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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Klein
... Ed Fleischman
Bob Tracey ... Cyrus Bills
Ron Emanuel ... Washington Post Reporter
... Mary Klein
... Real Estate Agent
... Dr. McElroy
Scott Nunnally ... Orderly
Harris Mackenzie ... TV Journalist
... Gordon Smallwood
... Denise Smallwood
... Connie Mills
... Motel Manager
Zachary Mott ... Otto (as Billy Mott)
Ann McDonough ... Lucy Griffin
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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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Rated PG-13 for terror, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$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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Laura Linney and Richard Gere also starred together in Primal Fear with Edward Norton. See more »

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When John is trying to warn everyone to get off the bridge at the end, he has gloves on in some shots, and bare hands in some others. See more »

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[first lines]
John Klein: Jesus!
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After the production companies' logos, the opening credits state: This story is based on events which occurred in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. See more »

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References Primal Fear (1996) See more »

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Soul Systems Burn
by Daniel Riddle and Tony Lash
Performed by King Black Acid
Courtesy of Lakeshore Records
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In a word- EERIE!
23 December 2005 | by See 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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