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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


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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)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joseph Patrick Finn:  producer of many X-files episodes, is the whispering priest seated next to Father Ybarra during the staff meeting where Scully first mentions using Stem Cell therapy. See more »


While Father Joesph is hospital, the heart monitoring equipment on him is place incorrectly. The black lead should be on his right shoulder not green as seen in the movie. See more »


Dana Scully: Ugh, scratchy beard!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.48 (2009) 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

Better than your average MOTW...
25 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Good: - Duchovny, Anderson, and Connelly all deliver excellent performances. Mulder and Scully are still fun to watch. - The atmosphere of the show is very much kept intact. - The surprise appearance of a series regular is a great addition to the finale of the movie. - The Scully Subplot was done very well. - The few action sequences are well done. - It explains what happened to Mulder and Scully.

The Bad: - Xzibit's character is as one dimensional as a piece of paper. - The plot is very weak due to it being incredibly simplistic. - It's slow pace will turn off many. - It feels made for T.V, almost exactly like an episode from season 7. They should've made it a 2 hour special on T.V instead. - It's way more of a Drama film than a Sci Fi thriller, which is misleading since the previews showed otherwise.

Overall: I had mixed thoughts when leaving the theater. Though it was slightly disappointing and underwhelming, it was still a good movie, especially for X Files fans. Duchovny and Anderson have not lost a step and deserve either another season to close up the series or another movie. I'm leaning more towards the former, as the movies have illustrated that Carter excels far more in a T.V environment.

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