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Eyes Wide Shut

Year:
Duration:
159 min
Genres:
Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
IMDB rate:
7.3
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1999-07-16
Filming Locations: Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London, England, UK
Earnings
Budget: $65,000,000
Opening Weekend: $21,706,163 (USA) (18 July 1999)
Gross: $55,637,680 (USA) (3 October 1999)
Cast
Actor
Character
Leelee Sobieski
Leelee Sobieski
Eyes Wide Shut
Tom Cruise
Dr. William Harford
Nicole Kidman
Alice Harford
Sydney Pollack
Victor Ziegler
Marie Richardson
Marion
Rade Serbedzija
Milich
Todd Field
Nick Nightingale
Vinessa Shaw
Domino
Sky du Mont
Sandor Szavost
Fay Masterson
Sally
Thomas Gibson
Carl
Madison Eginton
Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris
Roz
Leslie Lowe
Illona Ziegler
Peter Benson
Bandleader
Michael Doven
Ziegler's Secretary
Louise J. Taylor
Gayle
Stewart Thorndike
Nuala
Randall Paul
Harris
Julienne Davis
Mandy
Lisa Leone
Lisa
Kevin Connealy
Lou Nathanson
Mariana Hewett
Rosa
Dan Rollman
Rowdy College Kid
Gavin Parry
Rowdy College Kid
Chris Pare
Rowdy College Kid
Adam Lias
Rowdy College Kid
Christian Clarke
Rowdy College Kid
Kyle Whitcombe
Rowdy College Kid
Gary Goba
Naval Officer
Florian Windorfer
Café Sonata Maître D'
Togo Igawa
Japanese Man #1
Eiji Kusuhara
Japanese Man #2
Sam Douglas
Cab Driver
Angus MacInnes
Gateman #1
Abigail Good
Masked Party Principal / Mysterious Woman
Brian W. Cook
Tall Butler
Alan Cumming
Desk Clerk
Leon Vitali
Red Cloak
Carmela Marner
Waitress at Gillespie's
Phil Davies
Stalker
Cindy Dolenc
Girl at Sharky's
Clark Hayes
Hospital Receptionist
Treva Etienne
Morgue Orderly
Colin Angus
Masked Party Principal
Karla Ashley
Masked Party Principal
Kate Charman
Masked Party Principal (as Kathryn Charman)
James Demaria
Masked Party Principal
Anthony Desergio
Masked Party Principal
Janie Dickens
Masked Party Principal
Laura Fallace
Masked Party Principal
Vanessa Fenton
Masked Party Principal
Georgina Finch
Masked Party Principal
Peter Godwin
Masked Party Principal
Joanna Heath
Masked Party Principal
Lee Henshaw
Masked Party Principal
Ateeka Poole
Masked Party Principal
Adam Pudney
Masked Party Principal
Sharon Quinn
Masked Party Principal
Ben De Saumserez
Masked Party Principal (as Ben De Sausmarez)
Emma Lou Sharratt
Masked Party Principal
Paul Spelling
Masked Party Principal
Matthew Thompson
Masked Party Principal
Dan Travers
Masked Party Principal
Russell Trigg
Masked Party Principal
Kate Whalin
Masked Party Principal
Emilio D'Alessandro
Man at Newsstand (uncredited)
Tres Hanley
Coffee Shop Manager (uncredited)
Sam Heydon
Masked Party Principal (uncredited)
Alex Hobbs
Boy in Examination Room (uncredited)
Christiane Kubrick
Woman Sitting Behind Dr. Harford at Café Sonata
Katharina Kubrick
Mother of Boy in Examination Room (uncredited)
Stanley Kubrick
Bearded Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Kurt Leitner
Masked Party Stud (uncredited)
Taylor Murphy
Masked Party Principal (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Harvey Keitel and Jennifer Jason Leigh originally played Victor Ziegler and Marion Nathanson. After Keitel and Leigh had shot some scenes, Keitel left the production due to his obligations to another project. His scenes needed to be reshot, but Leigh was not available to reshoot them (due to a scheduling conflict with eXistenZ (1999)). Consequently, Sydney Pollack and Marie Richardson were brought in to play the respective roles.
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Sky du Mont dubbed his part himself in the German release.
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The article Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) is reading in the café titled "Ex-beauty queen dies in hotel drugs overdose" is credited to Larry Celona, the journalistic advisor for the film.
