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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 25 January 2002 (USA)
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A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Director:

Mark Pellington

Writers:

Richard Hatem (screenplay), John A. Keel (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... John Klein
David Eigenberg ... Ed Fleischman
Bob Tracey Bob Tracey ... Cyrus Bills
Ron Emanuel Ron Emanuel ... Washington Post Reporter
Debra Messing ... Mary Klein
Tom Stoviak ... Real Estate Agent
Yvonne Erickson ... Dr. McElroy
Scott Nunnally Scott Nunnally ... Orderly
Harris Mackenzie Harris Mackenzie ... TV Journalist
Will Patton ... Gordon Smallwood
Lucinda Jenney ... Denise Smallwood
Laura Linney ... Connie Mills
Tom Tully ... Motel Manager
Zachary Mott Zachary Mott ... Otto (as Billy Mott)
Ann McDonough Ann McDonough ... Lucy Griffin
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Storyline

John Klein (Richard Gere) is involved in a car accident with his wife, but while he is unharmed, his wife mentions a moth-shaped creature appearing. After her death, John begins to investigate the secrets behind this mentioned Mothman. It takes him to the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he discovers a connection with the same problem. Here he meets Connie Mills (Laura Linney), while he continues to unravel the mystery of what the Mothman really is. Written by simon

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Rated PG-13 for terror, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mothman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,208,851, 27 January 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,746,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,157,539
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Mothman's face appears six times in this movie. The first is when he flies into Mary's (Debra Messing's) face. The second is at the end of the scene where John (Richard Gere) is talking with the woman who saw Indrid through the window, the camera zooms out, and the scorch mark at the trees back left by the mothman has his face. The third is when the young couple describes the incident at the factory site, when the mothman moves off the car. The fourth is in the beginning of the zoom out from Mary's photograph after John had smashed the phone, the mothman's face and shape appears in Mary's pupil. The fifth is when he is seen in the mirror on the door that John slams. The sixth and final time is when the cable slams into the car windshield. See more »

Goofs

Albert is incorrect. The character's name is Alexander Leek. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Klein: Jesus!
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Crazy Credits

Soundtrack listing, song Half Light, which plays over the credits. The movie credits for this song say, "Additional Lyrics by Indrid Cold," the Mothman character of the movie. Toward the end of the song, there is a muffled, whispering voice, similar to one of the prophetic voice heard at various times in the movie. The voice continues just past the end of the song and to the end of the credits, but the words are indiscernible. See more »


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Written and Performed by Brian Berdan
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Great Suspense
17 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This gets high marks for suspense alone. It is a very tense movie, guaranteed to keep the first-time viewer glued to his/her seat. It might even raise a few hairs on the back of your neck!

Dramatic music also helped with the suspense. In addition, we get some fine acting performances from Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Will Patton.

Don't be fooled, however, with the "based on a true story" tag line. It might be "based" but that could mean only a very, very small part of this film was actual; the rest presented for dramatic purposes. This film is a good case of that, from what I've read.

Nonetheless, it's interesting, has good visuals and decent sound and some genuine creepy moments. This definitely a film to have on DVD, as opposed to VHS, although I suppose at this point, few people buy tapes anymore anyway. Those looking to curl up on the couch with a good thriller: give this movie a look.


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