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Texas Killing Fields (2011)

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In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Director:

Ami Canaan Mann

Writer:

Don Ferrarone (as Donald F. Ferrarone)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Worthington ... Mike Souder
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Brian Heigh
Jessica Chastain ... Pam Stall
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Little Ann Sliger
Jason Clarke ... Rule
Annabeth Gish ... Gwen Heigh
Sheryl Lee ... Lucie Sliger
Stephen Graham ... Rhino
Corie Berkemeyer Corie Berkemeyer ... Shauna Kittredge
Trenton Perez Trenton Perez ... White Kid (as Trenton Ryan Perez)
Maureen Brennan ... Mrs. Kittredge (as Maureen A. Brennan)
Tony Bentley ... Captain Bender
Becky Fly ... Neighbor
James Landry Hébert ... Eugene (as James Hébert)
John Neisler ... DPS Officer
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Storyline

Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'. Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Ann goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.

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Once in... There's no way out.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fields See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,772, 16 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,282, 13 November 2011
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke would later appear together in Lawless and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). See more »

Goofs

Detective Mike Souder's AR-15 does not have a rear sight. No law enforcement officer would ever carry a rifle in this configuration as it makes the gun almost impossible to aim. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dispatcher: 7-Ida-06 over at Hal's Tire Shop. There's been a break-in.
Det. Mike Souder: 06 en route to the tire shop...
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Your Eyes
Composed by Patrick Ferris
Performed and arranged by The Americans
Additional Vocals by Ami Canaan Mann
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Underutilisation of a great cast.
26 November 2011 | by thefilthpigSee all my reviews

With a great cast list, I jumped at this film with enthusiasm. This was met with a complete underutilisation of some of my favourite actors. For what it was Jeffrey Dean Morgan played his limited role well, Sam Worthing over acted his role making him less convincing and Chloe Moretz was vastly underused.

The plot is difficult to follow and some scenes seem completely unnecessary and others feel as though there needs to be more detail. The story overall suffers from a lack of telling and too much showing. The main plot itself was rather predicable and ultimately let me shaking my head in disapproval. Putting this aside there were some parts of the film that made it interesting and the overall story was good in premise.

I suppose I don't want to hate this film, because it has so much potential. It left me feeling disappointed, but as a point of reference of something done badly that could be brilliant, this is the perfect case.


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