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In the Electric Mist (2009)

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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John Bell Hood died aged of 48; in this movie he's played by 68 year old Levon Helm. See more »

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James Bell Hood is portrayed in a lieutenant general's uniform in the movie. By the time he had attained that rank, he had lost his right leg at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. In the movie, the character has both legs. Furthermore, Hood never served in Louisiana during the Civil War, but lived and died in New Orleans after the war. See more »

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Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni: What's goin' on Dave?
Dave Robicheaux: I'm investigatin' a murder Julie.
Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni: No kiddin'. Still worried about me Dave?
Dave Robicheaux: Hell yeah. How many guys would burn down their own father's nightclub with their own father still in it?
Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni: You gotta forgive me if I get a little upset by these kinds of attitudes Dave. I come home to this shit hole. I'm a prominent man in the entertainment business. I talk on the phone, everyday to people in California you read about in Entertainment Weekly. They oughta have 'Welcome Back Balboni' ...
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Follows Heaven's Prisoners (1996) See more »

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I'm Coming Home (To See My Mother)
Written by Clifton Chenier
Performed by Clifton Chenier
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Excellently cast; and well-acted, directed, and photographed
8 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There aren't too many movies where you find that each and every actor seems realistic, without overplaying his or her part. I definitely have a bias towards moody, dark Louisiana movies with psychotic killers and corruption. This movie has all the virtues of that genre. Tommy Lee Jones is excellent as a worn-out, aging, alcoholic detective (on the wagon) who has a strong moral sense, but cuts corners when he deems it necessary.

John Goodman is so versatile that I didn't recognize him as the same actor who was in The Big Lebowski which I had watched only the day before. The script was so adept that they handled the issues of race relations in what I considered a realistic manner without any preaching. The settings, whether swamps at night, Southern mansions, broken down shacks, or merely country scenery all seemed highly realistic. The editing was excellent. Thus, the timing of most scenes was just right, so there wasn't the problem of boredom.

The only reason I gave the movie an 8 rather than a 10 is that it suffered from too much mumbled dialogue, so you have to be willing to live with about 25% of dialogue shooting past you (unless perhaps you are from "Loozyana"), and perhaps missing some of the relationships between people early on. However, while this meant that you might miss out on some of the subtleties, the story is not that fast moving and complex that it warrants bypassing the movie, given all its virtues.


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