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Watching the Detectives (2007)

Neil, a self proclaimed film geek and owner of Gumshoe video, has always been content to live vicariously through his favorite films noir. But when he meets Violet, a real-life femme fatale, his mundane world gets turned upside down and the line between reality and the movies quickly begins to blur.

Will Neil step up and embrace a life full of adventure or retreat back to his comfortable couch?

Director: Paul Soter
Writer: Paul Soter
Cillian as: Neil
Additional Cast: Lucy Liu, Jason Sudeikis
Runtime: 91 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating:
UK Release:
US Release: May 1, 2007
Official Site:
Additional Info: Internet Movie Database

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Trivia and Fun Facts

– The title of the film is taken from a 1977 Elvis Costello song, from the album “My Aim Is True”.

– Was filmed in New Jersey, USA and New York, USA

Movie Quotes

Denise: “I bet you’re gonna say next it’s not you, it’s me.”
Neil: “No, no, no, it’s definitely you. Look, Denise, you’re not enough like Katharine Ross in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
Denise: “I don’t know what that means!”
Neil: “She was so supportive, you know. She… she didn’t make Paul Newman feel stupid. She went along with it.”

Neil: “You never rented a movie?”
Violet: “Well, I’ve been to a movie. Does that count?”

Neil: “Um, I don’t really know where to begin, uh… I told myself I wouldn’t cry. No, seriously I have so many people to thank.”

Lucien: “Ya know, we could do this later if you want?”
Neil: “Oh god Lucien, she’s ruined it for me Lucien. I mean it’s all so boring now!”
Lucien: “Hey, hey let’s put in a movie?”
Neil: “No, no more movies. It’s no use, it’s not enough anymore, ya know? It’s just all so mundane and so predictable Lucien. Oh hey look! It’s Jayson. Jayson’s going to come in here and he’s going to hand me a package, and then he’s going hand me his thing, and I’m going to sign the thing and I’m going to hand it right back to him, and then he’s going to get in his truck and he’s going to drive of. Oh, it’s… it’s so predictable Lucien, it’s not enough anymore, ya know? Where’s the… where’s the adventure, you know? There’s no adventure man. Where’s the adventure Lucien?”
Jay: “You signed it Neil Adventure. You crossed out Adventure and wrote adventure again.”
Neil: “What does it matter Jayson? Huh!”
Jay: “It matters because I’m actually responsible for any package that doesn’t have a valiad signature or receipt…:
Lucien: “Jesus Christ…”
Jay: “I don’t make the rules.”
Lucien: “Lighten up Jayson.”

Lucien: “So what was the Bet?”
Jonathan: “If the bugs won, I could shove a burrito in your face.”
Lucien: “Well you know the last time you lost, I was supposed to get to piss on your foot, but I never did.”
Jonathan: “What you waiting for? You want to piss on my foot, be my guest.”
Lucien: “Hey Neil!”
Neil: “Yeah?”
Lucien: “Want to see me piss on his foot?”
Neil: “Uh, sure, yeah… Just not in the store.”

Violet: “I gotta’ tell ya’ though, you missed one hell of a Happy Hour. They got the best goddamned ‘peanuss’ in town.”
Neil: “What?”
Violet: “Peanuts. P – E – A -… nuts.”