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The Mesmerist (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | 11 March 2002 (USA)
"The Mesmerist" is a twisted black comedy about a doctor who convinces a dying man's family to allow him to put the man in a trance and what happens when he descends into the after-world

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Gil Cates Jr.
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Cast overview:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Benjamin
Jessica Capshaw ... Daisy Valdemar
Howard Hesseman ... Mr. Valdemar
Jason Carter ... Dr. Pretory
Jo Champa ... Consuela
George Wyner ... Dr. Hoffler
Galina Jovovich ... Mother
Michael A. Goorjian ... Coroner #1
Richmond Arquette ... Coroner #2
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Based on the Edgar Allen Poe short story, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," comedy revolves around a doctor who convinces a dying man's family to allow him to put the man in a trance as he takes his final breaths. As the man descends in to the afterworld, he slowly discovers the answer to the ultimate question of mankind. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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11 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Benjamin: Strike one! Strike two! Strike three!
[Benjamin slaps Mr. Valdemar]
Benjamin: You're out!
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The funniest Edgar Allen Poe story you're likely to see...
23 March 2003 | by ghost_hackerSee all my reviews

I saw this at SxSW in 2002, not really expecting much humor since it was based on E.A. Poe's "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar." Luckily was I mistaken.

Because Daisy's (Jessica Capshaw) father is dying, her and her fiance Benjamin (Neil Patrick Harris) make one last visit to his home before he goes to the great beyond. But her father (Howard Hesseman) isn't about to go without a fight. Using a half-mad mesmerist (Jason Carter) he is going to journey to the other side while still communicating with the living. This could have easily been a bad horror flick, but the characters are so dysfunctional that it leads to some outlandish British comedy style humor.


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