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Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Laura Mars
Tommy Lee Jones ... John Neville
Brad Dourif ... Tommy Ludlow
Rene Auberjonois ... Donald Phelps
Raul Julia ... Michael Reisler (as R.J.)
Frank Adonis ... Sal Volpe
Lisa Taylor ... Michele
Darlanne Fluegel ... Lulu
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Elaine Cassell
Bill Boggs ... Himself
Steve Marachuk ... Robert
Meg Mundy ... Doris Spenser
Marilyn Meyers Marilyn Meyers ... Sheila Weissman
Gary Bayer Gary Bayer ... Reporter
Mitchell Edmonds ... Reporter
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Storyline

Suddenly Laura Mars can see through the eyes of a serial killer as he commits his crimes. She contacts the police and with the aid of a police detective, tries to stop the killer. But first, they have to figure out who it is. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eyes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tommy Lee Jones actually wrote his own monologue, unbeknownst to the Writers' Guild, but accredited it to the film's director, Irvin Kershner. See more »

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When Laura is demonstrating to John Nevlle with the video camera, crew members are reflected on the monitor/TV screen. See more »

Quotes

Answering machine: [Recorded greeting on Michele and Lulu's answering machine] This is Lulu and Michele. We're not here, so go to hell! But if you're not a horny creep, leave a message at the beep!
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Raul Julia is billed simply as R.J. in the opening credits, but by his full name in the cast crawl at the end. See more »

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Produced by Sandy Linzer & Charles Calello (as Charlie Calello)
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Seeing is believing--looks maybe can't kill!
31 May 2006 | by unakaczynskiSee all my reviews

Eyes of Laura Mars -- Horror/Thriller -- 1978

This is an old supernatural thriller of sorts from way back in the 70s'. It revolves around a female fashion/glamour photographer who lives to make crude photographic nudie art that sepcializes in scenes of violence. Some people find her "art" to be rather disturbing and horribly offensive. So someone decides to go around killing her friends and acquaintances. To make matters worse, Laura Mars can see the murders happening--through her own eyes!

Here's the breakdown:

The Good:

--Clever story, and fairly original. Adds a nice twist to the usual cops-hunting-murderer story.

--Good acting all around. Brad Dourif is creepy, Tommy Lee Jones is cool, Raul Julia is... kinda weird...

--Good atmosphere and cinematography all around, with some strong direction. The tense moments are generally pretty well done.

--Some nice, genuine, surprises throughout the film. It does manage to successfully keep you guessing just who the killer is.

Didn't Hurt It, Didn't Help:

--Contains a decent amount of fairly well-known actors including Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif (better known as Chucky from the Child's Play series), Raul Julia, and Rene Auberjonois (famous for his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine role). It was also co-written by John "Halloween" Carpenter.

--Quite a bit of nudity. She is taking pictures of naked "victims of violence" after all.

--Somewhat grotesque 70's music permeates here and there.

--Some decent character development and depth.

The Bad:

--Not quite as scary or riveting as I'm sure it was back in '78. This review being written in 2006.

--Some "logic" problems every now and then. For instance, when Laura Mars sees someone being murdered, that's all she sees--yet there are times when she seems to be able to move around, once even driving a car, with more competence than one would expect from someone who just instantly "went blind."

--Occasional dips in the quality of the atmosphere and writing.

The Ugly:

--The make-up used on the models in the 70's. Holy crap!

Memorable Scene:

--Nice climax to the film.

Fun Fact:

--The photographic art in the film is actually from professional "glamour" photographer Helmut Newton.

Acting: 8/10 , Story: 8/10 , Atmosphere: 7/10 , Cinematography: 8/10 , Character Development: 7/10 , Special Effects/Make-up: 7/10 , Dialog: 7/10 , Music: 6/10 , Direction: 9/10

Nudity/Sexuality: 5/10 , Violence: 6/10 , Gore: 3/10

Cheesiness: 2/10 , Crappiness: 0/10

Overall: 7/10

Finally, I would recommend this to hardcore horror/thriller fans or film buffs. John Carpenter or Tommy Lee Jones fans will likely enjoy it. The movie is not without its problems, small though they are, but may not be enjoyed all that well by many modern viewers.

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