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Twixt (2011)

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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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Storyline

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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There are numerous similarities between Hall Baltimore and Edgar Allen Poe shown throughout the movie. 1. Hall's last name is Baltimore. Poe lived and died in Baltimore. 2. Hall drinks heavily, especially to aid his writing process. Poe was notorious for his alcoholism. 3. Both were literary figures in their time. 4. Both were known for their writing, but not respected as people. 5. Hall finds he is obsessed with 12 year old Virginia, Poe married his cousin Virginia who was only 13 years old.

For one, Hall's surname of Balitmore is also the name of the city in Maryland where Poe passed away. Both characters have a fixation with a young girl named Virginia. Whereas Hall sees her as a reminder of his daughter, Poe had married his 13 year old cousin with the same name. Both were literary figures for the time. Their work was known but neither of them were respected in their own time. Both are alchoholics. Both suffer from a form of Melancholy. See more »

Goofs

P.J.'s sitting position changes throughout the Ouija Board sequence. See more »

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[first lines]
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 The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

O Be Careful Little Eyes
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Children's Bible song
Tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Performed by Anthony Fusco and children
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A unique and bright spot in Coppola and Kilmer's filmography.
10 March 2013 | by David McGuffSee 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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