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Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 9 March 2000 (Denmark)
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... See full summary »

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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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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Drama | History

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Referenced in #PizzaGate: The Documentary (2016) See more »

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Traumerei
Written by Robert Schumann
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Another Errol Morris Ripoff
25 July 2000 | by NiroSee all my reviews

I listened to an excellent interview of this film's producers upon its release and was really expecting great things (I grew up in Wisconsin in the mid '60s/early '70s and our Boy Scout Troop had many weekend outings in the Black River Falls area, where this film takes place).

Terrific "real life" stories about the mysterious happenings and murders in and around this town are re~enacted in Errol Morris fashion, but the film never finds Morris' focus ~ instead, it makes a mish-mash of all of the interesting tales.

After 30 minutes you've witnessed so many deaths and oddities in no order whatsoever, that if you're a smart viewer you begin to ask yourself "What is this film really trying to say?"...

After 5 more minutes, the filmmakers have re~covered evey square inch of what the initial half~hour presented.

Should have been better.

Far better.


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