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Eye for an Eye (1996)

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 ... Detective Sergeant Denillo
Beverly D'Angelo ... Dolly Green
Darrell Larson ... Peter Green
Charlayne Woodard ... Angel Kosinsky
Philip Baker Hall ... Sidney Hughes
Keith David ... Martin
Wanda Acuna ... Redheaded Woman
Geoffrey Rivas ... Redheaded's Husband
Armin Shimerman ... Judge 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What do you do when justice fails? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and disturbing violence which includes rape | 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

Gross USA:

$26,792,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,192,700
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motto of the victims' support group was ""You show me your heartbreak and I'll show you mine". See more »

Goofs

When Karen McCann (Sally Field) requests Robert Doob's (Kiefer Sutherland's) police report, the clerk whites-out Doob's address from the Xeroxed copy, then gives that same paper to McCann. That would never be done, since the blocked words could be read through the paper from the back of the photocopy. Any real records clerk would re-Xerox the altered record and give McCann the secondary duplicate, from which the blocked address could not be read - either from the back of the paper, or by wiping the front of it (as McCann was doing). See more »

Quotes

Karen McCann: Are you married?
Angel Kosinsky: Yeah - her name is Michelle.
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Soundtracks

Abolie
By Alfonso Velasquez and Silvio Sosa
Performed by Cocoband
Courtesy of Kubaney Records
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A Scary, Thought-Provoking Drama
20 December 1998 | by Adam ESee all my reviews

EYE FOR AN EYE is an intense, nail-biting thriller that has a good message and taut direction. The script is from the people who wrote HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, and this is just as intense. While the whole cast delivers fine performances, Kiefer Sutherland is the one who stands out and does a creepy job. It may be hard to watch at times, but I thought it was a rather moving and powerful film.


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