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The Locusts (1997)

R | | Drama | 3 October 1997 (USA)
A drifter enters a small town looking for employment. While working at the local cattle ranch, he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Kitty and becomes involved in a deadly yet erotic love triangle.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kate Capshaw ... Mrs. Potts
Jeremy Davies ... Flyboy
Vince Vaughn ... Clay
Ashley Judd ... Kitty
Paul Rudd ... Earl
Daniel Meyer Daniel Meyer ... Joel
Jessica Capshaw ... Patsy
Jessica Robertson ... Ellen (as Jessie Robertson)
Jimmy Ray Pickens ... Cameron (as Jimmy Pickens)
Jerry Haynes ... Harlan
Jason Davis ... Wrangler
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In the 50's, the drifter Clay Hewitt arrives in a small town in the countryside of Kansas and befriends the locals Kitty, Earl and his girlfriend Patsy after punching their friend Joel Carter in a bar. Clay asks for a job to raise money to go to California, and Earl drives him to the ranch of the widow Delilah Ashford Potts to work with him in the slaughterhouse. Mrs. Potts is an alcoholic and promiscuous woman and hires Clay and let him stay in the barn. When Clay meets her son Joseph "Flyboy" Potts, he learns that he has just returned from a mental institution after eight years and he does not speak a word to anybody. Further, his only friend is a bull called Jim that belonged to his father. Clay falls in love with Kitty and gets close to Flyboy that becomes his friend and slowly changes his behavior. When Clays decides to leave the town, he discloses a dark secret to Kitty. Meanwhile Flyboy's change of attitude unleashes a series of evil events and revelations from Mrs. Potts. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The past never lies. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Secret Sin See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,082, 5 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,082, 5 October 1997
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Steven Spielberg cast Jeremy Davies in Saving Private Ryan (1998) after seeing his performance in this movie. See more »

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Features Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959) See more »

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Written by Ronnie Self
Performed by Brenda Lee
Artist courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A very nice debut with a good story and some fine acting
18 July 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

Normally when I hear or read the title of a movie, I have some idea of what it could be like. That's not always correct, but most of the time it works - especially with famous movies of course. But when I read the title of this movie, I really didn't know what it would be about. Of course I didn't think that it would be a movie about the insect, but I just couldn't form a good idea about it. That's why I just gave it a try, not knowing what to expect, but hoping for the best. And I'm glad that I did, because this certainly was a nice movie.

"The Locusts" is situated in the 1950's and shows how the arrival of Clay Hewitt changes life drastically in a small town. He's looking for a job and is hired by the local feed ranch's owner, an aging widow who likes to drink and seduce younger men. He quickly becomes her new lover, but also has an eye for her quiet son Flyboy. The boy hasn't spoken a word in years and is completely withdrawn since the death of his father. The only one who he talks to since his recent return from a mental hospital is his pet bull. But Clay wants to give it a try and gradually he manages to get the boy out of his isolation, much against the will of the boy's mother...

Even though this is perhaps not the most original story ever, I must say that I had a good time watching this movie. The acting has a lot to do with that of course. Vince Vaughn is very enjoyable as Clay Hewitt and Kate Capshaw did a very fine job portraying Delilah, but in my opinion it is Jeremy Davies as Flyboy, who was the best this time. But overall this is a movie that portrayed its characters well and didn't drown in an overdose of plot twists. This is John Patrick Kelley's first and so far only film, but it certainly makes me look forward to new projects from this man. I give this movie a rating between 7/10 and 7.5/10.


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