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Desperation -- The small town of "Desperation" is visited by something evil.
Desperation -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
Stephen King (teleplay)
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Release Date:
23 May 2006 (USA) See more »
In this town, there are no accidents. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Mick Garris 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novel "Desperation")

Stephen King (teleplay)

Produced by
Bruce Dunn .... associate producer
Mick Garris .... executive producer
Stephen King .... executive producer
Mark Sennet .... executive producer
Kelly Van Horn .... producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Pike 
Cinematography by
Christian Sebaldt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick McMahon 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Phil Dagort  (as Philip Dagort)
Art Direction by
Jason Weil 
Set Decoration by
Marcia Calosio 
Costume Design by
Warden Neil 
Makeup Department
Jaremy Aiello .... special makeup effects crew
Chad Atkinson .... special makeup effects crew
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects supervisor
Lisa Bertuzzi .... hair stylist
Bertuzzi.Lisa .... hair stylist
Kim Collea .... makeup artist
John Paul Fedele .... special makeup effects crew (as John Fedele)
Robert Freitas .... special makeup effects crew (as Rob Freitas)
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects crew
Grady Holder .... makeup effects crew
Jim Leonard .... special makeup effects crew
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects supervisor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Ben Rittenhouse .... special makeup effects crew
Andy Schoneberg .... special makeup effects crew
Shannon Shea .... special makeup effects crew
Tina Sims .... key hair stylist
Claudia Breckenridge .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Michael Peterson .... first assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Luis Patiño .... post-production supervisor (as Luis M. Patino)
Kelly Van Horn .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Martin .... second second assistant director
Peter Merwin .... second assistant director
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Art Department
Terry Kempf .... construction coordinator
Larry D. Koszakovszky .... propmaker
Aaron Newton .... construction foreman
Steven Schalk .... property master
Jeff Bliznick .... scenic artist (uncredited)
David B. Brenner .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Cortney Burk .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
William J. Durrell Jr. .... set designer (uncredited)
Bill Garber .... set dresser (uncredited)
Nancy Garber .... shopper (uncredited)
Sam Gutierrez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sam Gutierrez .... swing gang (uncredited)
Brandon Kihl .... sculptor (uncredited)
John M. Oswald .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Steve Roll .... propmaker (uncredited)
Gregg Singer .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Kristen Spinning .... sign painter (uncredited)
Kristen Spinning .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Lynny Warner .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
Lisa Pinero .... sound mixer
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark Binder .... sound designer (uncredited)
Mark Cookson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Andrew Ellerd .... sound editor (uncredited)
Sonya Henry .... sound editor (uncredited)
Patrick Hogan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kate Jesse .... boom operator (uncredited)
Fred Judkins .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mark Kamps .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jason Lezama .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mark McBryde .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Todd Murakami .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kevin Newson .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Brian Thomas Nist .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Ramirez .... sound editor (uncredited)
Simon Rodriguez .... sound cable wrangler (uncredited)
Alexander Schwartz .... foley artist (uncredited)
Richard S. Steele .... sound editor (uncredited)
Steve Walter .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Berger .... animatronic effects
Lou Carlucci .... special effects coordinator
Greg Nicotero .... animatronic effects (as Gregory Nicotero)
Lynette Roy .... lead creature fabricator: K.N.B. EFX Group Inc.
Ozzy Alvarez .... lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group (uncredited)
Ron Colucci .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Nicole Michaud .... special effects hair: KNB EFX Group (uncredited)
Steven Munson .... mold/technical department (uncredited)
Jason Pinsker .... lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group (uncredited)
Cory R. Starr .... special effects technician: Bisbee, AZ (uncredited)
Lino Stavole .... mold/lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group (uncredited)
Lindsay Vivian .... special effects runner (uncredited)
Jenny Wallace .... special effects runner (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Loren Bivens .... visual effects supervisor
Aaron Cullen .... visual effects coordinator
Chris DeCristo .... compositing supervisor
Eric Ehemann .... animator
James Holt .... Realflow artist
Nicki Kreitzman .... digital compositor
Joe Phoebus .... digital effects animator: CBS Digital
Chris Tezber .... visual effects coordinator
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator (as Charles Brewer)
Jeri Habberstad .... stunt double: Sylva Kelegian
Larry Nicholas .... stunt double
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Wiler)
Shannon Bae .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Duffy .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Lam .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie McKechnie .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Randy Miller .... stunts: cougar attack (uncredited)
