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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.


Mark Pellington


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on true events See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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


As the characters are standing outside the police station, four of the extras (one of whom is a teacher called Mrs. Mickola, as it happens) walks past in the background twice from the same direction. See more »


[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 »


Featured in Day by Day: A Director's Journey Part I (2003) See more »


Soul Systems Burn
by Daniel Riddle and Tony Lash
Performed by King Black Acid
Courtesy of Lakeshore Records
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One of the better thrillers of 2002
17 May 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

The Mothman Prophecies is a creepy thriller that doesn't make as big as an impact as you would expect. Based on true events, the film examines a series of inexplicable occurrences through the eyes - and mind - of one man played by Richard Gere. The plot sounds creepy and the fact that its based on true events sure makes it more engaging. The film looks and sounds scary as well and there are a few scenes that are bound to get underneath your skin. The film is still kind of disappointing as they don't really explain the movie so well and your left with too many unanswered questions. Sometimes its hard to take the movie seriously as there are some scenes that don't make sense or that the scene kind of feels like a joke. Like said before though, the film should still creep underneath your skin. Richard Gere stars and he gives a very good performance. He makes up for starring in that awful film called Autumn in New York. Laura Linney also does a good and these two really keep the film moving. Mark Pellington directs and he does a good job of keeping the film at a nice pace and making the film look creepy. The ending was done decently and it sure makes you think about what happens. The Mothman Prophecies will leave its mark on you and you may have trouble getting it out of your head when its time to go to sleep. The film is almost two hours long so you may start to get bored if you find the film to be stupid. Pretty much if you like the X-Files or The Forgotten then you should enjoy this thriller. The Mothman Prophecies may not be top notch thriller but its still worth checking out and will make a good rental to watch at night. Rating 6.7/10 a sometimes scary thriller that's worth checking out.

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mothman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,208,851, 27 January 2002

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2.35 : 1
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