Eye of the Stalker

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Eye of the Stalker
Written byPriscilla English
Directed by Reza Badiyi
Starring Brooke Langton
Joanna Cassidy
Jere Burns
Music byStacy Widelitz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersLawrence Horowitz
Michael O'Hara
ProducerRick Blumenthal
Production locations Los Angeles
Phoenix, Arizona
CinematographyCharles Mills
EditorRon Spang
Running time95 minutes
Production companyO'Hara-Horowitz Productions
Distributor NBC
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio format Stereo
Original releaseDecember 18, 1995 (1995-12-18)

Eye of the Stalker (a.k.a. Moment of Truth: Eye of the Stalker and Eye of the Stalker: A Moment of Truth Story) is a 1995 American made-for-television thriller film directed by Reza Badiyi. Based on a true story, the film is an original Moment of Truth movie that stars Brooke Langton, Joanna Cassidy and Jere Burns.



Beth Knowlton (Brooke Langton) is a young art student who is majoring in photography at a college in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephen Primes teaches law at the same university, and becomes infatuated with Beth’s beauty at first sight. To get close to her, he hires her to take some photos of him. After the shoot, he sends a stuffed bear to her home. Beth is not impressed with Stephen's unwanted actions, and firmly tries to be clear that she is not interested since she is already dating Kyle Kennedy (Woolson). Despite her refusals, Stephen persists, and begins telling people that he and Beth have become engaged to each other. This gains the attention of Beth's mother Martha (Cassidy), who tries (but fails) to find a legal manner for Stephen to leave Beth alone.

After a while, Stephen's stalking actions become increasingly awkward and obsessive, when he leaves Beth cut-out notes and one day even attempts to strangle her in a darkroom. Martha encourages Beth to move in with her and they both press charges, but the police are unable to arrest Stephen without a sign of evidence. Immediately after moving in, Martha and Beth find their home burglarized and a message "Obey or die" written on a bathroom mirror. Knowing how far Stephen will go, Martha sends Beth off to a relative in Denver, Colorado under a fake name.

Stephen becomes enraged when he loses sight of Beth and mistakenly becomes preoccupied with another Elizabeth Knowlton (known as Liz). Thinking he has tracked Beth down, Liz receives packages in her mail from Stephen containing threats as well as a video of him and Beth. When Stephen attempts to break into her home one night, Liz sets out to locate Beth after recognizing him from the video. They both join forces to catch Stephen in the act, using Beth as bait. Liz gives Beth a loaded gun, which the latter eventually uses when she sees Stephen holding Martha and threatening to slit her throat with a knife. After tricking Stephen into thinking that she will go with him, Beth grabs the gun and holds him at gunpoint, denouncing Stephen for his behavior. Stephen smirks and rants that Beth loves him until she fires two warning shots and he finally surrenders. Stephen says in a resigned tone that Beth is "just like all the rest", giving the impression that Stephen had obsessed over and stalked other girls in the past.

The film ends as Stephen is finally arrested, with Martha and Beth, relieved that he will be out of their lives forever, embracing each other as a caption says, "According to recent Congressional testimony, an estimated 5% of the U.S. female population will be victimized by a stalker. In response, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed anti-stalking legislation."


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