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Director : Stanley Kubrick
Year Of Release : 1999
Principal Cast : Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Todd Field, Sky du Mont, Rade Serbedzija, Vinessa Shaw, Fay Masterson, Leelee Sobieski, Alan Cumming, Leon Vitali, Julienne Davis, Thomas Gibson.
Approx Running Time : 159 Minutes
Synopsis: A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.
What we think : Butt-numbing journey into infidelity and relationship conundrums, with the then-hot Cruise/Kidman team-up for legendary Stanley Kubrick becomes an exercise in melodramatic, taboo-shattering tedium. As close as anyone wants to get to Kubruckian porn, Eyes Wide Shut isn’t as clever as it thinks it is, nor does it approach the level of intimate carnal desire the story seems to want to; Eyes Wide Shut is flaccid, sexless eroticism and a stuttering last stroke-out from the famed director.
All the orgies.
Eyes Wide Shut was Stanley Kubrick’s final film. The director passed away (aged 70) only days after showing the studio heads at Warner Brothers his initial cut. The film’s release, in 1999, came a full twelve years after his previous release, the hugely acclaimed Full Metal Jacket, in 1987. The film’s production, starring Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise and his ten-wife Nicole Kidman, had run between November 1996 and June 1998, a stunning 17 month shoot that caused Cruise to drop out of other projects due to its arduous nature. Sold on its promise of salacious nudity between Kidman and Cruise, as well as some purportedly extravagant orgy sequences, Eyes Wide Shut opened to enormous anticipation – morbid, perhaps, considering the director’s passing prior to release – but the final film’s lengthy running time and plodding, glacial pacing kept general audiences away once word got out that the film was as sexy as embalming fluid.