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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The news station, WOWK 13, shown during the Charleston scenes is the actual news station for the Charleston-Huntington area. See more »

Goofs

On Klein's drive from Point Pleasant to Chicago, a glimpse of an exit sign for "New Kensington" can be seen. There is no "New Kensington" between West Virginia and Illinois, but there is one near Pittsburgh, where the movie was filmed. See more »

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[first lines]
John Klein: Jesus!
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Crazy Credits

A phone continues to ring during the end credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Joy to the World
Written by Isaac Watts (uncredited) and Lowell Mason (uncredited)
Arranged by James Lum
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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In a word- EERIE!
23 December 2005 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Bizarre, well-made supernatural thriller is all the more chilling for the fact that it's rooted in actual events.

Washington reporter ends up in a small West Virginia town where a strange entity is foretelling of a disaster.

Although many critics harpooned this film for its seemingly aimless storyline, it's really a forgivable thing since Mothman is such an atmospheric and slickly-directed film. The direction is artistically stunning, with lots of colorful and frightening visuals. The atmosphere is solidly dark and mysterious, with a number of truly spooky sequences - particularly Gere's phone call from the Mothman. And despite the fact that everything is not explained to us up front, after all who could place logic to this strange true story, the film is a pretty decent gripper. The grand climax is especially dramatic!

The cast is fairly good, star Richard Gere probably being the best as our bewildered hero. The filming locations are good and the moody soundtrack is quite effective.

For those who like their thrillers a touch on the X-Files side, The Mothman Prophecies is a terrific choice.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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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

Gross USA:

$35,746,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,305,279
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2.35 : 1
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