The Watcher


1h 36m 2000

Brief Synopsis

FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown becomes the setting for some particularly gruesome murders-

Film Details

Also Known As
Watcher
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Birns & Sawyer, Inc.; Centropolis Effects Llc; Chicago Film Office; City of Chicago; Coast To Coast Catering, Inc.; Comerica Entertainment Group; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Eastman Kodak; First Take Catering; Fotokem Film & Video; Howard Anderson Company; Illinois Film Office; Laserpacific Media Corporation; Magic Films & Video Works; Morgan Rector; Panavision, Ltd.; Pelco; Sound One; Soundelux; Tyler Camera Systems
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures; Cathay Film Organization; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Cts; Gaga Communications (Parent); Independent Films (If); Les Films De L'Elysee; Medusa Film; Myndform; Pangea Media Group; Scanbox Entertainment; Sherlock; Tobis Film; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Synopsis

FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown becomes the setting for some particularly gruesome murders--murders that could only have been committed by one man: David Allen Griffin. One of Joel's most elusive and cunning nemeses, Griffin has followed his former pursuer to Chicago in order to play a sadistic game of cat and mouse. Taunting Joel with photographs of his intended victims and leaving his crime scenes meticulously free of clues in order to keep the police at bay, Griffin derives as much pleasure out of watching Joel react to every movement as watching his victims die. But when Griffin moves into Joel's inner circle, Joel must quickly find some way to stop him before someone close to him becomes the next one to die.

Crew

Kenneth Acker

Other

Shaun Adams

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Jane Alderman

Casting

Mickey Alzola

Stunts

Kwame Amoaku

Production Assistant

Faires K Anderson

Other

Mickey Antonetti

Costume Supervisor

Janice Arthur

Steadicam Operator

Janice Arthur

Camera ("B" Operator)

Clay Ayers

Screenwriter

Kevin Ball

Stunts

Steve Banks

Other

Michael J Barich

Special Effects Assistant

Sam Barkan

Special Effects Coordinator

Bob Barlett

Welder

Kimberly Barlow

Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

William Barnes

Best Boy Electric (2nd Unit)

Andy Rafael Barrios

Inferno Compositor (Centropolis Effects)

Geoff Barrow

Song ("Roads")

John Barry

Song ("6 Underground")

Roger J Barski

Special Effects Assistant

Shawn Batey

Property Assistant

Jacqueline Beatka

Seamstress

Michael Beck

Special Effects Assistant

Kevin Becker

Other

Marco Beltrami

Conductor & Orchestrations; Music

Marco Beltrami

Song Producer ("Driven To This")

Brian Benson

Line Producer (Additional Photography)

Charles Benson

Driver

Matthew Benware

Carpenter

Stewart Bernstein

Foley Editor

David A Best

Other

Dario Biscaldi

Foley Artist

Paul Blanco

Rigging Electrician (2nd Unit)

Matt Blea

2nd Assistant Camera (Additional Photography)

Tommy Bongiorno

Driver

Jose Bono

Carpenter

Andy Borham

1st Additional Assistant (2nd Unit)

Scott Borisy

Swing

Troy Borlsy

Other

E Fred Bosse

Special Thanks (Lieutenant/The Chicago Police Department)

Bill Boston

Original Music

Mary A Brady

Property Assistant

Nick Brandon

Stunts

Julian Bratolyubov

Other

Michael Brogato

Electrician (2nd Unit)

Anthony J Brown

Driver

Jeffrey Brown

Assistant Production Coordinator (Ultimate Effects)

Richard D Brown

Welder

Sarah Bullion

Other

Mary Buono

2nd Hair

John Burrows

Unit Production Manager

Michelle Butler

Paint/Roto Artist (Centropolis Effects)

Dennis Byerly

Other

Ronald E Bzdyl

Driver

Barney Cabral

Supervising Sound Editor

Patrick Cabral

Foley Artist

Michael R Cairo

Driver

Aimee Campbell

Supervisor

Pam Campisciano

Special Thanks (Rpm Designs)

Christine Cannavo

Other

John Cannon

1st Assistant Sound Editor

Heather Cappiello

Script Supervisor (Ultimate Effects)

Kenny Carceller

Grip (Additional Photography)

Steve Cardone

Special Thanks

Dru Anne Carlson

Script Supervisor

Anthony Carregal

Key Set Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Laurie Carreira

Assistant Production Coordinator

Paul A Cascio

1st Assistant Camera (2nd Unit) ("A")

Maria Caso

Production Designer

Sergio Casteneda

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Michael Catalano

Best Boy Grip (Additional Photography)

Bill Cellini

Key Set Production Assistant

Michael Chapman

Director Of Photography

Christopher Charles

Other

Adrian Choi

Special Thanks

Jennifer Choi

Special Thanks

Nicholas Choi

Special Thanks

Patrick Choi

Executive Producer

Chris Christofersen

Carpenter

Paul A Christofersen

Carpenter

Thomas S Ciciura

Other

Thomas Coe

Assistant Director

Andrew Coker

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Tomm Coker

Storyboard Artist

Tim Colletti

Assistant Editor

Jacob D Collins

Sound Mixer

Tony Commiso

Driver

Ray Conchado

Swing

Joseph P Connelly

Key Grip

Matt Cordner

3-D Artist (Centropolis Effects)

Chris Corner

Song ("6 Underground")

Danielle Costa

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Liam Coverdale-howe

Song ("6 Underground")

Ronald Coy

Sign Painter

John D Crededio

Co-Executive Producer

Robert Cribbett

Supervisor

Thomas Cronin

Special Thanks (Commander/The Chicago Police Department)

