When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.

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En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Carver family is arrested for blowing out all four tires on their camper. Collie Entragian is the arresting officer, the self-made sheriff of a town called Desperation, Nevada, and the quintessential bad cop. Unbeknownst to the Carvers, Entragian regularly sniffs out passerbys on this stretch of road, and in fact has done in nearly every resident of his hometown. He can also change form and summon the help of creepy creatures, including scorpions, snakes and spiders. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence and gruesome images | See all certifications »

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Stephen King's original novel was released simultaneously with The Regulators, written by King's alter ego, Richard Bachman. Though the story and location are different, many characters appear in both novels. See more »

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In the scene where Mary is trying to get away from Ellie in the Police car the windshield on the cruiser goes from completely covered in dust to partially covered back to completely covered and also completely uncovered in varying scenes. Yet at no time were the wipers ever turned on. See more »

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Peter Jackson: Where is everybody?
Collie Entragian: Disneyland.
[starts walking]
Collie Entragian: Come on, walk, Hayfoot.
[to Mary]
Collie Entragian: Strawfoot.
[stops walking]
Collie Entragian: You're Peter. And you're Mary. So where's Paul? I mean, how can you sing "Puff the Magic Dragon" without Paul?
[starts walking, then stops again]
Collie Entragian: Wait a minute... Peter Jackson? I LOVE "Lord of the Rings"!
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Not Bad At All
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just viewed the 'made for TV' movie and I thought that it was pretty good! I read both books over ten years ago and considering, it turned out to be better than I had expected, although I thought that the second book (The Regulators) was much better than the first (Desperation)! Ron Perlman was excellent (as usual!) along with Tom Skerritt. The supporting cast were pretty good also (Charles Durning and Matt Fewer were somewhat 'under used'). I was also quite impressed with how they stuck with the religious 'tone' of the story seeing how sensitive that people are nowadays. But all in all, it kept my 13 year old son 'glued' to the 'set after I explained the first and second book to him.

It doesn't compare to "The Stand" which I found absolutely fantastic but for a three hour film, it holds it's ground! Like myself and my son, we are hoping that Mr. King already have the follow-up, "The Regulators" already in the works. And if you haven't read both books yet, now would be a good time to find these 'gems' and read them. Trust me, you will not be able to put them down! King at his finest!!!!


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