Eyes Wide Shut

July 16th, 1999

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Eyes Wide Shut

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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.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.2/10 (120,632 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field

A doctor becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter after his wife admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met and chastising him for dishonesty in not admitting to his own fantasies. This sets him off into unfulfilled encounters with a dead patient's daughter and a hooker. But when he visits a nightclub, where a pianist friend Nick Nightingale is playing, he learns about a secret sexual group and decides to attend one of their congregations. However, he quickly learns he is in well over his head and finds he and his family are threatened.

Writers: Arthur Schnitzler, Stanley Kubrick

Tom Cruise - Dr. William 'Bill' Harford
Nicole Kidman - Alice Harford
Madison Eginton - Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris - Roz
Sydney Pollack - Victor Ziegler
Leslie Lowe - Illona Ziegler
Peter Benson - Bandleader
Todd Field - Nick Nightingale
Michael Doven - Ziegler's Secretary
Sky du Mont - Sandor Szavost (as Sky Dumont)
Louise J. Taylor - Gayle (as Louise Taylor)
Stewart Thorndike - Nuala
Randall Paul - Harris
Julienne Davis - Amanda 'Mandy' Curran
Lisa Leone - Lisa

Taglines: Cruise. Kidman. Kubrick.


Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 16 July 1999

Filming Locations: Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,706,163 (USA) (18 July 1999) (2411 Screens)

Gross: $160,637,680 (Worldwide) (10 October 1999)

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Did You Know?

Variety reported that Stanley Kubrick himself selected the movie's release date after analyzing scores of box-office data provided to him by Warner Bros.

Boom mic visible: In the poolroom scene with Bill and Victor, you can see the boom reflected in the green light when Victor says "OK, he had a bruise on his face."

[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.

User Review

Kubrick's Gift to us all. "I have seen one or two things in my life but never, never anything like this."

Rating: 10/10

I'm sitting here trying to come up with a clever comment about this movie to make you want to see it. When in reality it doesn't matter what I say. As Stallone would say "I'm at least half a bum." The truth to it is, it kind of makes me sad that I'll probably never see another movie that affects so much. Never experience a film that 6 years after it's release, I still can not forget.

To say the most, it's a powerful film. The directing is world class. The camera work is haunting and the soundtrack gives me chills. It's Cruise at his finest. He is so convincing that one might actually believe that this guy is Doctor Bill Harford and this really did happen to him. And that my friends is the definition of acting. The seriousness of the situation fades away with a stern smile as the plot thickens.

To say the least it is one of those movies you could watch over and over again. To be honest with you, I didn't buy it the first time I saw it. I thought it was good, but not great. Then one day I was bored, so I decided to see it again. And that's when it happened. Kubrick came alive. I became infected by his genius and captivated by Cruise's portrayal. His realization and his detail.

It's hard to pick my favorite scene in the movie. I couldn't pretend if I tried. I particularly love the opening party scene. That leads to a "Baby did a bad bad thing". Cruise being assaulted on the street being so eloquently called a fag. The prostitute. From the piano bar to the costume shop. And finally, the unionized orgy party, that I find hard to believe doesn't really exist. Maybe only guys like Kubrick or Cruise will ever really know if they do or not.

Many people might disagree with me when I say Eyes Wide Shut is one of the greatest films. But how come I think it is every time I watch it? To me, it's more than a beautiful work of art. More than a visceral painted picture or a haunting melody. It's a masterpiece that should be treasured.

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