Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Tom Cruise Dr. William Harford
Nicole Kidman Alice Harford
Madison Eginton Helena Harford
Jackie Sawiris Roz
Sydney Pollack Victor Ziegler
Leslie Lowe Illona
Peter Benson Bandleader
Todd Field Nick Nightingale
Michael Doven Ziegler's Secretary
Sky Dumont Sandor Szavost
Louise J. Taylor Gayle (as Louise Taylor)
Stewart Thorndike Nuala
Randall Paul Harris
Julienne Davis Mandy
Lisa Leone Lisa
Kevin Connealy Lou Nathanson
Marie Richardson Marion
Thomas Gibson Carl
Mariana Hewett Rosa
Dan Rollman Rowdy College Kid
Gavin Perry 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
Vinessa Shaw Domino
Florian Windorfer Maître D' - Café Sonata
Rade Serbedzija Milich (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Togo Igawa Japanese Man #1
Eiji Kusuhara Japanese Man #2
Leelee Sobieski Milich's Daughter
Sam Douglas Cab Driver
Angus MacInnes Gateman #1
Abigail Good Mysterious Woman/Masked Party Principal
Brian W. Cook Tall Butler
Leon Vitali Red Cloak
Carmela Marner Waitress at Gillespie's
Alan Cumming Desk Clerk
Fay Masterson Sally
Ateeka Poole Masked Party Goer
Russell Trigg Masked Party Goer
Dan Travers Masked Party Goer
Kate Whalin Masked Party Goer
Adam Pudney Masked Party Goer
Sharon Quinn Masked Party Goer
Matthew Thompson Masked Party Goer
Paul Spelling Masked Party Goer
Emma Lou Sharratt Masked Party Goer
James Demaria Masked Party Goer
Ben De Sausmarcz Masked Party Goer
Phil Davies Stalker
Cindy Dolenc Girl at Sharky's
Rade Sherbedgia
Movie Details
Genre Thriller; Drama; Mystery
Director Stanley Kubrick
Producer Stanley Kubrick; Frederic Raphael
Writer Arthur Schnitzler; Stanley Kubrick; Frederic Raphael
Studio Warner Brothers
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 159 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
It was inevitable that Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut would be the most misunderstood film of 1999. Kubrick died four months prior to its release, and there was no end to speculation how much he would have tinkered with the picture, changed it, "fixed" it. We'll never know. But even without the haunting enigma of the director's death--and its eerie echo/anticipation in the scene when Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) visits the deathbed of one of his patients--Eyes Wide Shut would have perplexed and polarized viewers and reviewers. After all, virtually every movie of Kubrick's post-U.S. career had; only 1964's Dr. Strangelove opened to something approaching consensus. Quite apart from the author's tinkering, Kubrick's movies themselves always seemed to change--partly because they changed us, changed the world and the ways we experienced and understood it. And we may expect Eyes Wide Shut to do the same. Unlike Kubrick himself, it has time.

So consider, as we settle in to live with this long, advisedly slow, mesmerizing film, how challenging and ambiguous its narrative strategy is. The source is an Arthur Schnitzler novella titled Traumnovelle (or "Dream Story"), and it's a moot question how much of Eyes Wide Shut itself is dream, from the blue shadows frosting the Harfords' bedroom to the backstage replica of New York's Greenwich Village that Kubrick built in England. Its major movement is an imaginative night-journey (even the daylight parts of it) taken by a man reeling from his wife's teasing confession of fantasized infidelity, and toward the end there is a token gesture of the couple waking to reality and, perhaps, a new, chastened maturity. Yet on some level--visually, psychologically, logically--every scene shimmers with unreality. Is everything in the movie a dream? And if so, who is dreaming it at any given moment, and why?

Don't settle for easy answers. Kubrick's ultimate odyssey beckons. And now the dream is yours. --Richard T. Jameson

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 184
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 085391765523
Chapters 38
Release Date 2000
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database