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Open Your Eyes (1997)

Abre los ojos (original title)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Noriega ... César
Penélope Cruz ... Sofía
Chete Lera ... Antonio
Fele Martínez ... Pelayo
Najwa Nimri ... Nuria
Gérard Barray ... Duvernois
Jorge de Juan ... Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela Miguel Palenzuela ... Commisario
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Médico Jefe
Ion Gabella Ion Gabella ... Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadiñanos Joserra Cadiñanos ... Guardia
Tristán Ulloa ... Camarero
Pepe Navarro Pepe Navarro ... Presentador T.V.
Jaro Jaro ... Médico 1
Walter Prieto Walter Prieto ... Médico 2
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Storyline

A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. Written by Mark Barrancos

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Permanent Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Calle Gran Via, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ESP370,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,289, 18 April 1999

Gross USA:

$370,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$377,967
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alejandro Amenábar imagined the script after having horrible nightmares while ill with the flu. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when César is driving side roads the pavement is dry. When he gets out of the car and walks down the Gran Vía the pavement is wet. See more »

Quotes

Pelayo: Did you screw her?
César: Screw who?
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Referenced in Black Tears (1998) See more »

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Astonishing....and really depressing
16 April 2001 | by burndown6See all my reviews

Go see this film. Now. I'll wait.

Okay, this film is truly one of the most excellent mixtures of genres I have ever seen. It will leave you truly moved, truly surprised, and truly depressed. That's okay, though, because this is such a wonderful movie. The film centers around the life of a rich and handsome young man after a disfiguring accident. We are taken along as he tries to find a way to grow accustomed to a life without the things he relied on (mainly looks) before. After hitting rock bottom, things start to get better for him, and it is here that the seamless weaving of genres occur. I don't want to give too much away, but the film constantly keeps you on your toes and never grows dull. "Abre los Ojos" is a truly stunning love story, psychological thriller, and science fiction film all rolled into a flawless whole. Do yourself a favor and see it before the Cameron Crowe remake, "Vanilla Sky", does to this film what "City of Angels" did to "Wings of Desire".


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