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The Dark Tower (2017)

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The last Gunslinger: Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.


Nikolaj Arcel


Akiva Goldsman (screenplay by), Jeff Pinkner (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
1,047 ( 46)
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Walter
Idris Elba ... Roland
Tom Taylor ... Jake
Dennis Haysbert ... Steven
Ben Gavin ... Soldier
Claudia Kim ... Arra
Jackie Earle Haley ... Sayre
Fran Kranz ... Pimli
Abbey Lee ... Tirana
Katheryn Winnick ... Laurie
Nicholas Pauling ... Lon
Michael Barbieri ... Timmy
José Zúñiga ... Dr. Hotchkiss (as José Zuñiga)
Nicholas Hamilton ... Lucas Hanson
Inge Beckmann ... Teacher


11-year-old Jake Chambers experiences visions involving a Man in Black who seeks to destroy a Tower and bring ruin to the Universe while a Gunslinger opposes him. However, Jake's mother, stepfather and psychiatrists dismiss these as dreams resulting from the trauma of his father's death the previous year. At his apartment home in New York City, a group of workers from an alleged psychiatric facility offer to rehabilitate Jake; recognizing them from his visions as monsters wearing human skin, he flees from the workers who give chase. Jake tracks down an abandoned house from one of his visions where he discovers a high-tech portal that leads to a post-apocalyptic world called Mid-World..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There are other worlds than these See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Torre Oscura See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,153,698, 6 August 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,701,325, 19 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,873,047, 20 August 2017
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roland sees a TV commercial with talking raccoons and asks Jake if 'animals still talk here'. This is a nod to the character Oy in the books; a talking raccoon-like creature called a Billy Bumbler who Jake befriends. See more »


While Jake is being tied up in a chair, at first he is being tied up by Tirana. In the next shot he is being tied up by a man wearing a green jacket. The shot after that we see Tirana walking away, implying that she just finished tying up the boy. See more »


Roland Deschain: I'm sworn to defend the Tower. I'll stop at nothing to defend it.
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Crazy Credits

Right at the very end of the credits, you hear the ominous whistle. See more »


References Christine (1983) See more »


Va Va Voom
Written by Levi Brown and Frank Zappa (as Junior Mintz)
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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User Reviews

Now I Want to Read the Book
7 August 2017 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

I have to be careful not to overstate this movie's grade. I have been guilty of doing that a few times immediately after a movie. Maybe the theater ambiance got to me or maybe one good scene stuck with me so I rate the entire movie based upon that. I can still say that this movie is good.

Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the antagonist, Walter, were great. Their performances were right on point. They didn't do too much nor too little.

The story was also good. This movie was based upon a Stephen King novel of the same title and King rarely swings and misses. The base premise was that of good versus evil. More specifically it was about the demon world seeking entry into the human world and the coalition of gunslinger, seer, and shiner attempting to prevent it.

There was some good action in a measured amount. Likewise, there was a small dose of comedic scenes to provide levity as there were the heavy scenes that caused the heart to pound. I enjoyed the movie and I could definitely see there being a sequel.

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