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In the Electric Mist (2009)

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A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen.



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Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the film, reports finding another corpse in the Atchafalaya Swamp near the movie set, Robicheaux starts another investigation, believing the corpse to be the remains of a black man who he saw being murdered 35 years before. Written by anonymous

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No one can escape the sins of the past.

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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15 April 2009 (France)  »

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In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead  »

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Kelly MacDonald appeared in 'No Country for Old Men' with Tommy Lee Jones. Her character dies in both movies, and Tommy Lee Jones plays a police officer in both movies. See more »


FBI agent Gomez uses a snub nose .38 caliber revolver on duty. FBI agents have a limited list of approved pistols. That list does not include any revolvers or .38 caliber weapons. See more »


Dave Robicheaux: In the ancient world, people placed heavy stones on the graves of the dead so their souls would not wander and inflict the living. I always thought this was simply the practice of superstitious and primitive people. But I was about to learn that the dead can hover on the edge of our vision with the density and luminosity of mist, and their claim on the earth can be as legitimate and tenacious as our own.
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Follows Heaven's Prisoners (1996) See more »


Written by Eyez aka Jon Cedric Thomas
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Fantastic adaptation of the James Lee Burke, Dave Robicheaux Series!
4 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been a long time fan of the writing of James Lee Burke. When they made Heaven's Prisoners into a movie I was disappointed with the finished product. So was everyone else and they didn't make any more of his books into films. I was glad to see that now, years later, they have decided to make another film. The casting is excellent and the story telling is true to the book. Tommy Lee Jones plays the main character about as well as I could imagine anyone playing Dave. I hope the movie is received with good reviews because I would love to see more of the series made into films. I highly recommend this excellent film to anyone. I think that James Lee Burke fans would be pleased, as well as people unfamiliar with the books. See this movie!!! It does not disappoint. The only thing I wish they had done, was make a movie out of one of the books that has Clete Purcel as a main character. I would love to see Black Cherry Blues made into a movie. I just think it would be hard to cast Clete. Maybe that character is too big for the silver screen.

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