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Eyes Wide Shut

159 min
Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
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Stanley Kubrick
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 1999-07-16
Filming Locations: Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London, England, UK
Budget: $65,000,000
Opening Weekend: $21,706,163 (USA) (18 July 1999)
Gross: $55,637,680 (USA) (3 October 1999)
Leelee Sobieski
Leelee Sobieski
Eyes Wide Shut
Tom Cruise
Dr. William Harford
Nicole Kidman
Alice Harford
Sydney Pollack
Victor Ziegler
Marie Richardson
Rade Serbedzija
Todd Field
Nick Nightingale
Vinessa Shaw
Sky du Mont
Sandor Szavost
Fay Masterson
Thomas Gibson
Madison Eginton
Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris
Leslie Lowe
Illona Ziegler
Peter Benson
Michael Doven
Ziegler's Secretary
Louise J. Taylor
Stewart Thorndike
Randall Paul
Julienne Davis
Lisa Leone
Kevin Connealy
Lou Nathanson
Mariana Hewett
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
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?
According to writer Frederic Raphael, the final form of Bill's family name (Harford, as opposed to Scheuer in the original story) was inspired by a debate about Bill's character. Raphael felt Bill should be Jewish as in the original, but Stanley Kubrick insisted Bill and Alice be "vanilla" Americans, without any details that would arouse any presumptions. Kubrick said that Bill should be a bit like Harrison Ford - hence the name Harford. Ironically, Ford himself is Jewish on his mother's side.
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The film was "pushed" two stops in processing, enabling Stanley Kubrick to film using existing source lighting (table lamps, overhead lights et cetera) whenever possible. The light level remained low even when lighting had to be supplemented with Lowell or Chinese paper ball lamps as fill or key lights.
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Christiane Kubrick (Stanley's wife) and Katharina Kubrick (Kubrick's stepdaughter) contributed original paintings to the film.
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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 Dr. Bill arrives at the gate of the mansion, a red Mitsubishi Pajero SUV is clearly the only vehicle there. The man on the gate offers to run Bill up to the house, yet when Bill arrives at the door, the SUV has changed to a Jeep Cherokee of the same colour as the Pajero.
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When Bill and Victor talk by the pool table, Victor's glass changes positions.
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Alice Harford: If he wanted me, I would give up everything.
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Alice Harford: Hmmm, tell me something, those two girls at the party last night. Did you, by any chance, happen to fuck them?
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Victor Ziegler: Sorry to call you out so late tonight.
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Was the hooker from the orgy party who saved Bill murdered by the cult members, or did she actually die from a drug overdose of her own doing?
Bill is under the impression that the woman who took an overdose in the bathroom at Victor Zeigler's party is the same woman who 'redeemed' him at the masked ball and is also the same woman whom he read about in the newspaper and whose corpse he visited at the morgue. Victor allows Bill to believe this because it is convenient and would prevent Bill from investigating further i.e. nothing happened to her after the masked ball and she subsequently took a second accidental overdose which this time killed her.Mandy (the woman in the bathroom at Victor's party) and the woman that Bill reads about in the newspaper are indeed the same person. However, the woman who 'redeems' him at the masked ball is somebody else entirely. The clue is in the cast list; Mandy is played by Julienne Davis whereas the woman at the masked ball who 'redeems' Bill is played by Abigail Good. Therefore, it is likely that some kind of unfortunate ordeal awaited the woman from the masked ball.Remember, Bill is actually quite gullible and never questions anything that he is told throughout the movie; he believes his wife when she tells him of a fantasy about a naval officer; he believes Sally when she tells him that Domino is HIV positive; and he believes Victor in the scene in the billiard room. But there is no evidence to back up anything that any of them have told Bill. All of them could be lying to him.
How many versions of Eyes Wide Shut are there?
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.
Who are the masked couple in the orgy party and why does the man nod his head at Bill?
It is implied that the masked man might be Victor Ziegler, and the masked woman with him might be another one of his mistresses or escorts greeting the new arrival to the gathering; both of them unaware of who it really is until Bill is forced to take off his mask for the red-cloaked cult leader.There is another theory that it may be Sandor Szavost with a mistress. However, it essentially doesn't really matter who the couple are; what is important is that they have spotted Bill. Of course, when they acknowledge him from the balcony they wouldn't know that it is Bill. It is likely that these masked balls are regular events and that each guest has a specific mask that they always wear. The couple on the balcony almost certainly do not recognize the mask that Bill is wearing and are therefore curious about him. When Bill senses that he is being watched and looks up, the masked man nods at him as if greeting him and Bill nods in return. After the opening ceremony is over, the masked man would probably then check on who this newcomer is which leads to Bill being tracked down and ultimately being led before the cult leader.
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