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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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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Tommy Lee Jones and Mary Steenburgen; and two Oscar nominees: John Sayles, and Ned Beatty. See more »

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When Dave gets out of his truck near Hogman's house, the boom operator is visible in the driver's side mirror. 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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Stone Crazy
Written by Buddy Guy
Performed by Buddy Guy with Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas
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Better than it's being rated
15 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

First, there's the great French director, Tavernier, who made many films Americans missed. But at least most remember "'Round Midnight,'" an amazingly done jazz film with the late Dexter Gordon. Then there are the great actors, from Tommy Lee (who did indeed "nail" Robicheaux), but also Ned Beatty, Mary Steenburgen (who made the ordinary character of Bootsie bearable), the other great director John Sayles (as a director,of course) and countless lesser known character actors. The production values are superb. I've read most of Burke's novels and the sets of Dave's house, the dives he visits, the bayou, all of it are exactly as I'd imagined. The writing is good and I don't get why people think the story is confusing. But there is one major flaw (for me) that rankles. Why cast musicians (Levon Helm, Buddy Guy) in roles that really need strong acting? Helm was a great drummer for The Band, but I've never seen him act with much conviction. And the character of the dead Confederate general requires strength. Hal Holbrook would have been perfect. Then there's Buddy Guy, a great Chicago blues man, but he's no actor. He seemed almost to be reading most of his lines from off camera in one scene.

You cannot put strong actors in the same scenes with weak ones. But good actors together can make a scene--witness the last confrontation between Tommy Lee's Robicheaux and Ned Beatty's Lemoyne.

So, solid direction, much strong acting, faithful to the book, great sets and setting, all brought lower by some bad casting. Still, I think this one deserves more respect, especially compared to many of this year's "Oscar worthy" films.


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