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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

X (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 April 1965 (Sweden)
A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Robert Dillon (screenplay), Ray Russell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Dr. Xavier develops eye drops intended to increase the range of human vision, allowing one to see beyond the visible spectrum. Believing that testing on animals and volunteers will produce ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Dr. James Xavier
Diana Van der Vlis ... Dr. Diane Fairfax (as Diana van der Vlis)
Harold J. Stone ... Dr. Sam Brant
John Hoyt ... Dr. Willard Benson
Don Rickles ... Crane
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Dr. James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) it also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but through the very fabric of reality! Written by Brennan Storr

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Suddenly he could see through clothes, flesh... and walls! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Working title: "X" See more »

Goofs

The first x-ray that Dr. Xavier quizzes Dr. Fairfax with is normal chest x-ray. There is no bullet anywhere on that film. Bullets show up very well on x-rays. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: Are you a sinner? Do you wish to be saved?
Dr. James Xavier: Saved? No. I've come to tell you what I see. There are great darknesses. Farther than time itself. And beyond the darkness... a light that glows, changes... and in the center of the universe... the eye that sees us all.
[Looks up at the sky]
Dr. James Xavier: No!
Preacher: You see sin and the devil! But the lord has told us what to do about it. Said Matthew in Chapter Five, "If thine eye offends thee... pluck it out!"
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Alternate Versions

Through an apparent lab error, some of the 16mm U.S. television syndication prints had the ending credits in Spanish. See more »

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Referenced in Misery (1990) See more »

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Do You See What I See?
31 March 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

A very thoughtful, engrossing, flawed film from superhuman director/producer Roger Corman. Yep, it has some problems, most primarily dealing with a limited budget. But what it lacks in dollars it has in heart and its ability to make you think about what we are missing out seeing with our vision. I am not sure that much, or even any, scientific creedence can be given to the idea behind the experiments of Dr. Xavier James and his search to see beyond what normal vision allows. Ray Milland gives a fine performance as the obsessed man out to continue his experiments even if they involve using himself as the human guinea pig. Some of the scenes and dialogue are a bit hokey by today's standards but most fit the film very nicely. The scene with Milland at a party is a real hoot and great comedic relief. I also loved the end to the film but thought it could have been plucked out a little longer. The effects are very sparse and the only ones I really thought were any good were the ones used to highlight Milland's eyes through the film. The film boasts a fine cast of stalwart sci-fi/Corman people such as Morris Ankrum, Dick Miller, Jonathan Haze, and Barboura Morris, as well as a young(and obviously talented) Don Rickles. Definitely try to see your way to seeing this film.


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