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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

On 10 December 2004, a set in the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) being used to film a mine collapse caught fire when the special effects department made a big mistake. Five people were injured, two of them enough to need hospitalization. The fire destroyed everything on the set, including all of the production gear and equipment, and the TCC sustained heavy water and smoke damage. The invitations to the premier screening said "the film that set Tucson on fire." See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when they are blowing up "Tak", they take off in the U-Haul van and boulders are falling from the mountain. One boulder hits and shatters the windshield. In the next scenes, the windshield is perfectly intact. See more »

Quotes

Collie Entragian: [looking at Peter's license] I see you're an organ donor.
[smiles]
Collie Entragian: Are you sure that's wise?
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References Misery (1990) See more »

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Fall To Pieces
(uncredited)
Written by Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner
Performed by Velvet Revolver
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Made- for- TV Horror Flick
23 May 2006 | by albaugh_neilSee all my reviews

"Desperation" was premiered in Tucson at the newly- restored Fox Theater, a great Art Deco movie house. After the showing, the cast and director held an interesting question- and- answer session, somewhat marred by a few long- winded local politicos.

The movie was filmed in Bisbee, in the now- closed Lavender Pit copper mine, an imposing location. Other open- highway scenes were filmed on Sierrita Mountain Road and Sasabe Road. The filming shut down the highways for periods of time but it was interesting watching what was going on. The film crew also accidentally set the Tucson Community Center on fire.

As far as rating the movie, it's simply a "made for TV" production and you get pretty much what you might expect. It's no "Sunset Boulevard" but it's watchable.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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