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Surveillance (2008)

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Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

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3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dad (Steven)
David Gane ...
Grocery Man
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Captain Billings
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Daryl Haney ...
Drug Dealer (as D.R. Haney)
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Elaine Meyer
Angela Lamarsh ...
Maid
Gerald Lenton-Young ...
Coroner (as Gerald Layton-Young)
Jennifer Miles ...
TV Reporter
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Johnny
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Officer Wright
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Storyline

Grisly murders occur in a small town. Two FBI agents arrive, set up their cameras in three interview rooms, and set up interviews of three survivors: a girl of about nine, a foul-mouthed cop with a bandaged hand, and a young woman of about 20 who uses drugs. Each tells their story as the male FBI agent listens and watches from a separate room: the girl draws for and talks to the female agent, the local chief interviews the injured cop, and two officers interview the young woman. As they tell their stories, some of which are inaccurate and self-serving, we see what actually happened the day before. Can the agents or anyone else put the pieces together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Executive Producer David Lynch See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 July 2008 (Germany)  »

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Наблюдение  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,590, 28 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,349, 22 September 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,115,493, 22 September 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the first time in the seven year run of the New York City Horror Film Festival, Jennifer Lynch became the first female to win the Best Director award and Ryan Simpkins became the youngest actress to win Best Actress. See more »

Goofs

The closing credits state that the cast is listed in alphabetical order, but Daryl Haney's name is listed after Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, and Pell James (despite the fact that it precedes all of them alphabetically). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Anderson: You're never going to sleep again.
Sam Hallaway: That's the point.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits the title appears, but now blood splattered See more »

Connections

Referenced in Surveillance: The Watched Are Watching (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Away
Composed by Michelle Boudreau
Performed by Michelle Boudreau
Published by Talking Dog Publishing
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Fantastic, Disturbing Thriller
7 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

How have I not heard of this movie before? Absolutely fantastic. It's difficult to review a movie by Jennifer Lynch without comparing it to the work of her father. 'Surveillance' possesses the Lynchian small town banality, stilted dialogue, awkward character dynamics, brutal violence, truly twisted killers, and generally off-kilter weirdness that you'd expect. But despite the stylistic similarities, the two are very different filmmakers. 'Surveillance' has a far more traditional structure with a familiar art-house/indie conceit of multiple perspectives and unreliable narrators. The central mystery is expertly revealed through the eyewitness accounts of several individuals, slowly building the sense of dread to a knock-out last act revelation that doesn't disappoint. One of the best thrillers in recent years and deserving of a much larger audience. More than enough evidence that Jennifer Lynch is a talent in her own right.


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