One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo

Mark Romanek (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Following his understated role in Insomnia, funnyman Robin Williams put in another exquisitely straight performance in this psychological thriller. Almost unrecognisable behind a receding hairline and glasses, he is hauntingly moving as supermarket photo processor Sy Parrish, whose lonely existence feeds an escalating obsession with a glamorous local family. A simple yet effective reflection on modern society's fixation with so-called flawless lifestyles, it's meticulously composed and tautly executed. Each frame of this unnerving chiller is a visually stunning snapshot of an innocent world distorted by human complexities. Director Mark Romanek draws on his music video background of storytelling through imagery, by applying varying degrees of colour and contrast to reflect the positive and negative emotions on display. This slick technique adds extra force to Williams's remarkable turn, while padding out the occasionally stilted supporting roles. The result is a startling and deeply atmospheric film, made all the more powerful by its unexpected climax.


A lonely photo technician develops an increasing obsession with a seemingly perfect couple and their child, whose pictures he processes - but when he uncovers evidence of marital infidelity, he resolves to expose the truth, regardless of the cost. Psychological thriller, starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole and Dylan Smith.

Cast & Crew

Seymour "Sy" Parrish Robin Williams
Nina Yorkin Connie Nielsen
Will Yorkin Michael Vartan
Bill Owens Gary Cole
Detective Van Der Zee Eriq La Salle
Jakob "Jake" Yorkin Dylan Smith
Maya Burson Erin Daniels
Yoshi Araki Paul Hansen Kim
Director Mark Romanek
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Contains swearing and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Oct 2002