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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

Cast

Tom CruiseDr. William Harford
Nicole KidmanAlice Harford
Madison EgintonHelena Harford
Jackie SawirisRoz
Sydney PollackVictor Ziegler
Leslie LoweIllona Ziegler
Peter BensonBandleader
Todd FieldNick Nightingale
Michael DovenZiegler's Secretary
Sky du MontSandor Szavost
Louise J. TaylorGayle
Stewart ThorndikeNuala
Randall PaulHarris
Julienne DavisMandy
Lisa LeoneLisa
Kevin ConnealyLou Nathanson
Marie RichardsonMarion
Thomas GibsonCarl
Mariana HewettRosa
Dan RollmanRowdy College Kid
Gavin ParryRowdy College Kid
Chris PareRowdy College Kid
Adam LiasRowdy College Kid
Christian ClarkeRowdy College Kid
Kyle WhitcombeRowdy College Kid
Gary GobaNaval Officer
Vinessa ShawDomino
Florian WindorferCafé Sonata Maître D'
Rade SerbedzijaMilich
Togo IgawaJapanese Man #1
Eiji KusuharaJapanese Man #2
Leelee SobieskiMilich's Daughter
Sam DouglasCab Driver
Angus MacInnesGateman #1
Abigail GoodMasked Party Principal / Mysterious Woman
Brian W. CookTall Butler
Leon VitaliRed Cloak
Carmela MarnerWaitress at Gillespie's
Alan CummingDesk Clerk
Fay MastersonSally
Phil DaviesStalker
Cindy DolencGirl at Sharky's
Clark HayesHospital Receptionist
Treva EtienneMorgue Orderly
Colin AngusMasked Party Principal
Karla AshleyMasked Party Principal
Kate CharmanMasked Party Principal
James DemariaMasked Party Principal
Anthony DesergioMasked Party Principal
Janie DickensMasked Party Principal
Laura FallaceMasked Party Principal
Vanessa FentonMasked Party Principal
Georgina FinchMasked Party Principal
Peter GodwinMasked Party Principal
Joanna HeathMasked Party Principal
Lee HenshawMasked Party Principal
Ateeka PooleMasked Party Principal
Adam PudneyMasked Party Principal
Sharon QuinnMasked Party Principal
Ben De SaumserezMasked Party Principal
Emma Lou SharrattMasked Party Principal
Paul SpellingMasked Party Principal
Matthew ThompsonMasked Party Principal
Dan TraversMasked Party Principal
Russell TriggMasked Party Principal
Kate WhalinMasked Party Principal
Emilio D'AlessandroMan at Newsstand (uncredited)
Donna EwinMasked Buxom Girl (uncredited)
Tres HanleyCoffee Shop Manager (uncredited)
Alex HobbsBoy in Examination Room (uncredited)
Christiane KubrickWoman Sitting Behind Dr. Harford at Café Sonata (uncredited)
Katharina KubrickMother of Boy in Examination Room (uncredited)
Stanley KubrickBearded Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Kurt LeitnerMasked Party Stud (uncredited)
Taylor MurphyMasked Party Principal (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 159 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 16, 1999
    EuropeSep 10, 1999
    JapanJul 31, 1999
    AustraliaAug 5, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 7, 2000
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