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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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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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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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Trivia

In Johnny Marinville's (Tom Skerritt) flashback to Vietnam, the club that he flees just before the explosion was built into an empty storefront on Tucson's Congress Street. It's directly across from the Hotel Congress, where John Dillinger and his gang were based when they were in Tucson. As of September 2006 the storefront remains empty and boarded up. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Mary is trying to get away from Ellie in the Police car the windshield on the cruiser goes from completely covered in dust to partially covered back to completely covered and also completely uncovered in varying scenes. Yet at no time were the wipers ever turned on. See more »

Quotes

Cynthia Smith: Are you a nice person?
Steve Ames: Well, uh, I like to think so. But then again, if I was Ted Bundy, do you think I'd tell you?
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References The Dudley Do-Right Show (1969) See more »

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Fall To Pieces
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Written by Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner
Performed by Velvet Revolver
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sometimes worth it
22 September 2007 | by London NelsonSee all my reviews

I bought this movie out of the bargain bin at wal-mart the other day. It isn't something that would normally catch my interest, but I remember reading the book many years ago, and although I didn't remember a lot of details of the book, I remember enjoying it, and figured if I got even a fraction of the entertainment out of the movie as I did the book I would be satisfied. There are a few plot holes, but nothing too dramatic. The movie was thoroughly creepy. Connie was a convincing villain, and it was well cast. I think the kid was a bit on the quiet side for what I had always pictured him to be, but He still did a decent job. I bought this movie for 5 bucks, and it was well worth that. I would recommend this for renting, but paying much more than say 10 bucks to purchase it would be foolish. All in all a good movie although would have been much better as a feature film.


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