X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes

X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes

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Director: Roger Corman, Ray Milland, Diana Van Der Vlis, Harold J. Stone

Cast: Roger Corman, Ray Milland, Diana Van Der Vlis, Harold J. Stone

     
 

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Dr. James Xavier (Ray Milland) is a brilliant but unorthodox researcher whose work with human sight has yielded an experimental chemical that may vastly increase the range of what we can see. Despite the misgivings and warnings of the two people closest to him, Dr. Diane Fairfax (Diana Van Der Vlis) and Dr. Sam Brant (Harold J. Stone), he uses it on himself and finds

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Dr. James Xavier (Ray Milland) is a brilliant but unorthodox researcher whose work with human sight has yielded an experimental chemical that may vastly increase the range of what we can see. Despite the misgivings and warnings of the two people closest to him, Dr. Diane Fairfax (Diana Van Der Vlis) and Dr. Sam Brant (Harold J. Stone), he uses it on himself and finds that he is able to look inside the human body in real-time. This gives him the ability to save the life of a patient in surgery, but in the process, he offends a top physician and calls his own judgement into question. He won't stop or even slow his experiments, however, and when Sam is accidentally killed trying to stop him, he is forced to flee. Soon he is living the life of a hunted man, and is protected and exploited by Crane (Don Rickles), a larcenous carny-man who sets him up as a "healer" on skid row, taking peoples' pennies while Xavier makes his diagnoses. After getting away from Crane, Xavier is found by Diane, who joins him on the run, and by now his own worst nature is coming to the surface. They head to Las Vegas, where his ability to see through objects allows him to win at most of the games in front of him, but he is discovered because of the attention that his "streak" draws to him. Pursued out of town, he heads out to the desert, and by now his ability to see transcends the boundaries of earthly space, leading him to a terrible quandry and a hideous solution to his plight, inspired by an encounter with a preacher.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A chilling tale of sci-fi terror from legendary director Roger Corman, X offers the story of a scientist who has successfully realized the ability to see through solid matter as a cautionary study in obsessive excess. At first amused with his new discovery, Ray Milland's performance effectively shifts from a sense of intoxicated wonder to inescapable terror as his obsession with furthering his experiments ultimately renders him able to see through much more than clothes and buildings. From respected scientist to miracle worker to man on the run, Milland's turn as the tortured scientist provides the film with a believable lead and a solid foundation. Likewise, master of insults Don Rickles offers a believably uncharacteristic turn as a seemingly sympathetic soul whose true intentions are slowly revealed to be much darker. With an effective and thoughtful screenplay peppered with social commentary, complex and almost hypnotic visual effects, and a bleak ending that is sure to stick with viewers for some time later, Corman has crafted a tight and suspenseful little yarn that some argue is one of his best.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2008
UPC:
0827421030146
Original Release:
1963
Source:
Cheezy Flicks Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
38,833

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Milland Dr. James Xavier
Diana Van Der Vlis Dr. Diane Fairfax
Harold J. Stone Dr. Sam Brant
Don Rickles Crane
John Hoyt Dr. Willard Benson
Morris Ankrum Foundation Head
Jonathan Haze Actor
Dick Miller John Trask/Heckler
Carol Irey Woman Patient
Lotie Summers Party Dancer
John Dierkes Preacher
Kathryn Hart Mrs. Mart
Vicki Lee Young Girl Patient
Barboura Morris Nurse

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff Executive Producer
Baxter Score Composer
Butler-Glouner, Inc. Special Effects
Anthony Carras Editor
Bartlett A. Carre Executive Producer
Ted Coodley Makeup
Marjorie D. Corso Costumes/Costume Designer
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Robert Dillon Screenwriter
Daniel Haller Art Director
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design
Ray Russell Screenwriter
Simms Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man with X-Ray Eyes
1. Opening Credits [1:55]
2. Dr. Xavier [4:03]
3. Lab Test [4:50]
4. The Experiment [11:19]
5. Evening Party [4:43]
6. The Operating Room [8:08]
7. Carnival Games [11:07]
8. Business Partners [4:53]
9. The Scam [6:00]
10. Lucky With Cards [9:19]
11. On the Run [3:37]
12. Seeking Forgiveness [5:49]
13. Ending Credits [3:01]

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