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A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."

Director:

Bill Paxton

Writer:

Brent Hanley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paxton ... Dad Meiks
Matthew McConaughey ... Adam Meiks
Powers Boothe ... FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
Matt O'Leary ... Young Fenton
Jeremy Sumpter ... Young Adam
Luke Askew ... Sheriff Smalls
Levi Kreis ... Fenton Meiks
Derk Cheetwood ... Agent Griffin Hull
Missy Crider ... Becky Meiks (as Melissa Crider)
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Brad White
Cynthia Ettinger ... Cynthia Harbridge
Vincent Chase Vincent Chase ... Edward March
Gwen McGee ... Operator
Edmond Scott Ratliff Edmond Scott Ratliff ... The Angel
Rebecca Tilney ... Teacher
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Storyline

FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions required him and his brother, Adam to become his 'demon-slaying' murder accomplices. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesome. Written by KGF Vissers

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Like Father, Like Sons/Sins See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dämonisch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,208,655, 14 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,103,828, 9 June 2002
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Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew McConaughey, Dirk Cheetwood, and Bill Paxton have previously appeared in U-571 (2000). See more »

Goofs

At 1:31:04 when viewing the FBI surveillance tape, the text reads PAL. PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line but it is not the video system used in North America. North American countries use NTSC. See more »

Quotes

Dad: May God welcome you, and keep you.
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Directors Sam Raimi, Ivan Reitman and James Cameron, among others, are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »

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Referenced in High Chaparall: Robert Englund (2004) See more »

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Ball & Chain
Performed by Dale Watson
Written by Dale Watson
Courtesy of Hightone Records
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Watson Texas Music (BMI), and Songs of Windswept Pacific
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Wow-what a good one!
10 October 2004 | by rbrbSee all my reviews

There is such rubbish on the cable movie channels that I hit a gem with this one. From beginning to end it had me gripped and deserves top marks.

Father of two sons hears messages from "God" to kill people who he is told are 'demons'.

When the opening credits showed the director as one of the cast that can often be a warning of a bad film; exceptionally it is the reverse here as the drama is non-stop from beginning to end.

And there is not one moment in the movie when one is not fully enthralled as there are no unnecessary or needless sub-plots, and the script is first class.

All the actors give wholly convincing performances especially the lead child actor who is exceptional.

This film is at least as good as the likes of 'Silence of the Lambs'.


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