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Desperation (2006)

When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.

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Mick Garris

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Stephen King (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... John Edward Marinville
Steven Weber ... Steve Ames
Annabeth Gish ... Mary Jackson
Charles Durning ... Tom Billingsley
Matt Frewer ... Ralph Carver
Henry Thomas ... Peter Jackson
Shane Haboucha ... David Carver
Kelly Overton ... Cynthia Smith
Sylva Kelegian ... Ellie Carver
Ron Perlman ... Collie Entragian
Sammi Hanratty ... Pie Carver
Ewan Chung ... Shih
Alain Uy ... Cha'an
Trieu Tran ... Young Viet Cong
Tom Parker ... Young Johnny
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Storyline

En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Carver family is arrested for blowing out all four tires on their camper. Collie Entragian is the arresting officer, the self-made sheriff of a town called Desperation, Nevada, and the quintessential bad cop. Unbeknownst to the Carvers, Entragian regularly sniffs out passerbys on this stretch of road, and in fact has done in nearly every resident of his hometown. He can also change form and summon the help of creepy creatures, including scorpions, snakes and spiders. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

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In this town, there are no accidents. See more »


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Rated R for violence and gruesome images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Desperation See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On 10 December 2004, a set in the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) being used to film a mine collapse caught fire when the special effects department made a big mistake. Five people were injured, two of them enough to need hospitalization. The fire destroyed everything on the set, including all of the production gear and equipment, and the TCC sustained heavy water and smoke damage. The invitations to the premier screening said "the film that set Tucson on fire." See more »

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When Cynthia and Steven enter the Carver's RV, a member of the crew can be seen as the camera pans. It looks as though he is sitting on a couch and looks directly at the camera. See more »

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Collie Entragian: [looking at Peter's license] I see you're an organ donor.
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Collie Entragian: Are you sure that's wise?
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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It was going so well...
14 December 2006 | by aghosh69See all my reviews

So I am a big fan of Stephen King novels and movies alike and there is rarely a time i argue about a movie that deviates from a book. I haven't read the book before I watched the movie and still there was something very off about it. I should have been aware that Stephen King movies like to keep a low profile on the movie synopsis and it was a treat to see how well this movie started off. It was good... till the lead up to the conclusion. I couldn't help but comment on Ron Pearlman's character (and obviously the actors acting that brought the character to life. Had a good suspense and definitely an attention grabbing flow to the movie. But the ending... it seemed rushed.. there was too many questions and there was never a proper explanation (hell there was no explanation) for this... this... weird phenomena. Of course considering its something like another portal and supernatural but there was never really a very good connection between the questioning of faith in God and this bizarre incident. The ending was waay too rushed and the cool setup of "Tack" by Pearlman suddenly became a big time wuss... this movie would have made it to a 5 had it not disappointed me so much with the conclusion... Still its a movie anyone can enjoy and of course not all would find it as disappointing as I did.


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