Public Eye

Overview

Howard Franklin wrote and directed this film noir character study based on the famed New York Daily News photographer Weegee. Joe Pesci plays a character named Bernstein, a freelance photographer for the New York City tabloids of the 1940s. His life is dedicated to his work; with a police radio under the dashboard of his car and a darkroom in his trunk, he quickly and efficiently races to the scene of crimes, accidents and murders to snap photographs of gangsters, politicians, cops, and prostitutes, which he ...
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Overview

Howard Franklin wrote and directed this film noir character study based on the famed New York Daily News photographer Weegee. Joe Pesci plays a character named Bernstein, a freelance photographer for the New York City tabloids of the 1940s. His life is dedicated to his work; with a police radio under the dashboard of his car and a darkroom in his trunk, he quickly and efficiently races to the scene of crimes, accidents and murders to snap photographs of gangsters, politicians, cops, and prostitutes, which he promptly delivers to the newspapers. His knack for arriving at a crime scene before the police earns him the nickname the Great Bernzini. The trouble begins for Bernstein when he agrees to look up a gangster for Kay Barbara Hershey, the sexy owner of a fancy Manhattan nightclub. After making inquiries, Bernstein traces the man Kay is looking for, but he turns up dead. When he informs the police, he becomes a suspect in the murder; it also turns out that the FBI is interested the case. Bernstein then uncovers an elaborate conspiracy concerning gas rationing, the mob, and the government.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2014
  • UPC: 025192095771
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Source: Universal Mod
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,685

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Pesci Leonard "The Great Bernzini" Bernstein
Barbara Hershey Kay Levitz
Stanley Tucci Sal Minetto
Jerry Adler Arthur Nabler
Jared Harris Danny the Doorman
Gerry Becker Conklin
Dominic Chianese Spoleto
Del Close H.R. Rineman
Richard Foronjy Farinelli
Bob Gunton Older Agent
Joe Guzaldo Spoleto's Lieutenant
Peter Maloney Federal Watchman
Richard Riehle Officer O'Brien
Laura Cerone Puerto Rican Woman
Tim Gamble Agent Chadwick
Donna Isaacson
Bryan Smith Young Cop
Max Brooks Teen at Thompson Street
Richard Schiff Photographer-Thompson Street
Chuck Gillespie Cop-Puerto Rican Tenement
Christian Stolti Ambulance Attendant
Jack Denbo Photo Editor
Ellen McElduff Lonely Woman at Drugsore
Marge Kotlisky Rineman's Receptionist
Timothy Hendrickson Richard Rineman
Henry Bolzon Photographer at Cafe
Kevin Dorsey Singer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi Maitre d'
David Gianopoulos Portofino
Steve Forleo Hood
Mick McGovern Cop with Hood
Maurice Bravo 1st Photographer
Tom Lauricella 2nd Photographer
George Lugg 3rd Photographer
Vinny Argiro Sergeant at Police Station
David Hull Thatcher White
Kyle Moore Young Agent
Louie Lanciloti Mikey
Patricia Healy Vera
Randall Stanton Federal Guard
Jason Wells Garage Attendant
Al Mancini Camera Shop Clerk
Ian Abercrombie Mr. Brown
Nick Tate Henry Haddock Jr.
Jean Zarzour Sal's Wife
Toni Fleming Sal's Mother
Teresa di Marco Mrs. D'Angelo
Phil Locker Arresting Cop
Shay Duffin Chief of Police
John Farris Albert Gerard
Joe V. Greco Villa Guard-Hitman
John M. Watson Sr. Sculllion
Technical Credits
Howard Franklin Director, Screenwriter
Sue Baden-Powell Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Marcia Hinds-Johnson Production Designer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Bo Johnson Art Director
Dina Lipton Art Director
Evan Lottman Editor
Jane Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Robert Zemeckis Producer
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