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Dark Places (2015)

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Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Gilles Paquet-Brenner (written for the screen by), Gillian Flynn (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Libby Day
Sterling Jerins ... Young Libby Day
Nicholas Hoult ... Lyle Wirth
Christina Hendricks ... Patty Day
Corey Stoll ... Ben Day
Tye Sheridan ... Young Ben Day
Andrea Roth ... Diondra
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Young Diondra
Sean Bridgers ... Runner Day
J. LaRose ... Trey Teepano (as J LaRose)
Shannon Kook ... Young Trey Teepano
Jennifer Pierce Mathus ... Diane
Natalie Precht ... Michelle Day
Madison McGuire ... Debby Day
Lori Z. Cordova ... Magda
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Storyline

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In 1985, her entire family was murdered. 30 years later, the truth emerges.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence, language, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lugares oscuros See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$208,588, 31 December 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,090,852, 14 December 2016
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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2.35 : 1
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Charlize Theron and Corey Stoll previously worked together in the film North Country, where the played coworkers. In Dark Places, they play siblings. See more »

Goofs

During a scene at young Diondra's (Chloë Grace Moretz) house, where she and young Ben Day (Tye Sheridan) have sex and talk about her pregnancy, Moretz smokes a lit cigarette, visibly inhales, but no smoke exits her mouth when she exhales, breathes, talks, or while taking several more drags from the lit cigarette. See more »

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Libby Day: I am, I guess, depressed. I guess I've been depressed for about twenty-four years. I can feel a better version of me somewhere in there - hidden behind a liver or attached to a bit of spleen within my stunted, childish body - a Libby that's telling me to get up, do something, grow up, move on. But the meanness usually wins out.
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Featured in Dark Places: About the Author: Gillian Flynn (2015) See more »

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Taking Care of Joey
Written and Performed by Jess Bailey
Courtesy of CEG Rights B.V.
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A captivating film
13 August 2015 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a woman whose mother and her two sisters were murdered on their farm at night. Her brother is convicted of murdering the three family members. She gets contacted by a club that is intrigued by mysterious murders, and she is forced to confront her multilayered traumatic past.

"Dark Places" is a truly haunting drama that keeps me captivated thoroughly. Viewers are lead to believe from the beginning that there is something Libby is not completely honest about. As more of the past is revealed in flashbacks, and even more of the past is unravelled through various interviews, the shocking truth is finally revealed. The ending is very poignant. I really feel for Libby and Ben, who have squandered almost thirty years away. They could have lived and loved, but they let naïveté get in the way big time. I do hope more people will watch this film. I think it's very well done, and it leaves me wondering all the would haves and could haves in the plot.


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