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Seraphim Falls (2006)

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At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge.

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David Von Ancken
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Carver
Pierce Brosnan ... Gideon
Michael Wincott ... Hayes
Xander Berkeley ... Railcrew Foreman
Ed Lauter ... Parsons
Tom Noonan ... Minister Abraham
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Henry
John Robinson ... Kid
Anjelica Huston ... Madame Louise
Angie Harmon ... Rose
Robert Baker ... Pope
Wes Studi ... Charon (as Wes Studie)
Jimmi Simpson ... Big Brother
James Jordan ... Little Brother
Nate Mooney ... Cousin Bill
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Storyline

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never turn your back on the past. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2007 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Angelski slapovi See more »

Filming Locations:

Pirtleville, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,560, 28 January 2007

Gross USA:

$418,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$778,011
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Icon Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Xander Berkeley is an American who plays an Irishman. Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan are Irishmen who play Americans. Anjelica Huston lived in Ireland for a lot of her youth, and holds Irish citizenship. See more »

Goofs

When Carver arrives at the railroad camp and is talking to the foreman, the position of his horse varies depending upon whether it is a close shot (horse is directly behind Carver) or a longer shot (horse is off to Carver's right). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hayes: Well, we definitely got I'm. I wouldn't say gut shot, but got 'im pretty good.
Pope: He didn't even take his rifle. Horse run off though.
Hayes: It's cleared up some. Why don't we get a move on.
Carver: Let him bleed...
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Connections

Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Seraphim Falls (2009) See more »

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Stacked Them Up in Piles
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Arrangement by Jim Taylor
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Intelligently-made western a refreshing surprise
17 July 2007 | by WhythorneSee all my reviews

I rented this film without ever hearing of it before, and was pleasantly surprised...something which is becoming more and more rare in my movie renting experience.

This gritty, untypical western appealed to me on a number of different levels. The unusual casting of Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan intrigued me, their film presence was an enhancement without being a distraction to the film. The story was complex and minimalist at the same time, sometimes combining ultra-real and surreal elements. The cinematography is straightforward and beautiful, and a welcome relief from the jiggly camera technique, colorization, and other "contemporary" gimmicks that all too often nowadays cause technique and style to become a major distraction with the story being told. Thank goodness there are still directors that believe in having movies being filmed this way!

While the story grabs your attention from the very beginning and moves quickly, it takes its time in revealing who the characters are, and what are their motivations and the demons they are dealing with.

If you watch this with a preconceived notion of what a western should be, a la John Ford, Howard Hawks, etc. you may be disappointed, as some reviewers here obviously have been. I myself found this intelligent western - that is a little offbeat, with an element of mystery, and not always clearly defined bad guys and good guys - a refreshing change of pace from the racks of slasher film sequels, lame comedies, and Jennifer Aniston vehicles at the video store.


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