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The Return (2006)

Joanna Mills, a traveling business woman, begins having nightmares of a murder that occurred 15 years ago. Soon she is drawn to an old farmhouse, where the murder took place.

Director:

Asif Kapadia

Writer:

Adam Sussman

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Joanna Mills
Peter O'Brien ... Terry Stahl
Adam Scott ... Kurt
Kate Beahan ... Michelle
Sam Shepard ... Ed Mills
J.C. MacKenzie ... Griff / Young Griff
Erinn Allison ... Annie
Darrian McClanahan ... Young Joanna Mills
Wally Welch ... Snack Stand Vendor
Frank Ertl ... Ambrose Miller
Brad Leland ... Mr. Marlin
Bonnie Gallup Bonnie Gallup ... Bella
Brent Smiga ... Higgins
Robert Wilson Robert Wilson ... Billy
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Storyline

The restless sales representative of a transport company Joanna Mills travels from Saint Louis to Texas in a business trip. She is haunted by violent visions and after meeting her client, she visits her lonely father. On the next morning, she decides to visit La Salle, a small town where she has never been before, but she had recollections of many locations. She lodges in a hotel and later she meets and is befriended by the local widower Terry Stahl, who helps her from an aggression. Her daydreams and nightmares increase and she becomes obsessed for disclosing the truth about her visions of a brutal murder of a woman in a barn. Along her investigation, Joanna gets close to the killer and feels that her life is in danger. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The past never dies. It kills. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolver See more »

Filming Locations:

Granger, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,479,621, 12 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,749,851, 14 December 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,987,890, 29 March 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Asif Kapadia's American debut film. See more »

Goofs

When Joanna drives through the salt flat of Texas, the shot has been reversed. Most notably, Guadalupe Peak in the background is inverted. See more »

Quotes

Michelle: Your tiring your self, you cant stand still for 2 seconds.
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Crazy Credits

When the credits first start to roll, everyones name's turn and blur away to the next name which does the same. This represents the characters Joanna and Annie and how they co-existed in the same body. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Roses from the South
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Arranged and Performed by Patrick J. Donaghy & Louis Bilton
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Korean cinema feel with redneck creepiness
31 January 2007 | by pmq1404See all my reviews

The Return is an effectively suspenseful psychological thriller and not the standard type of horror movie that the trailer implies. It has the feel of Korean cinema with redneck overtones, which add to the overall vibe. Many reviews have complained that there are'nt any jump scares and the story evolves slowly, but that makes the uneasiness all the more effective. Please don't let the misleading trailer cloud your judgement. Immerse yourself in the story and you'll appreciate this film. The cast do a great job, especially Sarah Michelle Gellar who, as always gives a believability to the character of Joanna and creates a vulnerable person that can be easily empathised with. A movie that should be seen more than once and that, in time, will be given the accolades that it deserves.


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