Andrew Cunningham

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Paul Dallenbach

Stunts

Valerie Davidson

Adr Editor

James Elton Davis

Gaffer (Additional Photography)

Phil Davis

Special Thanks

Genevieve De Gaullande

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Dennis De La Mata

Key Grip (2nd Unit)

Michele De Lorimiar

Production Executive

Ron De Rosa

Production Supervisor

Roy Dean

Other

Chris Del Conte

Visual Effects Producer (Centropolis Effects)

Michael Delgreco

Best Boy Grip (2nd Unit)

Aaron Dem

Head Of Production (Centropolis Effects)

Michael K Devaney

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Todd Dickinson

Driver

George Disalvo

Welder

Jason Dodd

Special Effects (Ultimate Effects)

Karan Doherty

Set Costumer

Jon Doyle

Paint/Roto Artist (Centropolis Effects)

Ron Dragosh

Grip

David Driver

Grip (Additional Photography)

Jeff Duerwachter

Special Effects Assistant

Richard Dwan

Dialogue Editor

Brian Eatwell

Production Designer

Christopher Eberts

Producer

Rick Edmundson

Key Grip (Additional Photography)

Tommy Edwards

Casting Assistant

John Eiberger

Computer Graphics Consultant

Christopher D Elam

Other

David Elliot

Story By

David Elliot

Screenwriter

Casey Ellison

Best Boy Electric (Additional Photography)

John Elmore

2nd Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Leslie Anne Engel

Production Coordinator

Ed England

Construction Coordinator

Salvatore English

Driver

Randy Eppers

Special Effects Assistant

Anthony Fatilgato

Other

David Feinner

Digital Artist

Buzz Feitshans

2nd Unit Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Eddie Fernandez

Stunts

Frank M Ferrari

Best Boy

Eric L Fersten

Other

John Flanagan

Special Thanks (Hostage Barricade Team Coordinator/The Chicago Police Department)

David Fogg

Supervisor

Jeph Folkins

Other

Kevin Footlik

Stills

Ron Forsythe

Best Boy Grip

Joelle Forte

Wardrobe (Ultimate Effects)

Mark Franco

Executive Producer (Centropolis Effects)

James Freer

Other

Patricia Frontain

Script Supervisor (2nd Unit)

Bill Frye

Rigging Electrician (2nd Unit)

Debbie Fuller

Special Thanks (Special Events & Film Liaison/The Chicago Police Department)

Frank Gagliano

Other

Greg Gannett

1st Additional Assistant (2nd Unit)

Deandre Gatlin

Craft Service Assistant

Will Gatlin

Craft Service

Beth Gibbons

Song ("Roads")

Agnes M Gibicar

Hair Stylist (2nd Unit)

Jeff Glueck

Additional Audio

Thomas F Glynn

Swing

Harry Gnat

Driver

Nick Godden

Production Assistant

Stuart Goetz

Music Editor

Louis Robert Gomez

Electrician (2nd Unit)

Maria Gomez

Craft Service

Veloz Gomez

Key Set Production Assistant

Kiran Gonsalves

Special Thanks

Jeff Goodvin

Grip (2nd Unit)

David Gothard

Driver

Bernard Gourley

Production Coordinator (Additional Photography)

Patricia Graham

Special Thanks

Sandra Grass

Set Decorator (Additional Photography)

Ron Grenko

Carpenter

Steven Gryb

Labor Foreman

Glenn Guenther

Dolly Grip (2nd Unit)

Thomas Guerra

Rigging Electrician (2nd Unit)

Louis J Guido

Other

Lori Guidroz

James Spader'S Makeup (Ultimate Effects)

Marlene Haegele

2nd Assistant ("B" Camera)

Christopher James Hall

Production Coordinator (Additional Photography)

Oliver Hanisch

Stunts

Sonia Harper-walsh

Payroll Accountant

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

John Hartigan

Special Effects (Ultimate Effects)

Tom Hartigan

Special Effects (Ultimate Effects)

Dr. Diana L Haskins

Special Thanks

Daniel Heaton

Carpenter

Brian Heckler

Production Assistant

Kira Hellickson

Other

Douglas Henri

Grip (Additional Photography)

Ross Hensley

Carpenter

Daniel Sarabia Hernandez

Other

Chris Hertrich

Production Assistant (Ultimate Effects)

Cort Hessler Iii

Stunt Coordinator

Mathew Hickey

Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

Miriam Hoffman

Set Costumer

Bill Hogan

Transportation Coordinator

Aaron C Holden

Property Master

Montgomery Horn

Product Placement

Russell Hosking

Best Boy Electric (Additional Photography)

Film Details

Also Known As
Watcher
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Birns & Sawyer, Inc.; Centropolis Effects Llc; Chicago Film Office; City of Chicago; Coast To Coast Catering, Inc.; Comerica Entertainment Group; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Eastman Kodak; First Take Catering; Fotokem Film & Video; Howard Anderson Company; Illinois Film Office; Laserpacific Media Corporation; Magic Films & Video Works; Morgan Rector; Panavision, Ltd.; Pelco; Sound One; Soundelux; Tyler Camera Systems
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures; Cathay Film Organization; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Cts; Gaga Communications (Parent); Independent Films (If); Les Films De L'Elysee; Medusa Film; Myndform; Pangea Media Group; Scanbox Entertainment; Sherlock; Tobis Film; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 8, 2000

Released in United States on Video February 20, 2001

Universal reportedly paid only $5 million for the domestic rights.

Feature directorial debut for music video director Joe Charbanic.

Completed shooting December 15, 1999.

Began shooting November 1, 1999.

Released in United States Fall September 8, 2000

Released in United States on Video February 20, 2001