Robert L. Morgan .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Brendan Guy Murphy .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Woods .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Miles Anderson .... chief lighting technician
Ed Ashhurst .... electrician
Ed Ashhurst .... grip
Alfredo Denila .... key grip
Ken Glassing .... camera operator
Mark Herrmann .... best boy electrician (as Mark Herrman)
Paul Janossy .... camera assistant
Marty Miller .... b dolly grip
Henry Tirl .... camera operator
Mike Walsh .... camera assistant
Ric Delgado .... electrician: additional photography (uncredited)
Ron Durant .... grip (uncredited)
Ken Glassing .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Greg Harris .... electrician (uncredited)
Greg Hewett .... grip (uncredited)
Gayle Hilary .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Kirlin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Dwayne McClintock .... special aerial photographer: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Ralph Mendoza .... special aerial photographer: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... electrician (uncredited)
Simon Rodriguez .... electrician (uncredited)
Gary W. Shaw .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Oscar H. Stevens II .... video assist playback (uncredited)
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Scott Blasko .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Michele Juskowitz .... casting associate (uncredited)
Tina Kerr .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Michel Bush .... costume supervisor (as Robin Bush)
Blanca Garcia .... set costumer
Maggie McFarland .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Marc Pollon .... assistant editor
Jeff Mack .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Shaffer .... transportation coordinator (as Dave Shafer)
Chad Wadsworth .... production van driver: basecamp
Bernice Culbertson .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Fred Culbertson .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Hal Gibson .... driver (uncredited)
David Joseph .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Other crew
Chad Alveinson .... puppeteer
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Elyse Dinh .... adr loop group
Cindy Franke .... production coordinator
Jon Fudeta .... puppeteer
Dan Jimenez .... production assistant
Kevin LaRosa .... aerial coordinator
Michael McGinn .... location manager
Karen O'Toole .... production coordinator
Dominic Sbardella .... craft service
Liz Brandenburg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Briana Dorner .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
James Payne .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Geoff Plymale .... production assistant: re-shoot (uncredited)
Marie Randall .... craft service (uncredited)
Cris Rankin .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Simon Rodriguez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Zack Shisslak .... location assistant (uncredited)
Kim Smith .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Scott Stravitz .... key set medic (uncredited)
Alex Theurer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Wendi Wendt .... stand in/photo double (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Stephen King's Desperation" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for violence and gruesome images
131 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The film was originally written to air as a two part miniseries but the ABC Network chose instead to show the entire film on one evening in a three hour time slot.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Steve Ames first picks up Cynthia Smith, he tells her his boss is riding on a Harley Soft-tail. When they show the bike, it is a Harley Sportster made up to look like a soft-tail.See more »
Mary Jackson:Officer, you saw our registration, you know that isn't our car, and it's not our dope either. Do you think we'd be so stupid?
Collie Entragian:Shut up, you New York deviant.
Mary Jackson:What... What did... What did you call me?
Collie Entragian:I'm arresting you for possession of marijuana with intent to sale.
Peter Jackson:You can't be serious.
Collie Entragian:You have the right to remain silent. If you choose to not be silent, everything you say can be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. I am going to kill you. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand your rights as I explained them to you?
[Peter and Mary are confused and don't know what to say]
Collie Entragian:Do you understand your rights?
Peter Jackson:[to Mary, whispering] Just... Act normally, I don't think he understands what he just said.
Collie Entragian:[shouting] Do you understand your rights? Do you or not? Answer me, you smart-aleck blue state unisex swingles! Do you or not? Do you or not?
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What is the phrase that Entragian keeps chanting about Tak?
What happened to Entragian? He disappears halfway into the film.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Ultimate Movie Review, 21 March 2012
Author: Tss5078 from United States

When Stephen King's work started being turned into movies, they were always great, but the newer stuff, has really been hit or miss. For the first hour, Desperation was great and Ron Pearlman was hilarious as the twisted sheriff, abducting people on the highway. Unfortunately, about half way through this film, the movie changes focus to young David, played by the kid from the Stacy's Mom video, Shane Haboucha. David is some kind of prophet who is more aware of things than the other. That was cool, but his constant ramblings about God, and spouting of all this religious garbage got really annoying. By the time things built up to the end, I was so annoyed with this little kid and his ramblings that I just didn't care about what was going to happen. I just wanted the film to be over. Desperation is just another case of a writer and an actor taking things too far, to a point where it taints the whole movie.

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