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Eye of God (1997)

Eye of God



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A dazed and blood-covered youth is found staggering down a darkened Oklahoma road near a small oil town. The town sheriff picks him up, takes him to the station and begins asking questions. Suddenly the film jumps backwards six months and watches as Ainsley, an introverted waitress, meets her pen pal Jack for the first time. Ainsely began writing Jack while he was in prison. Over the months, the two fell in love. Ainsely, believed the devoutly religious Jack's claim that he had changed, and, not realizing that he was incarcerated for beating his former girlfriend, agreed to live with him after his release. Unfortunately, it didn't take long before the old Jack emerged and Ainsely's life became a living hell that was only tempered by her friendship with 15-year-old, mentally-slow Tommy, who was traumatized as a boy by his mother's suicide. Unfortunately, their friendship led to the tragedy that began the film. Based on a play by screenwriter Tom Blake Nelson, the story unfolds in a nonlinear manner in which flashbacks and flashforwards permeate the main narrative.more
Rating: R (For violence, language, and depiction of abortion)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tim Blake Nelson
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On DVD: Mar 18, 2003


Hal Holbrook
as Sheriff Sam Rogers
Maggie Moore
as Dorothy
Mary Kay Place
as Claire Spencer
Chris Freihofer
as Les Hector
Woody Watson
as Glen Briggs
Wally Welch
as R.J. Prichard
Larry Flynn
as Jim Nutter
Vernon Grote
as Fast Food Customer
Caroline Wickwire
as Mrs. Rogers
Toby Metcalf
as Officer No. 1
Darryl Cox
as Officer No. 2
Karen Carney
as Mrs. Sprague
Gail Peister
as Female Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Eye of God

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Anderson creates what may be the most vividly scary and authentic portrait of a sociopathic ex-con since Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Set against the vivid backdrop of an Oklahoma oil town in the terminal stages of economic devastation, "Eye of God" is deliberately paced but almost entirely free of nonessential material.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A strange, dark movie that ruminates upon several weighty questions about faith and the existence of a Supreme Being ...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A film in which dreams seem to yearn toward a place where they can grow.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Moody, sympathetic and shot through with a sense of apprehension, "Eye of God" marks an impressive debut for writer-director Tim Blake Nelson.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

''Eye of God'' is another small coup for Ms. Plimpton, whose uncanny ability to disappear into an assortment of thorny working-class characters comes close to matching Meryl Streep's in chameleonlike perfection.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eye of God

A strangely haunting movie. The story is fairly straight-forward, but the way the director presents it, in non-linear fashion and told mostly through flashbacks, is pure genius. It creates a menacing, perhaps even "southern gothic" atmosphere. The director's commentary is excellent, highly recommended if you're a movie buff.

Gabriel Knight

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