One Hour Photo

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No one takes photographs of something they want to forget.
Pretend this is all pretend.
According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the word "snapshot" was originally a hunting term.

One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller, written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams. Fox Searchlight Pictures distributed the movie in the United States. One Hour Photo also starred Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole and Eriq La Salle. Williams won a Saturn Award for Best Actor (2003) for his work in the film.

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Sy Parrish[edit]

  • No one takes photographs of something they want to forget.
  • Pretend this is all pretend.
  • [while stalking the Yorkins] What the hell is wrong with these people?
  • Most people don't take snapshots of the little things. The used Band-Aid, the guy at the gas station, the wasp on the Jell-O. But these are the things that make up the true picture of our lives. People don't take pictures of these things.
  • I'm sure my customers never think about it, but these snapshots are their little stands against the flow of time. The shutter is clicked, the flash goes off and they've stopped time - just for the blink of an eye. And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.
  • I've been doing P.O.S. mini-lab work for over 20 years now. I consider it an important job. When people's houses are on fire, what's the first thing they save after their pets and their loved ones are safe? The family photos. Some people think that this is a job for a clerk. They actually believe that any idiot that attends a two-day seminar can master the art of making beautiful prints in less than an hour. Of course, like most things, there's far more to it than meets the eye. I've seen the prints they fop off on people at the Rexall or Fotek, milky washed out prints, too dark prints. There's no sense of reverence for the service they're providing for people. I process these photos as if they were my own.


Sy Parrish: You're a very lucky man, Mr. Yorkin. You have a beautiful family, and if I may say so a very beautiful home, too.
Will: [very uncomfortable] Uh, thanks. Thank you, Sy. But I really have to get my shopping done.
Sy Parrish: [oblivious] Sure.

[Bill has just caught Sy stealing prints]
Bill Owens: Look, Sy, I got a family. I'm not losing my job over this. [pauses] I'm letting you go.
Sy Parrish: [In a very upset state of mind] No!!! Ohhh...
Bill Owens: These log discrepancies would be enough, but you've been spacing out on the job, taking 90-minute lunch breaks, creating scenes in front of the customers... giving away free merchandise.
Sy Parrish: What?
Bill Owens: Free disposable cameras to customers on their birthday? That must have been your bright idea. Sure as shit isn't company policy.
Sy Parrish: You can't do this.
Bill Owens: It's done, Sy. I talked to Sims at district. Now you finish out the week and clear out your locker. And if you do something like fuck up today's prints...
Sy Parrish: [In a stern voice] I haven't fucked up a customer's prints in 11 years!

[Sy re-enters the SavMart store the next day after being fired, Bill Owens approaches him suspiciously]
Bill: Can I help you Sy?
Sy Parrish: Just dropping off some film. [I'm] Just a customer. I can still shop here, can I Bill?
Bill: [Hesitantly shakes his head] No, Sy. You can't still shop here.
Sy Parrish: No I believe I can Bill.
Bill: [Softly] Shhh.
Sy Parrish: [Loudly, causing customers to observe] There's no law that says I can't shop here just because I was fired. [Softly] I checked it out.
Bill: Sy, there's a thousand other places where you can do your photos. There's no reason to come all the way down other than to fuck with me.
Sy Parrish: There's a very good reason. I calibrated that machine personally. It's the best mini-lab in the state.
Bill: [Reluctantly] Alright Sy. Just this one time. But I'm telling ya, find another place to do your film, I do not want you back in here.
Sy Parrish: Thanks Bill.
Bill: [While Sy walks to the OneHour desk, Bill turns and eye-signals the store guard to keep an eye on Sy and to bar him from visiting again]

[In the hotel room where Sy confronts Will and Maya]
Sy Parrish: [Knocks on hotel door 511, where he hears Will Yorkin and Maya Burson having sex] Room Service.
Maya: Can you leave it outside the door, please?
Sy Parrish: No Ma'am. I'm afraid you'll have to sign for this.
Maya Burson: Just a second...
Sy Parrish: [Maya unlocks the door, at that moment Sy forces the door open, injuring Maya on her forehead. A naked Will immediately gets up. Sy then produces a large industrial knife] You. Get on the bed.
Sy Parrish: [In a threatening manner] Get on the Goddamnn bed!
Will Yorkin: [Thinking it's a robbery] Look, look, I've got plenty of cash in my pants and wallet and...
Sy Parrish: Shut up! Close the drapes. CLOSE THEM!!!
Sy Parrish: [After closing the curtain drapes, Will wraps a towel around his waist] Who told you to do that?
Will Yorkin: I closed the drapes!
Sy Parrish: Did I tell you to wrap a towel around yourself?
Will Yorkin: No.
Sy Parrish: Let me explain what's goin on here. I tell you to do things, then you fucking do them exactly like I tell you. I'm gonna tell you this one time and one time only. You got the picture?
Will Yorkin: Yeah
Sy Parrish: Do you understand me?
Maya Burson: Yes.
Sy Parrish: Good. Now get on the bed.
Sy Parrish: [When Will moves his hands toward Maya, Sy shouts] NOW!!!!
Sy Parrish: [Tries to calm down after having a brief mental breakdown] Jesus. Am I talking to a brick wall? Did I tell you to touch her?
Will Yorkin: No!
Sy Parrish: I don't want you to touch her. If you touch her again, I'll stab you in the heart.

[At the police station interrogation room]
Sy Parrish: Are you a family man, Detective?
Detective Van Der Zee: That's none of your business, Sy.
Sy Parrish: You're right, it's not. But I can see by your response and the ring on your finger that you are. That makes you a fortunate man. I can also tell by the way you've treated me so far that you're a good man, a good husband and father. A man who appreciates his good fortune. You're not the type of father who would cheat on his wife, hurt his family, abuse their trust. [pause] You would never neglect or abuse your children. [chokes up] Make horrible demands of your children. You would never ask... You would never ask your children to do things... things that children shouldn't do. [crying] You would never take disgusting, sick, degrading pictures of your children doing these things! [calms down a little] You would never treat your children like animals. Will Yorkin had it all and he threw it away. He is not a good father.
Detective Van Der Zee: I...well, I think I understand now, Sy. Thank you for answering my questions so candidly.
Sy Parrish: You're welcome. Could I have my pictures now?


  • He knows your name, He knows your life, He knows where you live


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