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In the Electric Mist -- While on an investigation into a series of grisly murders, veteran detective Dave Robicheaux (Jones) navigates his way through the Louisiana bayou and the dark, sultry world of New Orleans mobster "Baby Feet" Balboni (John Goodman).
In the Electric Mist -- A detective in the deep South is led into a series of surreal encounters with a troop of Confederate soldiers.
In the Electric Mist -- Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones leads an all-star cast in this psychological thriller based on the bestselling novel by James Lee Burke.
In the Electric Mist -- Press conference from the cast and crew of In the Electric Mist at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
In the Electric Mist -- Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones leads an all-star cast in this psychological thriller based on the bestselling novel by James Lee Burke.


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Writers (WGA):
Jerzy Kromolowski (screenplay) &
Mary Olson-Kromolowski (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 2009 (France) See more »
No one can escape the sins of the past.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tommy Lee Jones ... Dave Robicheaux

John Goodman ... Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni

Peter Sarsgaard ... Elrod Sykes

Mary Steenburgen ... Bootsie Robicheaux

Kelly Macdonald ... Kelly Drummond

Justina Machado ... Rosie Gomez

Ned Beatty ... Twinky LeMoyne

James Gammon ... Ben Hebert

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Lou Girard

Levon Helm ... General John Bell Hood

Buddy Guy ... Sam 'Hogman' Patin

Julio Cedillo ... Cholo Manelli (as Julio Cesar Cedillo)
Bernard Hocke ... Murphy Doucet

John Sayles ... Michael Goldman

Gary Grubbs ... Sheriff
Walter Breaux ... Batist
Alana Locke ... Alafair Robicheaux

Adella Gautier ... Clothilde (Cleaning Woman) (as Adella Gauthier)

Louis Herthum ... Doobie Patout

Ritchie Montgomery ... Club Leon Bartender
Tony Molina Jr. ... Adonis Brown

Randy Austin ... St. Clare Parish Deputy

Richard Andrew Jones ... Sollie Rothberg (as Richard Jones)

Andrea Frankle ... Margot
William Burton ... Thug #1

Rio Hackford ... Thug #2
Ryan Rilette ... Jimmie
Greg Guirard ... Old Cajun Fisherman
Cindy Blanchard ... Parole Officer
Sandra Leigh Babineaux ... Newspaper Clerk
Danny Grisaffe ... Uniformed Patrolman #1
Steve Broussard ... Mr. Trajan
John Wilmot ... Mr. Meaux

Richard Landry ... Photographer
Matt Naquin ... Waiter
Katie Tull ... Assistant (as Kathleen Tull)
Dennis Paul Williams ... Himself - Guitar
Herman Brown ... Himself - Drums
Robert Leblanc ... Himself - Bass
Mark A. Williams ... Himself - Rubboard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Damon Lipari ... Stuntman

Nathan Williams ... Band Member 1 / Accordion

Samantha Beaulieu ... Amber (voice) (uncredited)

Allen Boudreaux ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Zach Broussard ... Captain (uncredited)

Louis Dupuy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bria Hobgood ... Beautiful Girl at Party (uncredited)

Chukwuma Onwuchekwa ... Dewitt Prejean (uncredited)

Victoria Patenaude ... Homeless Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
Bertrand Tavernier 
Writing credits
Jerzy Kromolowski (screenplay) &
Mary Olson-Kromolowski (screenplay)

James Lee Burke (novel "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead")

