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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)
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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.


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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:

Amite, Louisiana, USA See more »

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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Boyle was once slated to direct. 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 »

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Get It Right The First Time
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Written by David A. Terry, Christopher Cooke, Kimberly Terry, Alan Terry
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Disjointed and disappointing
25 November 2011 | by rutietootySee all my reviews

I was very excited to see this film when I heard they were making a movie based on the true events in 'the Texas killing fields'. I thought it might be reminiscent of 'Zodiac' which was superbly done (in my opinion).

I really wanted to like this movie. It has good actors, and the chance of a great storyline. Unfortunately, that did not help this movie in the least.

First of all, the storyline is confusing. It seems as if we (the audience) are dropped into the middle of a situation and forced to figure out where we are, what's going on etc...

The main characters who are the detectives- Det. Mike Souder (Sam Worthington) and Brian Heigh (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) seem to have a history together, but what it is, I have no idea. The storytelling (again) is so poor and disjointed that we (the audience) are left to ponder that situation as well. Quickly, we are also introduced to a little girl named Anne (Chloë Grace Moretz), who actually does the best acting of anyone in the entire film.

Now, I am getting myself confused just writing this review. Back to the point...I found this movie confusing, disjointed, lacking a clear direction. I could barely understand a word that came out of Sam Worthington's mouth because his fake southern accent was...criminal. ;-) The story left so many holes, no real explanations of the horrors that have and continue to go on since the 1970's. It just did not tie everything in together in a logical sense.

I saw on CBS, that the real detectives that have been working this case, hope that with the release of the movie 'The Texas Killing Fields' some new leads will come to light. After seeing this movie, I highly doubt that, which really is a shame.

Should you watch this movie? Well, I wouldn't, but I know you will be curious to see it just like I was.


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