The Public Eye (1992)


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Movie Info

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.

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


as Leon `Bernzy' Bernst...

as Kay Levitz

as Sal Minetto

as Arthur Nabler

as Danny the Doorman

as Conklin

as H.R. Rineman

as Farinelli

as Agt. Chadwick

as Officer O'Brien

as Portofino

as Puerto Rican Woman

as Teen at Thompson Str...

as Photographer at Thom...

as Puerto Rican Woman

as Young Cop

as Cop, Puerto Rican Te...

as Ambulance Attendant

as Photo Editor

as Lonely Woman at Drug...

as Rineman's Receptioni...

as Richard Rineman

as Photographer at Cafe

as Cop with Hood

as 1st Photographer

as 2nd Photographer

as 3rd Photographer

as Sergeant at Police S...

as Thatcher White

as Young Agent

as Older Agent

as Federal Watchman

as Federal Guard

as Garage Attendant

as Spoleto's Lieutenant

as Camera Shop Clerk

as Mr. Brown

as Henry Haddock Jr.

as Sal's Wife

as Mrs. D'Angelo

as Sal's Mother

as Mr. D'Angelo

as Mrs. D'Angelo

as Villa Guard/Hitman

as Arresting Cop

as Chief of Police

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

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