Produced by
Deborah Dobson Bach .... co-producer
Clelio Boccato .... associate producer
Frédéric Bourboulon .... producer
Michael Fitzgerald .... producer
Penelope Glass .... executive producer
Gulnara Sarsenova .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Cinematography by
Bruno de Keyzer 
Film Editing by
Thierry Derocles (french version)
Larry Madaras 
Roberto Silvi 
Casting by
Lisa Mae Fincannon 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Merideth Boswell 
Art Direction by
Kelly Curley 
Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Keenan 
Costume Design by
Kathy Kiatta 
Makeup Department
Leo Corey Castellano .... prosthetic design and application
Tarra D. Day .... makeup artist: Mr. Jones
Tarra D. Day .... makeup department head
Krystal Kershaw .... additional makeup artist
Darryl Lucas .... additional makeup
Yolanda Mercadel .... key hair stylist
Kellie Robinson .... makeup artist
Remi Savva .... makeup artist
Donna Spahn .... department head: hair
Production Management
Olivier Gravenhorst .... post-production supervisor
John Hardy .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Hardage .... first assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Katie Tull .... second assistant director (as Kathleen Tull)
Art Department
Michael Calabrese .... leadman
John C. Cameron .... assistant property master
Monique Champagne .... set decoration buyer
Chris Clinton .... art department production assistant
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... set dresser
Jaime Fernandez .... on-set dresser
Virginia Fuselier .... art department production assistant
Sara L. Holman .... art department coordinator
Michael A. Johnson .... leadman
Dave Kelsey .... lead scenic
Dave Kelsey .... set designer
Alexander Lasseigne III .... set dresser
Daniel A. Maes .... set dresser
Keith Walters .... property master
Sound Department
Mark Allen .... sound effects editor
David Bach .... sound re-recording mixer
David Bach .... supervising sound editor
Olivier Do Huu .... sound re-recording mixer (as Olivier Dô Hùu)
Ryan Farris .... sound utility
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Heather Gross .... sound effects editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator
Tim LeBlanc .... sound re-recording mixer (as Timothy O. LeBlanc)
Paul Ledford .... production sound mixer
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
Bridget O'Driscoll .... supervising sound editor
Kira Roessler .... additional dialogue editor (as Kira)
Maxime Saleix .... sound mix technician
Manuel Vidal .... dialogue editor
Clayton Weber .... supervising foley editor
Elmo Weber .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Timothy D. McKeown .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brian Bankston .... special effects technician (as Brian E. Bankston)
Stephen Bourgeois .... special effects co-coordinator
Bill Larson .... special effects foreman
Michael Nami Sr. .... special effects foreman (as Michael Nami)
David K. Nami .... special effects co-coordinator
Ian M. Stockstill .... special effects technician (as Ian Moses Stockstill)
Neil Stockstill .... special effects coordinator
Rebecca Walker .... special effects assistant (as Rebecca L. Walker)
Visual Effects by
Greg Cheng .... digital effects artist
Alan De Castro .... digital opticals (as Alan DeCastro)
Michael Degtjarewsky .... digital compositor
Emily Fenster .... visual effects associate producer
Chris Flynn .... digital compositor
David Geoghegan .... digital compositor
Maureen Healy .... digital compositor (as Maureen Nixon)
Alicia Johnson .... visual effects coordinator
Patrick Keenan .... digital compositor
Cristian A. Kong .... digital opticals (as Cristian Kong)
Tom Lamb .... digital compositor
Ladd Lanford .... visual effects producer
Miles Lauridsen .... digital opticals
Elodie Ly Tri .... retouch and restoration
Jenna Mateo .... digital opticals
Matthew Melia .... digital opticals (as Matthew Melis)
Jim O'Hagan .... digital compositor
Dolores Pope .... digital compositor
David Sosalla .... visual effects supervisor
Sebastien Betsch .... digital painter (uncredited)
David Santoyo .... digital i/o (uncredited)
Billy Burton .... stunt coordinator
Louis Dupuy .... precision driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Applebaum .... director of photography: second unit
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Larry Cottrill .... balloon lighting technician
Ferdinand Duplantier Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Brad Garris .... electrician
Penelope Helmer .... camera loader
Daniel H. Jacobs .... rigging electrician
Dawn Jones .... still photographer
Alan Keffer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
James Trapper McEvoy .... best boy rigging grip
Lee McLemore .... best boy grip
Jonathan Morrill .... electrician
Charlie Nauman .... second assistant camera: second unit
Paul Olinde .... gaffer
Joseph Paolucci Jr. .... best boy rigging electrician
Jonathan E. Robinson .... film loader
Chris Squires .... Steadicam operator
Chris Squires .... camera operator
Jonathan Stoll .... grip
Nathan Tape .... rigging electric
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "a" camera
Robb W. Turner .... rigging electrician
Jeremy Webre .... grip
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gerard Martin .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mae Chapman .... extras casting assistant
Lisa Mae Fincannon .... location casting
Brinkley A. Maginnis .... casting director: background
Pepper Morgan .... extras casting
Leslie Woo .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Bergkamp .... costumes coordinator
Caryn Frankenfield .... costumer
Misti Moreaux .... costume production assistant
Leeann Radeka .... costume supervisor
Stephanie A. Steel .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Cindy Bond .... digital intermediate producer
Anders Bramsen .... teaser editor
Nathan R. Fitzgerald .... digital intermediate editor
Maxine Gervais .... digital intermediate colorist
Bob Hart .... negative cutter
Alicia Johnson .... digital intermediate coordinator
David Kennedy .... digital intermediate color assist
Camille Langlais .... second assistant editor
Sylvie Petat .... assistant editor
Florent Retz .... first assistant editor
Mark Sachen .... colorist: dailies
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Jesse Wagler .... digital intermediate editor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Music Department
Michael K. Bauer .... music editor (as Mike Bauer)
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Rossano Galante .... orchestrator
David Greely .... music consultant: cajun music
Janet Ketchum .... orchestra contractor
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer
John Kurlander .... score recordist
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Jason Ruder .... music editor
Buck Sanders .... score co-producer
Josh Sarles .... music engineer
Jacqueline Simms .... music supervisor
Kay Stern .... concert master
Andre Zweers .... music digital recordist
Transportation Department
Virgil Bienemy .... driver
Dennis G. Carter .... driver
Keith N. Collis .... driver co-captain
Monica W. Fuller .... driver (as Monica Williamson)
Brian Kay .... transportation captain
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Paul Salard III .... production van driver
David Carlton White .... driver: honeywagon
Jeff J. Williams .... driver: vip
Other crew
James Bearb .... production assistant
Ken Beggs .... head animal trainer (as Ken Biggs)
Michael Betz .... key assistant location manager
Zach Broussard .... production assistant
Robert Carvajal .... stand-in
Bobbi Colorado .... animal coordinator
Crystal Dallas .... key craft service
Louis Dupuy .... stand-in
Laura Fearon .... payroll accountant
Jeff Galpin .... animal wrangler: crabs
Michael Grigsby .... production accountant
Miles Hardy .... location assistant
Molly Harrison .... production assistant
Rodney Hess .... production assistant
Kendrick Hudson .... assistant production coordinator
Jay Johnson .... lead title artist: Pacific Title
Ashley Kravitz .... rights and clearances
Jennifer Massetti .... title coordinator: Pacific Title
Timothy D. McKeown .... post-production coordination
Wayne Douglas Morgan .... staff assistant
Stacy Parker .... production coordinator
Brent Parris .... title coordinator: Pacific Title
Jennalee Rhodes .... production assistant
Rip Russell .... first assistant accountant
Valerie Ryan .... location assistant manager
Estelle Sanson .... administrator
Risa Schultz .... animal trainer
John Solis .... title graphics: Pacific Title
Joanna Spears .... second assistant accountant
Samuel W. Sullivan .... script supervisor
Chris Welcker .... office production assistant
Philippe Noiret .... dedicatee

