Eye of the Beholder (film)

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Eye of the Beholder
Eyeofbeholderposter.jpg
International release poster
Directed by Stephan Elliott
Produced by Nicolas Clermont
Screenplay by Stephan Elliott
Based on The Eye of the Beholder 
by Marc Behm
Starring Ewan McGregor
Ashley Judd
Patrick Bergin
Geneviève Bujold
Jason Priestley
Music by Marius de Vries
Cinematography Guy Dufaux
Edited by Sue Blainey
Production
company
Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment (AUS)
Destination Films (US)
Release dates
  • 28 August 1999 (1999-08-28) (South Korea)
  • 28 January 2000 (2000-01-28) (United States)
  • 9 June 2000 (2000-06-09) (United Kingdom)
  • 10 August 2000 (2000-08-10) (Australia)
Running time 109 minutes[1]
Country Canada
United Kingdom
Australia
Language English
Budget $15 million[2]
Box office $18,260,865[3]

Eye of the Beholder is a 1999 thriller film starring Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd, based on the novel of the same name by Marc Behm. It was written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The film is an international co-production of Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The film is a remake of Claude Miller's 1983 French thriller, Deadly Circuit (Mortelle randonnée), with Isabelle Adjani.

Plot[edit]

The Eye (Ewan McGregor) is an intelligence agent whose current assignment is to track down the rich socialite son of his boss and find out what trouble he has gotten himself into. This leads him to Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a serial killer who is in a relationship with the son, whom she murders. The Eye is a witness to the crime.

At Penn Station in Pittsburgh, Eris commits yet another murder, enabling The Eye to finally corner her as he prepares to call for backup. Instead of turning her in, The Eye, having gone through a messy divorce in which he lost custody of his daughter, follows her in an effort to save her. He hallucinates constantly that his daughter is with him, and comes to think of Eris as a vulnerable, lost child.

The Eye follows her across the country and through several murders. He soon discovers that Eris and her father were homeless and that he abandoned her, explaining her pathological hatred of men. When Eris helps a rich blind man (Patrick Bergin) in an airport, the two become involved, fall in love and become engaged, and it looks like they might even live a happy life. The Eye, who has witnessed all of this, cannot bear to let her go, and is willing to do anything to stop her from having a relationship with another man. While the couple is on the way to the chapel for the wedding, The Eye shoots a bullet in one of their tires and the car crashes, killing Eris' fiancé. After a stranger (Jason Priestly) forces Eris to inject heroin when her car dies in the desert, Eris loses her unborn baby before fleeing to Alaska, with the Eye on her trail.

In Alaska, The Eye gains the courage to ask Eris out, as he is a frequent patron of the diner at which she waitresses. They have a few drinks in the evening, both getting emotional, and Eris mentions where she would like to be buried when she dies. She then says she has nothing to give him, that she is empty, and that he should leave her alone. The next day the police, as well as Eris' psychiatrist (Geneviève Bujold), come to the diner to arrest her. The Eye tries to save her, taking her to his trailer. There she is horrified to find out that he has been following her. She shoots him, although only with a blank cartridge. She flees and he follows her on a motorcycle, where he catches up to her, and she realizes he is the "Angel" who has saved her from every tight situation she has gotten into. At this revelation she crashes the car. She tells him she knows him as her "Angel", and apparently dies from her injuries sustained in the crash (though we never know for sure if she does).

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Reception[edit]

Eye of the Beholder was not a financial success in theatres, grossing $18,260,865[3] worldwide on a $35 million budget.[4] The film received mixed reviews, with critics praising the acting partnership of Judd and McGregor, who share almost no screen time together, with disappointment in the film's direction. [5][6][7] Ratings from Metacritic gave 5.2 of 10 from viewers and 29 from critics.[8]

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