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The Public Eye Details


Howard Franklin wrote and directed this film noir character study based on the famed New York Daily News photographer Weegee. Joe Pesci plays a character named Bernstein, a freelance photographer for the New York City tabloids of the 1940s. His life is dedicated to his work; with a police radio under the dashboard of his car and a darkroom in his trunk, he quickly and efficiently races to the scene of crimes, accidents and murders to snap photographs of gangsters, politicians, cops, and prostitutes, which he promptly delivers to the newspapers. His knack for arriving at a crime scene before the police earns him the nickname the Great Bernzini. The trouble begins for Bernstein when he agrees to look up a gangster for Kay (Barbara Hershey), the sexy owner of a fancy Manhattan nightclub. After making inquiries, Bernstein traces the man Kay is looking for, but he turns up dead. When he informs the police, he becomes a suspect in the murder; it also turns out that the FBI is interested the case. Bernstein then uncovers an elaborate conspiracy concerning gas rationing, the mob, and the government. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:October 14, 1992


Joe Pesci
as Leonard "The Great Bernzini" Bernstein
Barbara Hershey
as Kay Levitz
Stanley Tucci
as Sal Minetto
Jerry Adler
as Arthur Nabler
Jared Harris
as Danny the Doorman
Gerry Becker
as Conklin
Dominic Chianese
as Spoleto
Del Close
as H.R. Rineman
Richard Foronjy
as Farinelli
Bob Gunton
as Older Agent
Joe Guzaldo
as Spoleto's Lieutenant
Peter Maloney
as Federal Watchman
Richard Riehle
as Officer O'Brien
Richard Schiff
as Photographer-Thompson Street
Shay Duffin
as Chief of Police
Ellen McElduff
as Lonely Woman at Drugsore
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi
as Maitre d'
George Lugg
as 3rd Photographer
Jack Denbo
as Photo Editor
Mick McGovern
as Cop with Hood
David Gianopoulos
as Portofino
Kevin Dorsey
as Singer
Patricia Healy
as Vera
John Farris
as Albert Gerard
Tom Lauricella
as 2nd Photographer
Joe V. Greco
as Villa Guard-Hitman
Donna Isaacson
Al Mancini
as Camera Shop Clerk
Maurice Bravo
as 1st Photographer
Phil Locker
as Arresting Cop
Randall Stanton
as Federal Guard
Steve Forleo
as Hood
Toni Fleming
as Sal's Mother
Vinny Argiro
as Sergeant at Police Station
Tim Gamble
as Agent Chadwick
Henry Bolzon
as Photographer at Cafe
Jason Wells
as Garage Attendant
Jean Zarzour
as Sal's Wife
Chuck Gillespie
as Cop-Puerto Rican Tenement
Louie Lanciloti
as Mikey
John M. Watson, Sr.
as Sculllion
Timothy Hendrickson
as Richard Rineman
Marge Kotlisky
as Rineman's Receptionist
Bryan Smith
as Young Cop
Nick Tate
as Henry Haddock Jr.
Ian Abercrombie
as Mr. Brown


Howard Franklin
Sue Baden-Powell
Robert Zemeckis
Howard Franklin
Peter Suschitzky
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Evan Lottman
Marcia Hinds-Johnson
Production Designer
Bo Johnson
Art Director
Dina Lipton
Art Director
Jane Robinson
Costume Designer