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The Mist (2007)

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A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writers:

Frank Darabont (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... David Drayton
Marcia Gay Harden ... Mrs. Carmody
Laurie Holden ... Amanda Dunfrey
Andre Braugher ... Brent Norton
Toby Jones ... Ollie Weeks
William Sadler ... Jim
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dan Miller
Frances Sternhagen ... Irene Reppler
Nathan Gamble ... Billy Drayton
Alexa Davalos ... Sally
Chris Owen ... Norm
Sam Witwer ... Private Jessup
Robert C. Treveiler ... Bud Brown (as Robert Treveiler)
David Jensen ... Myron
Melissa McBride ... Woman With Kids at Home
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Storyline

The Draytons - David, Steff and their son Billy - live in a small Maine town. One night a ferocious storm hits the area, damaging their house. The storm is accompanied by a strange mist the following morning. David and Billy and their neighbour Brent Norton go into town and find themselves trapped in a grocery store with several other people. There they discover that the mist contains something frightening and intent on killing humans. Written by grantss

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Belief divides them, mystery surrounds Them, but fear changes everything See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, terror and gore, and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Mist See more »

Filming Locations:

Minden, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,931,973, 24 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,593,755
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

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Color | Black and White (Director's Cut)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Denise Huth, co-producer for this film, is currently co-executive producer for The Walking Dead (2016). See more »

Goofs

After the bagboy is killed, the store generator is shut off. Yet when David is recounting the incident to the gathered shoppers, the overhead lights are on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Drayton: Whoa!
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The end credits begin as the song at the end of the film fades out. As the end credits roll up the screen, the sounds of military vehicles (helicopters, tanks, APCs, etc.) can be heard over the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

In two little Scenes the German/European-Version of the film is longer than the US-Version. See more »

Connections

References Distant Drums (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The Vicious Blues
from Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Written by Mark Isham
Courtesy of Miramax Film Corp.
Under license from the Disney Music Group / New Line Productions, Inc. / Alan Rudolph and The Estate of Robert B. Altman
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Wonderful, horrific, twisted and shocking
28 July 2008 | by seawalkerSee all my reviews

Pop quiz. Tell me, what do you consider to be the most successful Stephen King adaptation, made for film or television? "Carrie"? "The Dead Zone"? "Salem's Lot"? "Stand By Me"? No! Not "Maximum Overdrive"!! (And if that is your choice, may God forgive you, because I won't.)

All of the above, except "Maximium Overdrive" of course, are great pieces of work. But my choice as the benchmark Stephen King adaptation would probably be "The Shawshank Redemption", directed by Frank Darabont.

Stephen King has been very good for Frank Darabont. "The Shawshank Redemption" has become a modern classic and "The Green Mile" was nearly as good. I am glad to say that "The Mist" is nearly as good again.

"The Mist" is a great film, perfectly structured, but a film that requires patience. It is a film of the slow build and of a gradual getting to know the characters, their obsessions, their fears and prejudices. It was nice to see a King horror film where his great talent of touching on the reality of a small town, has been exploited. It makes it all the more horrific when all hell does break loose, because the people who are getting hurt are ones that you know.

Thomas Jane is faintly wooden. Personally I would not have cast him, but all of the other performances are top notch. Marcia Gay Harden's possibly psychotic, fundamental Christian, Toby Jones' short, pudgy, perfectly ordinary hero, Andre Braugher's uptight, big city lawyer and William Sadler's scared, malleable blue collar worker. All excellent.

"The Mist" is not "The Shawshank Redemption" in one crucial way. Whereas "The Shawshank Redemption" was about hope and life, "The Mist" is about hopelessness and death. One thing that they have in common is an astonishing ending. The ending of "The Mist" is wonderful, horrific, twisted and shocking. Not anything that I saw coming.

"The Mist" is marvellous. Must see.


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