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      The Public Eye

      R 1992 1 hr. 38 min. Crime Drama List
      61% 18 Reviews Tomatometer 51% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Tireless 1940s tabloid photographer Leon "The Great Bernzini" Bernstein (Joe Pesci) is always first to the scene of the crime, thanks to his uncanny journalistic instincts and the police scanner in his car. Known to his friends as "Bernzy," Leon is famous for capturing the gory aftermath of violent crimes that snuff the lives of New York City's famous. Bernzy gets a job offer from gorgeous nightclub owner Kay (Barbara Hershey), but finds he's way in over his head when the Mob gets involved. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 14 Buy Now

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      Steve D It just comes off as sleezy . Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Shioka O Interesting to see a film made for Joe Pesci! Another forgotten gem featuring famous supporting actor as a lead. This look like a smaller mob film, a period drama, and this has clean photography and direction. I would loved to see this story more focus on Bernstein's profession and work ethics in journalism+photo, and filmed in B&W. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/02/22 Full Review jason m A lost gem from 1992 that pays homage to old-school noir & detective pictures, featuring one of Joe Pesci's best performances. Revisiting it all these years later makes me appreciate its smart writing, delicious production design & cinematography, and the good acting on display by Pesci & Hershey, who were in top form here. I had forgotten how sexy the rhythm & flow of this movie is. It deserves to be rediscovered. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Vagamente baseado no fotógrafo do New York, Arthur "Weegee" Fellig , e algumas das fotos do filme foram tiradas por Fellig, a trama é meio agarrada, parada, lenta, tinha potencial, trama interessante, pouco desenvolvida, pouco atrativa… Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review kevin w Sort of a heads-up to famed New York tabloid photographer Weegee (Joe Pesci), this frames his slice-of-life artistic exploits with a minor key thriller involving two mob gangs struggling to control the burgeoning WW2 gas ration rackets, with an unbelievable side order of romancing the exotic nightclub owner (Barbara Hershey). The machinations do strive mightily but still only serve as a beginner's introduction to this curious photographic talent whose main contribution might be said in finding shocking beauty in the most unexpected of places: the grimy wells of a teeming rathole New York. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review andrey k Yet one more rare gem is excavated from the multi-layered past of cinema by me. It is one of the best neo-noirs filmed after the 70's with tremendously authentic atmosphere of the 40's. All necessary attributes are here: crooks, gangsters, corrupted policemen, femme fatale, conspiracy, and an anti-hero who ultimately breaks his own code of not 'taking sides with anyone' to help an irresistible beauty as he fells in love with her. And, of course, the iconic mood. It is also one of the best roles of Joe Pesci and probably his best as the lead. This is the perfect gift for lovers of 'black cinema'. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      David Ansen Newsweek The tale's mournful B-movie romanticism-and Pesci's introspective, crablike performance gets under your skin. In its moody, daffy way, The Public Eye gives off an authentic reek of artistic compulsion. Jan 18, 2013 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times There are moments in The Public Eye that made me think a little about Casablanca, especially the earlier scenes when Bogart is still mad at Bergman. Higher praise is not necessary. Rated: 4/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The Public Eye’s investigation into the nature of this opportunistic artist is secondary to the film’s mystery, which, though modeled after popular neo-noirs, never quite achieves the same level of interest. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 2, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The Public Eye is the sort of film that frankly never had any chance of becoming a financial success (it grossed a paltry $3 million against a $15 million budget), yet it's good enough that we're thankful the studio elected to waste money on it anyway. Rated: 3/4 Aug 5, 2020 Full Review Vanessa Letts The Spectator The film's visual rhythm is a key reflection of its story, so that neither the lush beauty nor the arresting squalor is gratuitous. Jul 25, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Tireless 1940s tabloid photographer Leon "The Great Bernzini" Bernstein (Joe Pesci) is always first to the scene of the crime, thanks to his uncanny journalistic instincts and the police scanner in his car. Known to his friends as "Bernzy," Leon is famous for capturing the gory aftermath of violent crimes that snuff the lives of New York City's famous. Bernzy gets a job offer from gorgeous nightclub owner Kay (Barbara Hershey), but finds he's way in over his head when the Mob gets involved.
      Director
      Howard Franklin
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 19, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $3.0M
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Surround
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