A boy haunted by visions of a dark tower from a parallel reality teams up with the tower's disillusioned guardian to stop an evil warlock known as the Man in Black who plans to use the boy to destroy the tower and open the gates of Hell.


Nikolaj Arcel


Akiva Goldsman (screenplay by), Jeff Pinkner (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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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..

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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 »

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Did You Know?


Based on Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series of novels, which was inspired in part by Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came." The title of Browning's poem was a line in William Shakespeare's King Lear, and is believed to be the opening line of a now-lost heroic epic poem. See more »


Before Roland holds Jake over the cliff, the T-shirt on Jake is sweaty around the front of the neck. When he is being held over the cliff, the T-shirt is clean. After Roland releases Jake and he is back on level ground, the T-shirt is back to being sweaty. See more »


[from trailer]
Man in Black: You really think you can stop me, gunslinger?
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Crazy Credits

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


Buscando Un Nuevo Amor
Written by Gustavo Thompson and Danny Richard Osuna
Performed by Todo Cien
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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The Dark Tower: Weakest King adaptation by far
22 October 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Truth be told though not terrible I've never been a fan of The Dark Tower books, I've read 5/7 and though being a huge Stephen King fan I could never seem to get into them.

Upon hearing that The Dark Tower was being turned into a feature movie however I was quite excited, until I heard the casting........until I saw the writer.....and until I saw the trailer. My expectations crumbled and I felt so bad for any real fans of the franchise.

Not only is The Dark Tower not loyal but I've never seen something encapsulate Hollywood so fiercely.

Let's break it down. We have the dark brooding hero (Who wields Excalibur no less) versus a charismatic villain. The good guy is protecting a child who is key to everything and the bad guy has lots of generic monstrous minions to do his bidding? Sound even remotely original?

Top that off with all your usual clichés, Hollywood tropes and 90 minute runtime and you have a seven book epic compacted beyond belief and smeared with cinematic "Magic"

I wanted to like this, I wanted to be proved wrong but this is the biggest mess since Death Note (2017)

The Good:

McConaughey is great

The Bad:

Not even remotely loyal to the books

Too "Hollywood"

Very anti-climatic

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Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,153,698, 6 August 2017

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