The Public Eye (1972)

The Public Eye


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When a stodgy British accountant, suspecting that his free-spirited young American wife is fooling around, hires a Greek detective to trail her, romantic comic chaos follows. The trouble begins when the bride's daily excursions to London interfere with her husband's rigid social calendar. He fears the worst and so hires the gumshoe even though she swears that she only misses the engagements because she has no sense of time. Things really go crazy when the accountant begins fearing that his wife … More

Rating: G
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Shaffer
In Theaters:
MCA/Universal Pictures



as Belinda

as Julian Cristoforou

as Mrs. Sidley

as Miss Framer

as Mr. Mayhew

as Sir Philip Crouch

as Mr. Scrampton

as Parkinson

as Lady Crouch

as Wealthy Client

as Dinner Guest

as Dinner Guest
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A miscast Topol is tough enough to watch as a leading man but when he also tries for Peter Sellers comedy he becomes unbearable.

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The act of following, with the wordless communication between the two people involved, has so many delicate nuances. This movie contains those nuances. That's what it should be viewed for. That and Topol, who's always a joy to watch. The thing is, filmmaking-wise, it's far from Carol Reed's best. The filmmaking style at times feels mediocre. But it just has all that feeling below the surface - it's not so much cinematically expressed as it is purely felt. John Barry's haunting, lovely score helps bring out the full range of that feeling, which is the movie's best quality.

Michael Jayston plays a British Taxman, he suspect his hippy wife played by Mia Farrow is having an affair. The fun and romance begins when he hires a private eye played by Topol. Topol helps them to play game Follow Me.

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