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Goofs
When Dr. William 'Bill' Harford is reading his rescuer's obituary, two lines from the second paragraph of the first column 'Hotel by security personnel after her / agent asked them to check on her be-' are printed a second time before the following lines. There are also similarly repeated sentences in the second and third column as well.
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After being followed while walking, Bill enters a restaurant. As seen from outside, the street is completely deserted. But from inside, as Bill enters, you can see people walking by outside the door.
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When Bill returns his costume to Rainbow Fashions, Millich tells him the bill is $375. His daughter then comes out and interrupts the transaction. When the Chinese men leave, the transaction has supposedly been completed, but Bill never actually paid.
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Quotes
Dr. Bill Harford: Are you sure of that?
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Victor Ziegler: Sorry to call you out so late tonight.
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Dr. Bill Harford: What do he want?
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Faq
Q
How many versions of Eyes Wide Shut are there?
A
Because of the film's controversy, original NC-17 versions of the film have been released in the United States. Citing contractual obligations to deliver an R rating during the theatrical release, Warner Bros. digitally altered the orgy scene for the American release of Eyes Wide Shut, blocking out images of extremely graphic sexuality by inserting additional figures into the scene to obscure the view, thus avoiding an adults-only NC-17 rating that might have limited distribution of the film, as some large American theaters and video store operators have a policy that disallows films with that rating. This alteration of Kubrick's vision antagonized many cinephiles, as they argued that Kubrick had never been shy about ratings; A Clockwork Orange had an X-rating.A complete, uncut version has been released by Warner Bros. Pictures, and is avaiaible on DVD. The film is also, interestingly enough, un-edited in all international versions. In the UK, upon the film's theatrical release, no alternations where made, and in Australia, the film has been released (theatrical, home video and DVD) in an unchanged form. A detailed comparison between the R-Rated Version and the Unrated version with pictures can be found here.ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF THE FILM INCLUDE:*All British prints are missing the recitation of a passage from the Bhagavad Gita (the holiest Hindu book) during an orgy scene. Warner Bros. cut this before release of the film due to protests from Hindu organizations due to a holy scripture's use during a lustful scene. It was also removed from all worldwide home video releases of the film.*The original theatrical version included a goof in an early scene (a boom operator was reflected on a steel shower stall post in Victor Ziegler's bathroom) this has been digitally removed on the home video releases.*In the DVD/Video version, when Nicole Kidman gives her monologue about yearning for the Naval Officer, she mouths the words "We made love." But the words "You and I made love," are heard. This was done to clear up the confusion about whom she actually made love to.*Most non-English language versions translated copies of the letter Dr. Harford receives when returning to the front gate of the house with the "forbidden party" and of the newspaper article about the ex-Miss N.Y., Mandy, were shot and replaced the original English text.*In the lengthy shot where Nicole Kidman dances naked in front of a mirror to Chris Isaak's "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing," the second half of the shot, once Tom Cruise walks over, has been zoomed considerably for the DVD. The first half is as it was shown in theaters, with rear nudity from Kidman, but seconds before Cruise enters the frame, the image starts to zoom up and in rapidly, so that when Cruise enters, only a section from his elbow up is visible. In the theatrical version and the original unrated trailer, when Cruise enters, the frame goes well below his navel.*The Region 3 release (Hong Kong) is uncut, but does NOT contain the passages from the Bhagavad Gita recited during the orgy scene. The verses, "paritranaya sadhunam, vinasaya ca duskritam, dharma-samstapanarthaya, sambhavami yuge yuge", are heard on the soundtrack (track 9), as well as the United States DVD releases.
Q
What exactly was the point of the party? Everyone walking around in masks only to stand and watch others have sex? Do they take turns having sex with the girls?
A
They may take turns, or they may simply enjoy watching and being watched. Either way, it's a very sexually-charged environment. As for the masks, Victor says "those weren't just ordinary people", implying that they may be politicians or other well-known people who can't have themselves discovered.On the other hand, if this is a real cult, rather than a bunch of play actors, then we can't even speculate on their motives.
Q
How old was Milich's daughter?
A
The draft screenplay refers to her as being "maybe 14." Actress Leelee Sobieski was aged 16 at the time of the film's release.
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Photos from cast
Leelee Sobieski Donna Ewin
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