The Public Eye Movie Review 1992

Information and Film Reviews for The Public Eye the Movie

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Underappreciated film noir homage casts Pesci as a crime photographer with an unsuspected romantic streak. It's 1942 in NYC and cynical freelancer Leon "Bernzy" Bernstein's always looking for the perfect shot. Hershey's the recent widow whose nightclub-owner husband had mob ties and decides Pesci would be a likely patsy for helping her out. Hershey seems decorative and the romantic angle never quite develops, but Pesci delivers a rich, low-key performance as the visionary, hard-boiled artist. Climatic mob shootout is cinematic bullet ballet. Based loosely on the career of '40s photog Weegee, who defined New York and its times in his work.


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Available on VHS
Running time 98 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Shutterbugs, Period Piece: 1940s, Nightclubs, Contemporary Noir, Organized Crime, New York, New York
Howard Franklin
Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Stanley Tucci, Richard Foronjy, Richard Riehle, Jared Harris, Jerry Adler, Dominic Chianese, Gerry Becker
Howard Franklin
John Barry
Sue Baden-Powell, Robert Zemeckis, Mark Huffam

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