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One Hour Photo (2002)

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A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

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Mark Romanek

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Mark Romanek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Seymour Parrish
Connie Nielsen ... Nina Yorkin
Michael Vartan ... Will Yorkin
Dylan Smith ... Jakob Yorkin
Erin Daniels ... Maya Burson
Paul Hansen Kim ... Yoshi Araki
Lee Garlington ... Waitress
Gary Cole ... Bill Owens
Marion Calvert Marion Calvert ... Mrs. Von Unwerth
David Moreland David Moreland ... Mr. Siskind
Shaun P. O'Hagan Shaun P. O'Hagan ... Young Father
Jim Rash ... Amateur Porn Guy
Nick Searcy ... Repairman
Dave Engfer Dave Engfer ... Sav-Mart Clerk
Jimmy Shubert ... Soccer Coach
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Storyline

Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs. Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state. Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The things that we fear the most have already happened to us... See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Retratos de una obsesión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$321,515, 25 August 2002

Gross USA:

$31,597,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,223,306
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Names of other photographers also appear, including: Yoshi Araki (Nobuyoshi Araki is a very well-known Japanese photographer), Bill Owens, 'Ellen von Unwerth' (a popular German photographer), Aaron Siskind, Paul Outerbridge. See more »

Goofs

Sy's mugshot photos are taken with a digital camera and processed on a computer. Law enforcement agencies never have, and probably never will, develop crime photos digitally. Law enforcement agencies and archives use film over digital because it doesn't degrade as rapidly as digital media, it is much more difficult to edit/manipulate and it comes out much clearer than a digital image ever has. See more »

Quotes

Sy Parrish: [voice-over following opening interrogation room scene] Family photos depict smiling faces... births, weddings, holidays, children's birthday parties. People take pictures of the happy moments in their lives. Someone looking through our photo album would conclude that we had led a joyous, leisurely existence free of tragedy. No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.
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Alternate Versions

In this early cut a temp score was used featuring Thomas Newman's score to American Beauty and The Shawshank Redemption. Hans Zimmer score for The Thin Red Line was used when Sy follows the Yorkins car (When he slips the photo in). 'Clint Mansell''s Requiem for a Dream score was used during the final chase sequence. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Girls: Episode #6.4 (2004) See more »

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Coming Home
Written by William Aura, Craig Dobbin and Alain Eskinasi
Performed by 3rd Force
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clinical stalking for williams
11 August 2003 | by sorfmeisterSee all my reviews

well it was a pleasant surprise to see williams in this type of role and succeeding. although he played the very questionable (and dodgy) killer in insomnia, his role in one hour photo was very near perfect in this minor gem of a film. granted williams has been actively pursuing these alternative roles of late and yes it could be construed as being a cynical move on his behalf, however this does not detract from the fact that his role in photo was scarily on the mark.

the directors (romanek) flair for colour synchronicity and immaculate art direction does not stray far from his beginnings as a music video director, however it is this attention to detail and precision that accentuates williams when he chooses to lose the plot. a memorable scene in the film of william's characters eyes squirting blood is in stark contrast to the ordered white formica and polished chrome surfaces that intimate to the spectator a feeling of staring intently at snapshots of a desperate man's life.

if this film was to have any criticism is in the roles of the supporting actors. they are hardly fleshed out and as a spectator i felt that at times i was watching the robin william's rebirth show, however this is a minor point. if i were to mark this out of 10 i would give it a strong 8.


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