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The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  25 July 2008 (USA)
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Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agent Mosley Drummy (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
2nd Abductor - Janke Dacyshyn
2nd Victim - Cheryl Cunningham
Fagin Woodcock ...
1st Abductor - Franz Tomczeszyn
Marco Niccoli ...
Spencer Maybee ...


Fox Mulder and Dana Scully both worked at the FBI as partners, a bond between them that led to their becoming lovers. But now they're out of the FBI and have begun new careers. Scully works as a staff physician at a Catholic hospital. Her focus these days is on a young boy with an incurable brain disease. Administration wants to give up on him. Scully, who feels a special bond with the boy, does not. Meanwhile, Mulder's focus is on clipping newspaper articles, throwing pencils into his ceiling and writing about the paranormal. Scully and Mulder are brought together as partners again when a special case requires Mulder's expertise and Scully is prevailed upon to convince him to help. The case involves a pedophile priest who claims he is having psychic visions regarding the whereabouts of a missing FBI agent. Written by J. Spurlin

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


To find the truth, you must believe. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing content and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The X Files 2  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,021,753 (USA) (25 July 2008)


$20,981,633 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Duchovny was not a fan of his (fake) beard. He found it itchy and if they were spending a long time on a scene under the hot studio lights, it would start to melt. See more »


Scully and Mulder fly in on a helicopter from their house. The rotor is still turning after they land and exit the helicopter, but Scully's and Mulder's hair remain in place. In the next shot, they walking away from the helicopter with the rotor still turning. The rotor wash would blow their hair around. See more »


Fox Mulder: Are you asking me to give up?
Dana Scully: No. No, I can't ask you to do that... But I can tell you I won't be coming home tonight.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits contain a dedication to Randy Stone. See more »


Followed by The X-Files (2016) See more »


Written by Gavin Clarke (as Gavin Clark), James Lavelle, Richard File and Christopher Allen Goss (as Chris Goss)
Performed by Unkle (as UNKLE) featuring Gavin Clarke (as Gavin Clark)
Courtesy of Surrender All Ltd.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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User Reviews

Not as bad as people are making it out to be
25 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Honestly, I thought this was a good film. I'll even go so far as to say a great film. I really think that Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson delivered what they had promised to. All along, throughout the post-production and press campaign we've been told that this is a creepy story with Mulder and Scully's relationship at its core. Well, that's what it is ... plain and simple. I really think that all the negativity and people's harsh reviews are from false and hyped up expectations of what this movie is supposed to be. If anything, you should just try to walk into the theatre with an open mind.

But I almost think some people who reviewed this film, saw a different film than I did ...

1. I read a review in which the person said Gillian Anderson's acting was awful. That is false. It is quite the contrary. Gillian Anderson is probably one of the strongest aspects of this movie. Every time she's in a scene, you're captivated.

2. I had read that Mulder and Scully don't show up in the film until 45 minutes into it. False. Scully appears in the 3rd scene - so what? no more than 7 minutes? - and Mulder directly follows.

3. Someone complained about an irrelevant and torturously long scene where Mulder fills up his gas tank. This doesn't happen. He goes to a gas station, gets out of his car, and goes into a store.

4. Lastly, it was rumored that the actors where flubbing up their lines all the time. Okay, even if they did, that wouldn't end up in the final film. Obviously they do multiple takes for a reason. The lines are solid.

This movie is not boring. The surprises are there. It may not be scary in a 'horror film' sort of way where things are jumping out at you every 2 seconds, but it is scary. The acting is amazing. Gillian Anderson on her own is a joy to watch, but when you put her in a scene with David it's either going to break your heart or melt it. The supporting cast won't let you down, and neither will the storyline. It's not paranormal in the sense of freaks and monsters, but religion and God. It's very much in the fashion of "All Things"; seeing the signs and following them. Finally, it is just excellently put together. Whoever edited this film did a phenomenal job! The inter-cutting and juxtaposition was out of this world.


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