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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

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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 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 a small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he discovers a connection with the same problem. Here he meets Connie Mills, while he continues to unravel the mystery of what the Mothman really is. Written by simon

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lakeshore Entertainment See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Mothman from the years 1966 and 1967 was originally named after the title of the Batman (1966) TV series. See more »

Goofs

John says that Mary had surgery to remove the tumor. However, the next time we see her, her head is not shaved like it should be if she had brain surgery. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Klein: Jesus!
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Crazy Credits

After the production companies' logos, the opening credits state: This story is based on events which occurred in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. See more »

Connections

References Black Christmas (1974) See more »

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Insomnia
and "The Bowls"
by Jeff Rona
Performed by Luxurious
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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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