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity
Germany:117 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | USA:102 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2009) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

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Told from the perspective of the character Dave Robichaux, who appears in every scene.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The movie star rents a huge saltwater boat to go out into the Atchafalaya Basin. This may have been done to show the character's naiveté.See more »
[first Lines]
Dave Robicheaux:My name's Dave Robicheaux. I'm an alcoholic. Sometimes I'm tempted to have a drink. But I never do.
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Movie Connections:
Follows Heaven's Prisoners (1996)See more »
I'm Coming Home (To See My Mother)See more »


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34 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric, Moody Drama with Crime as Only Part of Context, 8 March 2009
Author: Nicolas Mascota (critic-fanspot) from United States

Filled with bayou atmosphere, the film follows Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux as he sorts through two cases that tie together past and present, history and future, black and white, rich and poor. The cultural tension that permeates the movie creates the backdrop for a psychological crime drama whose suspense comes primarily from the personal conflict of Robicheaux. The crime action itself serves more to buffet the lead character on his internal journey than to create an action-heavy thrill-ride.

In the Electric Mist is rich in atmosphere, and that is perhaps its strongest point. All aspects of the film-making process come together to drive home the feeling of the Lousiana bayou, from the detailed sets to the slow pace to the contrast between the simmering intensity of the true Louisiana folks with the outlandish extroversion of the outsiders and the locals who have been won over by Hollywood culture. It is a movie best experienced with your full attention.

There is a strong sense of suspense in the film, but it is delivered through tragedy and the search for resolution, not high action. While Tommy Lee Jones delivers the sort of performance one might expect and there are certainly plenty of thriller mainstay elements, this is not an action piece, an in intrigue, or a intricate mystery. If you cannot get invested in the tension of a complicated shades-of-grey lead character and his search for answers to questions that may not e fully expressed, the suspense will likely escape you and you will be left with a slow movie with an unsurprising plot. And if you cannot get absorbed into the play of contrasts and dialectics within the fabric of the rural Louisiana cultural fabric, you probably find the message trite, the ending too neat, and some of the performances (e.g., John Goodman as Baby Feet Balboni) as over-the-top and distracting. But if you can allow yourself to experience the film through Jones' Robicheaux, you will find yourself sharing his internal conflict, delighting in bright spots of energy like Alana Locke's Alafair, and clinging to a misty hope for resolution.

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