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Eye for an Eye (1996)

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When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Erika Holzer (novel), Amanda Silver (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Karen McCann
Ed Harris ... Mack McCann
Olivia Burnette ... Julie McCann
Alexandra Kyle ... Megan McCann
Kiefer Sutherland ... Robert Doob
Joe Mantegna ... Det. Sgt. Denillo
Beverly D'Angelo ... Dolly Green
Darrell Larson ... Peter Green
Charlayne Woodard ... Angel Kosinsky
Philip Baker Hall ... Sidney Hughes
Keith David ... Martin
Wanda Acuna Wanda Acuna ... Hispanic Housewife
Geoffrey Rivas ... Hispanic Housewife's Husband
Armin Shimerman ... Judge Arthur Younger
Natalija Nogulich ... Susan Juke (as Natalia Nogulich)
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Storyline

Karen McCann's eldest daughter is raped and murdered whilst on the phone with her. When the case against Robert Doob, the perpetrator, is dismissed because of a technicality, she starts following him and sees how he checks out his next victim, a woman he delivers groceries to. She tells the police, but is only warned she must stop following Doob. When she tries to warn the woman, she is shooed out of the house. Doob, having found out that Karen is following him, threatens to do something to her youngest daughter. She then seeks help from a group of vigilantes connected to a support group, in order to shoot Doob. However, a friend from the support group turns out to be an FBI agent investigating the very vigilante activity Karen is involved in and warns her that she will go to jail for the rest of her life unless it is self-defense. In the meantime, tension grows between Karen and her husband Mack, because he finds out she has secretly been taking self-defense classes and has been ... Written by gerd86

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A John Schlesinger film See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Korean

Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ojo por ojo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,968,044, 14 January 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,792,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,192,700
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was made and released about fifteen years after the similarly titled Chuck Norris actioner An Eye for an Eye (1981) except that this movie dropped the "An" from the title as per the name of the film's source 1993 Erika Holzer novel "Eye For An Eye". See more »

Goofs

A crew member is reflected in Megan's bedroom mirror when Karen runs in to check on her. See more »

Quotes

Robert Doob: What are you gonna do? Shoot me?
Karen McCann: You broke into my house with the intent to do me bodily harm. The law says I have the right to protect myself.
Robert Doob: What? You want me to say I'm sorry? It could have been anybody. I don't even remember what she looked like. It's nothing personal.
Karen McCann: She was seventeen years old. She was five-foot two. She had brown eyes. Her name was Julie. She was my daughter.
Robert Doob: She was a great f-f-f-fuck.
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Connections

Referenced in Enough (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuando Yo Muera
By Julia Alvarado and Jose R. Encarnacion Peralta
Performed by Grupo Wad
Courtesy of Sony Discos, Inc.
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Telling it like it is...
14 September 2001 | by catriona767See all my reviews

...seems to have enraged some viewers of this film. The bad guy is really bad. Guess what, they're like that in the real world too. There are plenty of bad guys out there who have no redeeming qualities and do laugh at the system, assuming it will never be able to really punish them. I found this movie very believable and thought the acting was terrific and the climax very satisfying. It was nice to see something come out of Hollywood that wasn't skewed in perspective by the left coast that produced it. Anybody who thinks Robert Doob as a character is too one-dimensional to be believable has never met a violent criminal in the flesh.


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