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The Public Eye (1992)




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Howard Franklin's neo-noir stars Joe Pesci as Leon "The Great Bernzini" Bernstein, a tabloid photographer in 1940s New York who becomes the fall guy for mob widow Kay Levitz' (Barbara Hershey) plot to sever her gangland ties.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Franklin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1993
MCA Universal Home Video


Joe Pesci
as Leon `Bernzy' Bernst...
Barbara Hershey
as Kay Levitz
Stanley Tucci
as Sal Minetto
Jerry Adler
as Arthur Nabler
Jared Harris
as Danny the Doorman
Gerry Becker
as Conklin
Del Close
as H.R. Rineman
Richard Foronjy
as Farinelli
Tim Gamble
as Agt. Chadwick
Richard Riehle
as Officer O'Brien
Max Brooks
as Teen at Thompson Str...
Richard Schiff
as Photographer at Thom...
Laura Cerone
as Puerto Rican Woman
Laura Cerón
as Puerto Rican Woman
Chuck Gillespie
as Cop, Puerto Rican Te...
Christian Stolti
as Ambulance Attendant
Bryan Smith
as Young Cop
Jack Denbo
as Photo Editor
Ellen McElduff
as Lonely Woman at Drug...
Marge Kotlisky
as Rineman's Receptioni...
Timothy Hendrickson
as Richard Rineman
Henry Bolzon
as Photographer at Cafe
Mick McGovern
as Cop with Hood
Maurice Bravo
as 1st Photographer
Tom Lauricella
as 2nd Photographer
George Lugg
as 3rd Photographer
Vinny Argiro
as Sergeant at Police S...
David Hull
as Thatcher White
Kyle Moore
as Young Agent
Bob Gunton
as Older Agent
Peter Maloney
as Federal Watchman
Randall Stanton
as Federal Guard
Jason Wells
as Garage Attendant
Joe Guzaldo
as Spoleto's Lieutenant
Al Mancini
as Camera Shop Clerk
Ian Abercrombie
as Mr. Brown
Nick Tate
as Henry Haddock Jr.
Jean Zarzour
as Sal's Wife
Toni Fleming
as Sal's Mother
Teresa di Marco
as Mrs. D'Angelo
Guido DiMarco
as Mr. D'Angelo
Teresa DiMarco
as Mrs. D'Angelo
Phil Locker
as Arresting Cop
Shay Duffin
as Chief of Police
Joe V. Greco
as Villa Guard/Hitman
John Farris
as Albert Gerard
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Critic Reviews for The Public Eye

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

In its moody, daffy way, The Public Eye gives off an authentic reek of artistic compulsion.

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Audience Reviews for The Public Eye


Seriously underrated noir with a great performance by Pesci. This film really needs, and is really deserving of a DVD release!

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Gorgeous-looking film noir with great performances by Pesci and Hershey (who is *beautiful* in this.) The film has a good "tabloid" like feel with great sets and colors. Definitely worth a look.

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