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Desperation (2006)

When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.

Director:

Mick Garris

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Stephen King (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... John Edward Marinville
Steven Weber ... Steve Ames
Annabeth Gish ... Mary Jackson
Charles Durning ... Tom Billingsley
Matt Frewer ... Ralph Carver
Henry Thomas ... Peter Jackson
Shane Haboucha ... David Carver
Kelly Overton ... Cynthia Smith
Sylva Kelegian ... Ellie Carver
Ron Perlman ... Collie Entragian
Sammi Hanratty ... Pie Carver
Ewan Chung ... Shih
Alain Uy ... Cha'an
Trieu Tran ... Young Viet Cong
Tom Parker ... Young Johnny
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Storyline

En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Carver family is arrested for blowing out all four tires on their camper. Collie Entragian is the arresting officer, the self-made sheriff of a town called Desperation, Nevada, and the quintessential bad cop. Unbeknownst to the Carvers, Entragian regularly sniffs out passerbys on this stretch of road, and in fact has done in nearly every resident of his hometown. He can also change form and summon the help of creepy creatures, including scorpions, snakes and spiders. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

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In this town, there are no accidents. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gruesome images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Stephen King was reportedly annoyed that the ABC Network decided to show the film on the same evening that the popular TV series American Idol aired. King blamed the Networks poor scheduling decision for the disappointing ratings that Desperation received. See more »

Goofs

At the scene in the jail when Mary fights with the cop and David picks up a shotgun bullet, he puts it into his right pocket of his jeans. Yet, at the end of the film when the "Collie Entragian Survivors" climb up to the mine's entrance, Johnny Marinville steals the bullet from David's left pocket. See more »

Quotes

Collie Entragian: Don't worry about me. I've got eyes in the back of my head. You'll do well to remember that.
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Fall To Pieces
(uncredited)
Written by Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner
Performed by Velvet Revolver
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Not Bad At All
23 May 2006 | by tytianacsSee all my reviews

I just viewed the 'made for TV' movie and I thought that it was pretty good! I read both books over ten years ago and considering, it turned out to be better than I had expected, although I thought that the second book (The Regulators) was much better than the first (Desperation)! Ron Perlman was excellent (as usual!) along with Tom Skerritt. The supporting cast were pretty good also (Charles Durning and Matt Fewer were somewhat 'under used'). I was also quite impressed with how they stuck with the religious 'tone' of the story seeing how sensitive that people are nowadays. But all in all, it kept my 13 year old son 'glued' to the 'set after I explained the first and second book to him.

It doesn't compare to "The Stand" which I found absolutely fantastic but for a three hour film, it holds it's ground! Like myself and my son, we are hoping that Mr. King already have the follow-up, "The Regulators" already in the works. And if you haven't read both books yet, now would be a good time to find these 'gems' and read them. Trust me, you will not be able to put them down! King at his finest!!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Desperation See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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