Eye of God (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eye of God (1997)

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Tim Blake Nelson wrote and directed this adaptation of his own stage play: The police chief (Hal Holbrook) of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, attempts to find out what happened to 15-year-old Tommy Spencer (Nick Stahl), found in a traumatic state after witnessing the suicide of his mother. Flashbacks trace the courtship and marriage of glass-eyed Ainsley Dupree (Martha Plimpton) and her ex-con husband, Jack Stillings (Kevin Anderson). The multiple storylines and timelines eventually intersect. Filmed in Oklahoma (Collinsville, Skiatook). Shown at the 1997 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema.

Cast

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.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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A strange, dark movie that ruminates upon several weighty questions about faith and the existence of a Supreme Being ...

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Moody, sympathetic and shot through with a sense of apprehension, "Eye of God" marks an impressive debut for writer-director Tim Blake Nelson.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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''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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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