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Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

Stanley Kubrick (1999)

18 Certificate
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Full of trademark themes and characteristic compositions, Stanley Kubrick's final film is also his most fascinatingly flawed. With its style often resembling 1970s European art house movies, it lacks the morbidity to pass as a Buñuelian satire, and is too stately and serious to succeed as a commercial enterprise. Tom Cruise - as the doctor recklessly seeking a means of avenging his wife's fantasised infidelity - is far too controlled for his character's fraught nocturnal adventures to be plausible. Nicole Kidman, as his wife, is less visible, but simmers with potential erotic danger. Despite expectations, this is a disappointingly conservative conclusion to a career spent pushing back cinematic boundaries. Perhaps, after so long without directing a movie, Kubrick cared too much.


A successful doctor is shocked to discover his wife once harboured feelings for another man and resolves to get even by embarking on an affair of his own - only to end up involved with a dangerous exclusive cult. Stanley Kubrick's drama, starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack and Marie Richardson.

Cast & Crew

Dr William Harford Tom Cruise
Alice Harford Nicole Kidman
Victor Ziegler Sydney Pollack
Marion Nathanson Marie Richardson
Mililch Rade Serbedzija
Nick Nightingale Todd Field
Domino Vinessa Shaw
Milich's daughter Leelee Sobieski
Desk clerk Alan Cumming
Director Stanley Kubrick
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: May be edited for violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 10 Sep 1999


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