“It allowed me to do three things: make a film that’s a whodunit; tell a father-and-son love story — a kinship between two men who are loners, who live on the margins of society; and then, of course, this could serve as a Poe origin story” — Scott Cooper

On Netflix January 6, 2023

In Select Theaters December 23, 2022

Written & Directed By Scott Cooper

Based on the book by Louis Bayard

Produced by Scott Cooper, Christian Bale, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher

Executive Producers Tracey Landon, Dylan Weathered, Louis Bayard, Chris Sharp, Jennifer Lamb, Emily Salveson, Ryan Smith

Co-Producers Catherine Farrell, Chris Surgent

The Pale Blue Eye. (L to R) Toby Jones as Dr. Marquis and Gillian Anderson as Julia in The Pale Blue Eye. Cr. Scott Garfield/Netflix © 2022

West Point, 1830. In the early hours of a gray winter morning, a cadet is found dead. But after the body arrives at the morgue, tragedy becomes savagery when it’s discovered that the young man’s heart has been skillfully removed. Fearing irreparable damage to the fledgling military academy, its leaders turn to a local detective, Augustus Landor (Christian Bale), to solve the murder. Stymied by the cadets’ code of silence, Landor enlists the help of one of their own to pursue the case, an eccentric cadet with a disdain for the rigours of the military and a penchant for poetry—a young man named Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling).


Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Hadley Robinson, Timothy Spall, Joey Brooks, Brennan Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Helm, Jack Irving, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan and Robert Duvall