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A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Hall Baltimore
Bruce Dern ... Sheriff Bobby LaGrange
Elle Fanning ... V.
Ben Chaplin ... Poe
Joanne Whalley ... Denise
David Paymer ... Sam
Anthony Fusco ... Pastor Allan Floyd
Alden Ehrenreich ... Flamingo
Bruce A. Miroglio Bruce A. Miroglio ... Deputy Arbus
Don Novello ... Melvin
Lisa Bailes Lisa Bailes ... Ruth
Ryan Simpkins ... Caroline
Lucas Rice Jordan Lucas Rice Jordan ... P.J.
Fiona Medaris Fiona Medaris ... Vicky
Katie Crom Katie Crom ... Circe
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A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated. Written by Production

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Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Twixt Now and Sunrise See more »

Filming Locations:

Clearlake, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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American Zoetrope See more »
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DTS (5.1)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Jonathan, the boy who played the chubby orphan, was almost kicked off set by Coppola for being "too squirmy". See more »

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In the newspaper clippings folder, the clipping from "The Press" (revealing the "Devil lives in the clock tower" angle) shows an ad for a motel on the left side of the page. In that page a car is shown, a 1957 Ford. In the next clipping shown, another variation on the "Devil in the clock tower" angle on the children's murders, shows the date of the newspaper, from 1955. Unless this paper was still churning the Devil in the tower angle, and the children's murder was still front page above the fold news (dubious), the car shown didn't exist until two years after the murder/newspaper story. See more »

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Narrator: There was, once upon a time, a town not far from a big city. A road ran through, but there were only a few businesses. A coffee shop, a hardware store, a sheriff's office. And all kinds of people. Vagrants, run away teens, religious fanatics, retired seniors who, well, it was a town of those who wanted to be left alone. And so they were.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Never Underestimate a Woman's Touch
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From "Calamity Jane"
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Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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A unique and bright spot in Coppola and Kilmer's filmography.
10 March 2013 | by almightydavidbc27See all my reviews

This is Coppola cum David Lynch. In fact, if this were directed by Lynch it would be hailed as a return to form from the master of the surreal, however Coppola can't seem to catch a break. I've been a big fan of his revitalized art-house film making, admiring Youth Without Youth, and really loving Tetro. Here he continues the trend with a surreal film right up the Twin Peaks alley. It is gorgeously shot, the dream sequences are visually astounding, Coppola playing with blacks and whites, and touches of vivid color, providing a lucid experience. What's more is that this is an extremely personal film for Coppola, with themes of selling out as an artist, losing a child, and confronting failure. It has some great acting, providing Val Kilmer with is first decent role since Felon, and much to his own surprise, he still has it. He is in turns funny, but also hopeless and adrift. Drunk, tired, and distracted as the bargain basement Stephen King. When he roles into town to sign books at a hardware store, the local sheriff ropes him into the haunted towns history. Through a series of strange experiences, and lucid fever dreams (a drunken dream inspired the film) he uncovers the dark secrets of the town, meets Poe, and confronts his long buried feelings. It's a pleasure to watch something so pulpy, abstract, and full of atmosphere.


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