Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There's Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his "prayer log." There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, who troll America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.
Everyone ends up in the same damned place.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for violence, bloody/disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity, and language throughout
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Did You Know?
Crucifixion is a recurring theme throughout the movie. There is a picture of Jesus on the cross hanging on the wall in Arvin's room. Arvin, Willard and Reverend Teagardin all injure their hands, recalling the stigmata. And while it wasn't common, Japanese soldiers really did crucify prisoners of war during World War II. See more
Willard's unit crest indicates he was part of the 3rd Marine Division, which only saw action in the Pacific Theater. He comes home with a German Luger pistol, although the 3rd MarDiv did not see action in Europe. See more
Four hundred or so people lived in Knockemstiff in 1957, nearly all of them connected by blood by one godforsaken calamity or another, be it lust, or necessity, or just plain ignorance.
Written by Bob Merrill
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
Published by Golden Bell Songs c/o Music & Media International, Inc.
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing See more