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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. William Harford
... Alice Harford
Madison Eginton ... Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris ... Roz
... Victor Ziegler
Leslie Lowe ... Illona
... Bandleader
... Nick Nightingale
... Ziegler's Secretary
... Sandor Szavost (as Sky Dumont)
Louise J. Taylor ... Gayle (as Louise Taylor)
Stewart Thorndike ... Nuala
Randall Paul ... Harris
... Mandy
Lisa Leone ... Lisa
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Storyline

After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. Written by garykmcd

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Cruise. Kidman. Kubrick.


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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material | See all certifications »

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16 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,706,163, 18 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,691,208

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,091,208
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Trivia

Sky du Mont dubbed his own part for the German release. See more »

Goofs

Bill Harford arrives at Rainbow Fashions by taxi from the Sonata Cafe, and as he talks to Milich, Gillespie's Diner can be been seen across the other side of the street. Earlier in the story we discover that Gillespie's is next door to the Sonata Cafe, so there's no way he would have taken a taxi just to cross the street, (not even in NYC). See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Bill Harford: Honey, have you seen my wallet?
Alice Harford: Isn't it on the bedside table?
Dr. Bill Harford: Now listen, you know we're running a little late.
Alice Harford: I know. How do I look?
Dr. Bill Harford: Perfect.
Alice Harford: Is my hair okay?
Dr. Bill Harford: It's great.
Alice Harford: You're not even looking at it.
Dr. Bill Harford: It's beautiful. You always look beautiful.
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References Amadeus (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
(1941)
Performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio
Courtesy of Verve Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd, The Estate of Duke Ellington and Webster Music Co.
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A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: Kubrick's swan song, and arguably his greatest
8 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Stanley Kubrick is unarguably Anglo-American cinema's most potent reply to the 'Fellinis', the 'Bunuels', the 'Bergmans', the 'Kurosawas', the 'Rays', and the 'Tarkovskys' of the world. Ubiquitously known for his inexorable yearning for perfection and uncanny innovation, Kubrick had managed to hold millions of viewers worldwide in a transfixion through his brilliant works for well over four decades. Regarded by Kubrick as his very best, Eyes Wide Shut is incredibly brilliant and sui generis. It's an elixir for the sore eyes; a panacea for the perturbed souls; a surreally psychedelic pleasure. Like most of his avant-garde works, Eyes Wide Shut is open to speculation and can be interpreted in a number of ways.

Despite being rife with nudity, Eyes Wide Shut cannot be stigmatized or snubbed on the account of eroticism. On the contrary, it is aesthetic as well as thought-provoking. The movie incredibly manages to have a tremendous impact on the intellect as well as the viscera, asking incessant questions of the viewer while simultaneously haunting his thoughts and refining his imagination. The story revolves around a New York based doctor whose wife's confession of ephemeral infidelity perplexes him. Consequently, his chagrin and dudgeon drives him into a night of debauchery where he gets a lesson on sexual and moral enlightenment, which inexplicably saves him from an incipient turmoil. The cinematography is awe-inspiring to say the least and is well complemented by the plaintively haunting background score. The orgy scene, which is treated with contempt by many, is undoubtedly one of the most vivid scenes ever visualized or choreographed in the history of cinema. In fact, it is Kubrick's brilliant showmanship that makes it so very special.

Tom Cruise is absolutely brilliant and convincing in the challenging portrayal of Dr. Harford and succeeds in having an enormous impact on the viewers and also manages to evoke their empathy. The nocturnal odyssey being rife with debauchery and decadence, ironically serves as a lesson of moral reformation. Nicole Kidman is ravishingly scintillating in her portrayal. The couple has incredibly managed to mirror their real life chemistry and tension on screen.

The movie is a quintessence of cinematic excellence and can only be relished by discarding bigotry, conservatism and prejudice. The movie is a delectable feast and a must watch for patient viewers and lovers of avant-garde cinema. 10/10

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