named Joanna (Ashley Judd), but the trail gets much stickier when the Eye witnesses Joanna pulling a knife and killing the politician's son. Normally, he'd take the shortcut to putting her behind bars, but some time ago he lost contact with his daughter when his wife left him; Joanna reminds the Eye of his daughter, and he's too fascinated with her to bring her to justice. The Eye now follows Joanna obsessively, and discovers that she's also involved with a blind man (Patrick Bergin) and has a history of emotional instability from being abandoned by her father at a young age. Eye of the Beholder was directed by Stephan Elliott, best known for the comedy The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An intelligent, frequently harrowing thriller, Eye of the Beholder stresses characterization over plot and action, which distinguishes it from most recent films in this increasingly predictable genre. Ewan McGregor plays a dour surveillance expert working for the British Secret Service. A tight-lipped loner haunted by images of the daughter lost to him following the long-ago breakup of his marriage. Assigned to follow femme fatale Ashley Judd, he develops an obsession with the beautiful murderess and becomes her unseen protector. In adapting Marc Behm's novel, writer-director Stephan Elliott, best known for such offbeat comedies as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, delineates characters who gradually lose the ability to separate inner conflict from outer reality; McGregor and Judd, finding it impossible to escape their troubled pasts, ultimately yield to their darkest impulses. In the tradition of Hitchcock's Vertigo and De Palma's Obsession, Eye of the Beholder makes for unnerving, nail-biting entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381686029
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
36,415

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor the Eye
Ashley Judd Joanna Eris
Patrick Bergin Alex Leonard
k.d. lang Hilary
Jason Priestley Gary
Geneviève Bujold Dr. Brault
Anne-Marie Brown Lucy
Kaitlin Brown Lucy
David Nerman Mike
Steven McCarthy Paul
Vlasta Vrana Hugo
Janine Theriault Nathy
Don Jordan Toohey
Maria Revelins Ms. Keenan
Lisa Forget Nurse
Gayle Garfinkle Head Watress
Russell Yuen Federal Agent 1
Stephane Levasseur Federal Agent 2
Al Vandecruys Alaskan Federal Agent 1
Sam Stone Alaskan Federal Agent 2
Mauro Venditelli Boss
Josa Maule Receptionist
Carole Collin Secretary
Stephanie Sbrega Sandra
Philip Le Maistre gas attendant
Michel Perron Fat Businessman
Maria Bircher Waitress
Howard Bilerman Waiter
Cara Reynolds Young Joanna
Leonard Farlinger Young Joanna's Father
Jason Baerg Gay Man
Michelle Sweeney Salvo
Donovan Reiter Local 1
Amanda Davis Gir
Carl Crevier Chauffeur
Erwin Goldberg Doctor
Garth Gilker Airport Guard
James Hieminga Wade
Bob Brewster Cop
Charles Powell Prisoner
Tom Karle Fat Man
Louis Negin Bartender
Al Clark Redneck
Una Kay Hilary's Mother
Merlee Shapiro Reva Desk Clark
Vera Miller Tea Trolley Lady
Nadia Rona Tea Trolley Lady
Erik Johnson Local 2
Chris Elliott Conductor

Technical Credits
Stephan Elliott Director,Screenwriter
Marc Behm Screenwriter
Sue Blainey Editor
Guy Blouin Set Decoration/Design
Rosina Bucci Casting
Claudette Casavant Makeup
Al Clark Co-producer
Nicolas Clermont Producer
François Daignault Camera Operator
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Les Productions de L'intrigue Special Effects Supervisor
Maruis de Vries Score Composer
Carl Desjardins Asst. Director
Guy Dufaux Cinematographer
Sylvaine Dufaux Camera Operator
Chris Elliott Musical Arrangement
Lizzy Gardiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Gassot Associate Producer
Robert Guertin Camera Operator
N. Trent Hurry Asst. Director
Jennifer Jonas Asst. Director
Martine Kazemirchuk-Giguère Set Decoration/Design
Claude La Haye Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Langlois Special Effects Supervisor
Grant Lee Associate Producer
Vera Miller Casting
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky Camera Operator
Viateur Paiement Sound/Sound Designer
Gilles Perreault Production Manager
Martin Pinsonnault Sound/Sound Designer
Réal Proulx Art Director
Nadia Rona Casting
Emily Schweber Casting
Hilary Shor Executive Producer
Tony Smith Producer
Hans Peter Strobl Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Baptiste Tard Production Designer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:50]
2. Code name: Eye [2:49]
3. The trenches [1:58]
4. Museum surveillance [1:59]
5. "Merry Christmas, Daddy." [5:49]
6. Breach 3 [3:25]
7. Flirting with death [6:56]
8. "I Wish You Love" [1:37]
9. Boyfriend alert [2:29]
10. Detective Crocker [4:31]
11. Alex Leonard [2:56]
12. DNA request [4:09]
13. Joanna Eris [2:39]
14. A Christmas story [3:08]
15. Dr. Brault [6:22]
16. Charlotte proposes [3:21]
17. Auto stop [4:39]
18. Gary [5:36]
19. Blast-off time [3:59]
20. "The Boss Is is dead." [1:59]
21. Hospital visit [4:13]
22. Tailing the Eye [2:04]
23. Diversion [1:05]
24. At The End Of The World [4:22]
25. Sharing their losses [4:22]
26. A very sick scenario [3:52]
27. "I've seen you before." [2:24]
28. End of the road [5:42]
Side #2- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:50]
2. Code name: Eye [2:49]
3. The trenches [1:58]
4. Museum surveillance [1:59]
5. "Merry Christmas, Daddy." [5:49]
6. Breach 3 [3:25]
7. Flirting with death [6:56]
8. "I Wish You Love" [1:37]
9. Boyfriend alert [2:29]
10. Detective Crocker [4:31]
11. Alex Leonard [2:56]
12. DNA request [4:09]
13. Joanna Eris [2:39]
14. A Christmas story [3:08]
15. Dr. Brault [6:22]
16. Charlotte proposes [3:21]
17. Auto stop [4:39]
18. Gary [5:36]
19. Blast-off time [3:59]
20. "The Boss is dead." [1:59]
21. Hospital visit [4:13]
22. Tailing the Eye [2:04]
23. Diversion [1:05]
24. At The End Of The World [4:22]
25. Sharing their losses [4:22]
26. A very sick scenario [3:52]
27. "I've seen you before." [2:24]
28. End of the road [5:42]

