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An imprisoned man hides his face behind a mask is telling his story, as a flashback, to a psychiatrist: his name is Cesar, he is an orphan but he had inherited a fortune from his parents, and he used to live in a luxurious house of his his own. He was also very handsome and a renowned womanizer. His best friend, Pelayo, was jealous of Cesar because he was not very successful with women. But one night, Pelayo showed up in one of Cesar's parties with a beautiful woman named Sofia. When Cesar met her and talked to her for a while, he began to feel something he had never felt before: love. And, although she was supposed to be Pelayo's girlfriend, he tried to woo her, spending that night at her home. But Nuria, with whom Cesar had his last affair, was very jealous; she went to pick him up in her car the next morning, and committed suicide by crashing into a wall. Cesar survived the crash, but his face was hideously disfigured, his handsome looks gone. Doctors said they couldn't help him. He was very depressed and still in love with Sofia. One night he went out with her and Pelayo, and he felt that they were very uncomfortable with his presence. But the morning after, his luck seemed to change completely: Sofia came to him, saying that it was he whom she really loved, and the doctors called him and told him that, with a revolutionary new technique, they could rebuild his face, which they did. Cesar was happier than ever, but that's when the really strange and scary things started to happen...and Cesar found out that the real nightmare had only just began for him....
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Title: Abre Los Ojos
Release Date: April 16, 1999
Runtime: 117 mins
All Genres: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence.
Eduardo Noriega ...Cesar
Penelope Cruz ...Sofia
Chete Lera ...Antonio
Fele Martinez ...Pelayo
Najwa Nimri ...Nuria
Gerard Barray ...Duvernois
Jorge de Juan ...Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela ...Commisario
Pedro Miguel Martinez ...Medico Jefe
Ion Gabella ...Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadinanos ...Guardia
Tristan Ulloa ...Camarero
Pepe Navarro ...Presentador T.V.
Jaro ...Medico 1
Walter Prieto ...Medico 2
Carola Angulo ...Medico 3
Fanny Gautier ...Secretaria (as Fanny Solorzano)
Luis Garcia ...Guardia jurado 1
Javier Martin ...Guardia jurado 2
Jose Angel Egido ...Policia
Richard Cruz ...Conductor
Raul Otegui ...Chico servicios
Alejandro Amenabar ...Laughing Guy in Disco Bathroom
Jose Luis Cuerda
Abre Los Ojos Horror Film Trailer 1
"El detonador EMX-3"
"Tremble Goes the Night"
"Sick of You"
- [Repeated line.] Nuria: Open your eyes.
Pelayo: Did you screw her? César: Screw who?
- Alejandro Amenábar imagined the script after having horrible nightmares while ill with the flu.
When César (Eduardo Noriega) goes to Sofia (Penélope Cruz)'s apartment and starts to rip down her photos on the wall, there is a picture of "The Sandman," a popular comic book that deals with the world of dreams, created by Neil Gaiman.
Penélope Cruz also stars in Vanilla Sky (2001), Cameron Crowe's remake of this film, playing the same character, Sofia.
César's apartment uses same set used by the character of David in Pedro Almodóvar's movie Carne trémula (1997), which also starred Penélope Cruz.
Director Cameo: [Alejandro Amenábar] with other two people in the bathroom of the disco, when César goes there. He is the last one that gets out.
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