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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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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Christiane Kubrick (Stanley's wife) and Katharina Kubrick (Kubrick's stepdaughter) contributed original paintings to the film. See more »

Goofs

In the overdose scene in Ziegler's bathroom, crewman with hat distractingly reflected in the shower chrome trim (reports are the video transfer has made this less obvious). See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the staff of Hamleys of London. See more »


Soundtracks

Old Fashioned Way
(1953)
Performed by The Victor Silvester Orchestra
Courtesy of Castle Copyrights Ltd
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Published by Chappell Aznavour Ltd
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Like all Kubrick, more than the sum of its parts.
17 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I admire the work of Stanley Kubrick very much. All his films remain in my mind with a vitality far beyond most of the other work I see, even though the details of the films are often boring or inscrutable.

Eyes Wide Shut is no exception - there were many times in the movie where I could find no meaning or interest in an individual moment, but the overall experience is a lingering one with a deep impact - maybe Kubrick works the magic of making the spectator really _feel_ the characters turmoil and inner struggles by including so much of the mundane and seemingly unrelated incidents of "real life".

A fine conclusion to an excellent career.

p.s., being in Canada I had to put up with the "edited" version, which was certainly not subtle in its censorship. Oddly enough the couple beside me walked out from boredom, not sexual squeamishness. Should have digitally added some gunfights.


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