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Eye of God (1997)

We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told ... See full summary »

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Tim Blake Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Kay Place ... Claire Spencer
Nick Stahl ... Tom Spencer
Chris Freihofer ... Les Hector
Woody Watson ... Glen Briggs
Martha Plimpton ... Ainsley DuPree
Margo Martindale ... Dorothy
Kevin Anderson ... Jack Stillings
Wally Welch ... R.J. Prichard
Larry Flynn Larry Flynn ... Jim Nutter
Richard Jenkins ... Willard Sprague
Maggie Moore Maggie Moore ... Janice
Vernon Grote Vernon Grote ... Fast Food Customer
Gary Ragland ... Lee
Hal Holbrook ... Sheriff Rogers
Carolyn Wickwire ... Mrs. Rogers
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Storyline

We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told out of normal time sequence, showing us brief glimpses of the beginning, middle and end of the two stories in seemingly random order. One story concerns Ainsley DuPree, who meets and marries her prison pen pal Jack. The other story begins with the discovery of a mute and bloody teenager, found wandering and in shock in the middle of the night, and the efforts of the town sheriff to determine what happened to him. As the film unfolds these tales, the viewer is confronted with questions of the existence and mercy of God and the hopelessness of being alone and adrift in an indifferent world. Written by Sean Parlaman <seanpar@efn.org>

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Sometimes a leap of faith can be deadly.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language and depiction of abortion | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

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English | German

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Obsessions See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Minnow Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ainsley DuPree: Children. That's all we are, Lord, if you're out there at all. Your children, boys and girls. Forgive us.
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References Knight Rider (1982) See more »

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Interesting and realistic

Directed by Tim Blake Nelson, most recently recognisable from his performances in Holes and The Good Girl, Eye of God is a story of doomed love and loneliness told out of order.

Martha Plimpton is Ainsley Dupree (a name I think sounds quite cool and have since used in stories of my own) a waitress who falls in love with a dangerous ex-con (Kevin Anderson). After wondering what the hell she has soon married into she seeks comfort with lonely teenager Tom.

I liked this movie a lot and the performances were very good all round. Especially Holbrook, he was just so believable as an old sheriff who's seen it all. Nick Stahl is much better here than he was in Disturbing Behavior. I think the last few scenes with him and Martha Plimpton were quite intimate and it really made the whole movie totally enjoyable for me.

Highly recommended but quite a rare film to come across in stores or on TV.


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