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Eye of the Beholder 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what ''intelligent'' movie the Barnes & Noble.com reviewer was watching, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't this one. The attempt at noir here is completely mishandled, and Judd's character remains flat and without true motivation throughout the entire film. She's not mysterious; she's simply horribly defined. Macgregor's character receives the same sort of slapdash ''motivation'' for his actions, and while the film fails to show Judd really reacting or changing due to the action in the film, we get to follow Macgregor's decent into ''madness.'' Great. If you think most of the movie stinks, wait until you get to the ending. Ouch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very dissapointed about the reviews this film received, this was an excellent film and unfortunately too many people misunderstood how great it is. First, Ashley Judd's performance was outstanding, it is easy to get caught up in how beautiful she is and not really see how well she performed, but seeing the film multiple times, her performance still stood out. Second, the film is beautifully filmed, it was obvious that camera placement, vibrant scenes, and sound tracking were carefully mapped out for every scene. I have not seen such beautiful cinematography since Mansfield Park (see that too!!). Finally, I recommend this film to any one who has lost a loved one in their life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing this movie for the first time, I was hooked. Before seeing this film, I already knew I would love it because I am a complete fan of Ewan McGregor. His acting is spectacular. (Not to mention he looks great in it as well!) It actually is one of those movies you have to see a couple of times to actually get it. It definitely has a twist at the end. It wasn't until my 6th time seeing it that I actually was able to put the pieces together. After seeing this movie I couldn't quit watching it. It's addictive. I'm beginning to become as obsessed as Ewan is in the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Warning!!!! This is the most horribly scripted movie I ever saw. The movie is just about a guy stalking this one girl. He originally was spying on her to turn her into the cops, but he starts to fall in love with her. The girl turns out to be killer and he starts protecting her. This movie also shows skin every other 5 minutes. It was so boring. It felt like it would never end. I would recommend anyone to get any other movie besides this one. This is not a thrilling or exciting movie and absolutely not a family movie either. It was also very confusing and difficult to understand what was going on. I do not recommend this movie to anyone of any age. This was the worst movie I ever saw and will never forget it because it was so bad. I would give this a negative 100 stars if I could.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit I was skeptical at first. I thought this movie would be another cheesy action flick. I was happily surprised to discover an intelligent film. An unexpected, albeit one-sided, romance springs up halfway through the movie. Nice touch
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies of it's kind. Ashley Judd is superb as always, and in her subsequent movies, I can only say she proves again and again just how superb an actor she is. What I would like to know is who sang the song, ''I Wish You Love,'' in this movie. Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was necessary for me to view this movie a second time to really understand it. Some movies are like that! Stir up a few new brain cells folks and you'll be glad you did. Watts is not my favorite but McGregor is one of the very best actors today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie can easily fool you into thinking its worth watching based solely upon the cast. WARNING...if you choose to view this movie, you will be wasting 2 hours of your life, as well as hard earned cash!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Within 15 min. of most movies,I already know the ending. The combining of two crippled souls precluded this.The ending was not your usual Hollywood fare, with a happy walk into the sunset.It made me think,and it's not for the bottom of the bell curve. I am tired of dummying down to 6th grade programming.I speak of realism, good things happen to bad people and vice versa. Good movies should reflect life in the raw.
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This movie was based on a novel. I have never read that novel or even heard of it. When I chose this movie it was just a random pick. The movie had good acting and realism, but it was very confusing. The plot didn't make any sense to me because it seemed that it was missing some scenes. The ending also really didn't make sense because I didn't understand why events were happening in the beginning of the movie. I recommend this movie to people that have read the novel ''Eye of the Beholder''. I gave the movie ¿Eye of the Beholder¿ two stars because it should have explained the plot better, so people that haven¿t read the book can understand the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Should anyone watch this movie without any benefit of research, will find this movie lacking a few key scenes. Rewinding it to catch what is going on may help but it is difficult. You are left wondering just exactly what was going on in the editing room. Basic things like what was the ''Eye'' doing before watching ''Joanna'' and who ''Joanna'' was before she started being watched. Since this movie was suggested to me by a friend, I had no key knowledge of the background of the events and characters. However, having researched this movie through barnes and noble.com I now understand some key parts of the movie that were sadly lacking. So if you watch this movie, be sure to read the cover or at least do some research here first.aquaswan