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Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | 9 March 2000 (Denmark)
A series of grisly events that took place in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, between 1890 and 1900 are dramatized.

Director:

James Marsh

Writers:

Michael Lesy (book), James Marsh

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ian Holm ... Narrator (voice)
Jeffrey Golden Jeffrey Golden ... Editor (as Jeff Golden)
Jo Vukelich Jo Vukelich ... Mary Sweeney
Marcus Monroe Marcus Monroe ... Young Anderson
Marilyn White Marilyn White ... Pauline L'Allemand
John Schneider John Schneider ... Asylum Clerk / Whispering Voice
John Baltes John Baltes ... Undertaker
Raeleen McMillion Raeleen McMillion ... Crying Woman
Krista Grambow Krista Grambow ... Mourning Woman
Clay Anton Clay Anton ... Eloping Couple (male)
Bobbie Jo Westphal Bobbie Jo Westphal ... Eloping Couple (female)
Scott Hulbert Scott Hulbert ... Pouch
Zeke Dasho Zeke Dasho ... Edgar L'Allemand
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathryn Anderson Kathryn Anderson ... Mrs. Larson
Kevin Anderson Kevin Anderson ... Larson Child
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Storyline

Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the nineteenth century. The film is inspired by Michael Lesy's book of the same name, which published in 1973. Lesy discovered a striking archive of black and white photographs in the town of Black River Falls, dating from the 1890s and married a selection of these images to extracts from the town's newspaper from the same decade. The effect was surprising and disturbing. The town of Black River Falls seems gripped by some peculiar malaise, and the weekly news is dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity, and violence amongst the local population. Suicide and murder are commonplace. People in the town are haunted by ghosts, possessed by demons, and terrorized by teenage outlaws and arsonists. Like the book, the film is constructed entirely from authentic news reports from the Black River Falls' newspaper, with ... Written by MAR

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Hands On Productions, Inc.

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2000 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuoleman loukko See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Broadcast in the U.K. as part of the BBC's prestigious Arena (1975) series. See more »

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Ave Maria
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Gounod
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lacks any emotional resonance at all
7 July 2000 | by gainax98See all my reviews

The film is based on newspaper articles and photos, which is surely why it is so emotionally detached from its subjects, but it is simply not possible to have absolutely no emotional connection to any of the characters and remain interested in hearing about their deaths for two hours. It becomes tedious after the first 20 minutes and almost unbearable after 45. The main reoccuring characters -- a whispering mental hospital clerk and a woman who compulsively breaks windows -- are given no personality at all, only roles to perform, and only add to the problem. While well-shot, this movie is dull, plodding, and the worst kind of bad movie: it doesn't even attempt to entertain you, it just drags you along, waiting for the end.


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