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Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 9 March 2000 (Denmark)
Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. The film ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Jeffrey Golden ...
Editor (as Jeff Golden)
Jo Vukelich ...
Mary Sweeney
Marcus Monroe ...
Young Anderson
Marilyn White ...
Pauline L'Allemand
John Schneider ...
Asylum Clerk / Whispering Voice
John Baltes ...
Raeleen McMillion ...
Crying Woman
Krista Grambow ...
Mourning Woman
Clay Anton ...
Eloping Couple (male)
Bobbie Jo Westphal ...
Eloping Couple (female)
Scott Hulbert ...
Zeke Dasho ...
Edgar L'Allemand
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathryn Anderson ...
Mrs. Larson
Kevin Anderson ...
Larson Child


Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. The film is inspired by Michael Lesy's book of the same name which was first published in 1973. Lesy discovered a striking archive of black and white photographs in the town of Black River Falls dating from the 1890s and married a selection of these images to extracts from the town's newspaper from the same decade. The effect was surprising and disturbing. The town of Black River Falls seems gripped by some peculiar malaise and the weekly news is dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity and violence amongst the local population. Suicide and murder are commonplace. People in the town are haunted by ghosts, possessed by devils and terrorized by teenage outlaws and arsonists. Like the book, the film is constructed entirely from authentic news reports from the Black River Falls' newspaper with ... Written by MAR

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Broadcast in the UK as part of the BBC's prestigious Arena (1975) series. See more »


Written by Robert Schumann
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An unsettlingly stark look at the grim details of one small town's history.
24 February 2001 | by (Georgia, United States) – See all my reviews

Unapologetically dark. Unashamedly morbid and moody. This documentary offers an alternative, more realistic, depiction of American life at the turn of the twentieth century. Mundane elements of work, love, marriage, and simple existence in the American North are swept up in an undercurrent of darkness that reminds the viewer that history is not all presidents, education, and industry. This documentary offers both sides of life, not just the common, brightly lit portion that is outlined in popular media and historical documents. This is all not to say, however, that the film is oppressive or grotesque: accounts of insanity, murder, and tragedy are intermixed with elements of black humor and sarcasm. Well worth the hour-and-a-half running time.

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