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One Hour Photo Ending Explained

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Hail all American thriller fans. Here is a well-shot and underrated thriller drama movie in all its glory. Many good movies are released every year. But only some can make it to the top. It is always the underrated movies that are left off the radar! One Hour Photo is one such American psychological thriller that will give you all the creeps! Released in 2002, the movie was written and directed by Mark Romanek.

Having some of the most remarkable performances of its time, which we will get to in a minute, this movie has it all. A good family drama that also serves as a chilling thriller. The movie premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, costing $52.2 million. The movie was received decently at the box office, gaining 80% positive reviews. Besides this, It was nominated for various awards. The film was able to bag the Best breakthrough Filmmaker and the Best Actor awards.

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Starting his career as a stand-up comedian, Robin Williams starred as the protagonist. He was a winner of two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards. He was famous for movies like Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet’s Society, and Jumanji. Williams died by suicide on August 11, 2014, at 63.

One hour Photo- Ending Explained

The iconic Hotel room scene is still so iconic from the movie. Viewers still discuss the end after so many years of its release, which speaks about its success till now. So what exactly happened in the future? Let’s try to break it down.

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Being obsessed with the Yorkins family, Sy’s view of the perfect family shatters. He becomes dejected when he sees that the family is not so perfect after all. The realization comes when Sy discovers Will Yorkin’s extramarital affair with Maya. His obsession becomes out of hand in the last scene. Sy forces the couple to pose naked in various sexual positions to “expose” them.

What was in the photos?

A lot has been debated about the contents of those photos Sy took. Many viewers argue that the sequence was all in his head. The possibility is highly accurate as this makes it a psychological thriller. But let’s back up the events after the police arrest Sy.

It is only later that the contents of the photo are revealed. The snapshots are shown to have objects displayed in the hotel room. The couple is not found in any of them, making it clear that Sy didn’t photograph the couple in reality. So, This again shows how Sy was not the wrong person at heart. The traumas of his childhood just shaped him.

Meet the cast of One Hour Photo

The movie has some of the most versatile cast, which is as follows:

  • Robin Williams as Seymour “Sy” Parrish
  • Michael Vartan as Will Yorkin
  • Connie Nielsen as Nina Yorkin
  • Gary Cole as Bill Owens, Manager
  • Eriq La Salle as Det. James Van Der Zee
  • Clark Gregg as Det. Paul Outerbridge

We’ll let you think about that ending for a while, but stay tuned to theartistree for further updates regarding the entertainment sector.


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