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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jim Gillespie
Produced by Ric Kidney
Screenplay by Howard Swindle
Story by Ron L. Brinkerhoff
Based on Jitter Joint
by Howard Swindle
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by
  • Tim Alverson
  • Steve Mirkovich
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 1, 2002 (2002-02-01) (United Kingdom)
  • September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55 million[1]
Box office $6.4 million[1]

D-Tox is a 2002 American psychological thriller film directed by Jim Gillespie and starring Sylvester Stallone. The supporting cast features Tom Berenger, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Robert Patrick, Stephen Lang, Jeffrey Wright, Courtney B. Vance and Kris Kristofferson. The film was released in the United States on September 20, 2002 under the title Eye See You by DEJ Productions.[2]

The film is based on the 1999 novel Jitter Joint written by Howard Swindle.


FBI agent Jake Malloy descends into alcoholism after he is unable to save his girlfriend from a serial killer who specializes in killing police officers. After Agent Malloy slits his wrists in an unsuccessful suicide attempt, his best friend and supervising officer, Agent Hendricks, enrolls Malloy in a rehabilitation program designed exclusively for law enforcement officers. There, he meets several other alcoholic ex-cops and veterans. However, a blizzard forms and seals them in the asylum with no form of communication. Worse, a psychopath is lurking among them, killing both staff and Malloy's comrades one by one.



The film was shot in Washington, DC, US, and Vancouver, BC, Canada.[3]

After the film was finished in 1999, Universal decided to screen it to a test audience but all the screenings of the first cut were met with negative reception from audiences. The film was then shelved for quite some time while re-shoots and story changes were being done.[4] Composer John Powell wrote two complete scores for the film, one of which was rejected. With the film delayed and relegated to a European release by Universal due to the studio's dissatisfaction with the film in general, most of Powell's score was replaced with additional music by William Ross, Geoff Zanelli, and Nick Glennie-Smith as an attempt to make the film salvageable. New ending was also filmed in which the main villain is killed in a different way.[5] But even after re-shoots and title changes (it was originally called Detox before being retitled The Outpost and then again into Eye See You), Universal didn't care for the film and after test screenings for the new version also got negative response from audiences, they shelved it. DEJ Productions acquired domestic distribution rights from Universal and released it over three years after it was originally finished but in a limited release.[6][2]

In Q&A for Ain't It Cool News in December 2006, Sylvester Stallone was asked why the film didn't get a wide release and then answered:

It’s very simple why D-TOX landed in limbo. A film is a very delicate creature. Any adverse publicity or internal shake-up can upset the perception of - and studio confidence in - a feature. For some unknown reason the original producer pulled out and right away the film was considered damaged goods; by the time we ended filming there was trouble brewing on the set because of overages and creative concerns between the director and the studio. The studio let it sit on the shelf for many months and after over a year it was decided to do a re-shoot. We screened it, it tested okay, Ron Howard was involved with overseeing some of the post-production… but the movie had the smell of death about it. Actually, if you looked up, you could see celluloid buzzards circling as we lay there dying on the distributor’s floor. One amusing note: It was funny, when we were met at the airport by the teamsters they’d have a sign in front of them saying DETOX, and all these actors like Kris Kristofferson, Tom Berenger and myself looked like we were going into rehab rather than a film shoot.[7]

DVD release of the film includes 8 deleted scenes as bonus feature, but original ending is not included. Theatrical trailers show several deleted and alternate scenes, including some that are not included in DVD, like more nudity by Dina Meyer during her shower scene.


The film has an approval rating of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 20 reviews.[8] Danny Graydon of BBC Films said: "Clearly, Hollywood's confidence in this film is lower than Pee-Wee Herman's Oscar chances, and their instincts are right: a boring, formulaic mix of serial killers and stalk'n'slash, this will not reinvigorate Sylvester Stallone's action hero status or loosen his maniacal destruction of the quality control button".[9]


  1. ^ a b "Eye See You (D-Tox)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Eye See You (D-Tox) | Bomb Report (2002)". Bomb Report. Retrieved 2018-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Detox (2000)". Baseline. Retrieved 6 July 2015 – via The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Universal's EYE SEE YOU aka THE OUTPOST aka DETOX... info". Aint It Cool. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Fischer, Paul. "Sylvester Stallone for "D-Tox"". Dark Horizons. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Goldstein, Patrick. "Hidden by Hollywood: All-star cast of bombs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Stallone answers December 9th & 10th Questions in a double round - plus Harry's Seen ROCKY BALBOA at BNAT!!!". Aint It Cool. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  8. ^ D-Tox (Eye See You), 2002-01-01, retrieved 2015-06-15 
  9. ^ Graydon, Danny (22 January 2002). "D-Tox (2002)". BBC Movies. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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