The Return (I) (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  10 November 2006 (USA)
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Joanna Mills, a traveling business woman, begins having nightmares of a murder that occurred 15 years ago. Soon she is drawn to an old farmhouse, where the murder took place.



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Complete credited cast:
Terry Stahl
Kate Beahan ...
Ed Mills
Griff / Young Griff
Wally Welch ...
Snack Stand Vendor
Ambrose Miller
Mr. Marlin
Bonnie Gallup ...
Robert Wilson ...


The restless sales representative of a transport company Joanna Mills travels from Saint Louis to Texas in a business trip. She is haunted by violent visions and after meeting her client, she visits her lonely father. On the next morning, she decides to visit La Salle, a small town where she has never been before, but she had recollections of many locations. She lodges in a hotel and later she meets and is befriended by the local widower Terry Stahl, who helps her from an aggression. Her daydreams and nightmares increase and she becomes obsessed for disclosing the truth about her visions of a brutal murder of a woman in a barn. Along her investigation, Joanna gets close to the killer and feels that her life is in danger. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This November, fear comes home. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revolver  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,479,621 (USA) (10 November 2006)


$7,744,785 (USA) (8 December 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When asked at the beginning of the project who she wanted to play her father, Sarah Michelle Gellar jokingly responded that she wanted Sam Shepard. Months later it was confirmed, to Gellar's disbelief, that Shepard agreed to take the role. See more »


The town of La Salle, Texas, as depicted in the movie, does not exist. La Salle is in Jackson County, Texas 77969, it is an unincorporated community with a population of only 103 people in 2000. See more »


[last lines]
Griff & Young Griff: [on being stabbed] Sunshine!
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Crazy Credits

When the credits first start to roll, everyones name's turn and blur away to the next name which does the same. This represents the characters Joanna and Annie and how they co-existed in the same body. See more »


Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


Sweet Dreams (Of You)
Written by Don Gibson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

This Spirit Moved Me.......
11 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is an intelligent, intense and dark spiritual movie which I certainly enjoyed. A superior production and direction and in my opinion appears to be well under rated by the voters of IMDb.

A young woman is tormented by her past and "returns" to her home to discover, if she can, the reasons for her haunting recollections and the questions raised include: is she mad? Or is her past or another's' being relived through her memories? The film is appropriately made in sombre autumnal colors in keeping with the ambiance of the story,and is an adult drama.

I was impressed with all the actors especially the attractive lead female who is charismatic, convincing and highly watchable.

Well done the film-makers, a sound, 7/10.

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