The Public Eye

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"Murder. Scandal. Crime. No matter what he was shooting, "The Great Bernzini" never took sides, he only took pictures... Except once."
  • R
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.5  (4,399)

The Public Eye is a crime mystery drama from 1992 starring Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, and Richard Riehle. The movie is set in 1940s New York City, where a freelance photographer named Leon "Bernzy" Bernstein makes a living off of taking photographs of crime scenes and disasters. Despite being rejected by the mainstream press, Bernstein continues to pursue his passion and captures moments that the public would never see.

Bernzy's life takes a turn when a glamorous nightclub owner, Kay Levitz (Barbara Hershey), hires him to document her night club's grand opening. Kay is caught up in a world of crime, and when a well-known mobster is killed at her club, she asks Bernzy to help her find the killer. Initially reluctant, Bernzy eventually becomes involved in the investigation and uses his photographic skills to aid in uncovering the truth.

As Bernzy delves deeper into the case, he discovers a web of corruption and deceit that involves powerful political figures, the mafia, and law enforcement agencies. He risks his life to get the evidence he needs to expose the truth, all while dealing with personal demons and an unrequited love for Kay.

Joe Pesci delivers a compelling performance as the determined and resilient Leon Bernstein, bringing depth and nuance to his character. Barbara Hershey also shines as the seductive and complex Kay Levitz, adding a touch of glamour to the gritty crime drama. Additionally, Richard Riehle puts in a memorable performance as Arthur Nabler, a wisecracking journalist who works alongside Bernzy.

The movie's setting of 1940s New York City is brilliantly captured by director Howard Franklin, with the use of vibrant colors, period costumes, and impeccably recreated locations. The film also features a memorable jazz soundtrack by Mark Isham, adding to the atmosphere of the era.

Overall, The Public Eye is a captivating crime drama that offers a glimpse into a bygone era of New York City. With strong performances, stunning visuals, and a gripping storyline, this movie is a must-watch for fans of the genre.

The Public Eye is a 1992 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    1 hr 39 min
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    6.5  (4,399)