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Black River (2001)

A writer visits a town that isn't what it appears to be.

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(teleplay), (novel) (as Dean Koontz)
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Boyd 'Bo' Aikens
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Laura Crosby
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Mandy Pruell
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Chief Salks
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Thomas Pinkwater
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Richard Crunch
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Charts
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Mayor Tom Thompson
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Nancy Larshak
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Frank Yarley
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Sculptor
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Frannie Fineman
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A writer visits a town that isn't what it appears to be.

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Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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6 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Black River - A város fogva tart  »

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This movie apparently takes place in California (when Bo is in the police station, the California state flag is displayed), but in one scene, Petro Canada gas station can be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Laura Crosby: What're you doing here? I thought you were leaving early this morning.
Boyd 'Bo' Aikens: I'm having a little trouble getting out of town.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Excellent rehash of an old "Star Trek" episode
3 June 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

BLACK RIVER is a great retelling of old TV show episodes, like the "Star Trek" episode where Kirk eventually discovers the townsfolk have been worshiping a computer in a cave. Koontz, who over the years has turned into the best of the three major horror writers with a series of novels that have become downright metaphysical, obviously loves "The Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek" and probably "The Outer Limits." Jay ("Jerry McGuire") Mohr is a writer, originally from Vermont, who has become disillusioned with Los Angeles, and checks out a small Pacific Northwest town only to find he can't leave. Cameras are mounted on every traffic light, in every store and dwelling, and monitor everyone's movements while an unseen hand apparently controls the whole thing. Mohr is excellent as the frustrated prisoner, and is backed up by stellar performances from Ann (sister of Joan and John) Cusack as a too-happy waitress and Lisa ("House, MD") Edelstein as her architect sister who also has become trapped in the bucolic town of Black River. Other than what appears to be a limited budget and the fact it was clearly shot in Canada or some place other than the U.S., it is hard to tell this is a TV movie and not a theatrical release. The writing is first rate, and the actors have a ball with their roles in this old-fashioned paranoia thriller. Highly recommended. I can't wait for Hollywood to adapt any of Koontz's more recent output, which eschew standard horror plots in favor of near-transcendental stories interlaced with intermittent bouts of action.


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