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Eyes Wide Shut

A movie directed, produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick

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Stanley Kubrick's last film.

  • Aug 5, 2009
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Tom Cruise stars as  Bill a man in a mundane marriage with an equally bored wife Alice (Nicole Kidman).  After a strange party involving a near fatal overdose and seduction, the couple return home where Alice tells Bill a tale about a time that she would have left him for one night just to spend time with an naval officer who caught her fancy.  Bill shocked by her admission is left in a daze that follow a series of events that will test their relationship as temptation, sexual situations and a secret society challenge Bill to either remain faithful or be led astray.

Eyes Wide Shut was Stanley Kubrick's final film but he never even got the chance to present a final cut. The production on this film was very lengthy and re shoots and hundreds of takes were never enough for the man.  Kubrick was a total perfectionist (that's what happens when a photographer becomes a film maker) and I don't think that he ever got a film on time. The movie was very non-commercial and a lot of post production tinkering was made to get it some mainstream appeal.  Kid man and Cruise are brilliant in this film and fellow director Sidney Pollack shows that he can act as well as direct. Sadly this was not the movie that I wanted to see Kubrick make before he died (what ever happened to the Aryan Papers and the Napoleon project?)  Besides it's flaws WES is a brilliant film that shows that after all these years and after a lengthy period of inactivity Kubrick proved once again that he is a masterful filmmaker.

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August 05, 2009
I still can't decide if I liked this film or not. It was pretty creepy. Nice Review!
 
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review by . February 24, 2005
Pros: Nicole Kidman.     Cons: Script lacked cohesion; there was no real story here.     The Bottom Line: It turned out instead to be a bit of a bore, with a few titillating scenes thrown in for good measure.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I remember when the whispers began about Eyes Wide Shut, a supposedly incredibly erotic and sensual dramatic film staring the husband and wife team of Tom …
review by . April 27, 2001
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This clever but ultimately unsatisfying erotic psychodrama has a couple of high points but for me fell flat most of the way. It is clearly intended to seem unreal, but also seems contrived in too many places. The best parts for me are scenes where Kubrick plays on the ambiguities of jealousy in both male and female flavors. He touches on very uncomfortable realities for both men and women. Yet he lets go of the tension just when he needs it most.In the pivotal early scene, the wife confesses an …
review by . May 15, 2000
Pros: Beautiful scenery     Cons: Way too long, plot was very thin, bad acting     What a let down this film was. After all of the hype and then Kubrick dying. I had high expectations about this film but was really dissapointed by it in many ways.      The plot didn't make any sense. It was all cloak and daggers and fog that went no where. It was two steps away from being laughable. Several times the audience tittered nervously throughout …
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Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is a psychological drama with many elements of an erotic thriller considered by some a cult film directed, produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) by Arthur Schnitzler. It was Kubrick's last film before his death. The story, set in and around New York City, follows the surreal, sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise), who is shocked after his wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), reveals she contemplated an affair a year earlier. This leads him on a night-long, eventful sexual adventure, which climaxes with him infiltrating a masked orgy.

The film appeared on 16 July 1999 to generally positive critical reaction.

The film begins in the apartment of a wealthy, married couple, Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) and Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman), who are preparing for a Christmas party at the home of Victor Ziegler (Sydney Pollack), a friend and patient of Bill's. During the party, a Hungarian man (Sky du Mont) tries to seduce Alice, while two younger models try to seduce Bill. Alice and Bill both resist temptations. During the party, Bill is summoned by Ziegler to his bathroom where he finds a naked woman, Mandy (Julienne Davis), over-dosed from a speedball. Bill helps her regain consciousness and promises Victor he will not speak of the event. Bill also meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale (Todd Field), a former fellow student who dropped out of medical school and is now a pianist at the...
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