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At Theaters: 1/25/2002 On Video: 6/4/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 379909
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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Based on true events, "The Mothman Prophecies" examines a series of inexplicable occurrences through the eyes and mind of one man. John Klein is a man driven to extremes to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's death - and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a town four hundred miles away.
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Suspense Thriller - An eerie and chilling story that certainly keeps your interest. This is NOT A HORROR MOVIE OR A MONSTER MOVIE! Being based on actual events makes it even more intriguing. It should appeal to anyone who enjoys movies like "The Sixth Sense" or "The Others." Younger teens and children will probably be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Richard Gere DR. T & THE WOMEN, AUTUMN IN NEW YORK
Laura Linney YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, THE TRUMAN SHOW
Will Patton REMEMBER THE TITANS, ENTRAPMENT, THE POSTMAN
Debra Messing CELEBRITY
Lucinda Jenny CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL
Alan Bates THE ENTERTAINER
Director: Mark Pellington ARLINGTON ROAD
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About the Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Rare use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some brief sexual situations and non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: A violent car crash scene.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: One big architectural collapse.
COMEDY: None.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "The Mothman Prophecies is really just classy trash, but let me offer a prophecy of my own: One day, maybe soon, director Mark Pellington is going to make a film that grips the imagination of audiences everywhere.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "The truth or fiction of the underlying story is inconsequential. This compelling motion picture offers enough mystery and suspense to keep the average viewer involved to the end.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "The Mothman is singularly ineffective as a threat because it is only vaguely glimpsed, has no nature we can understand, doesn't operate under rules that the story can focus on, and seems to be involved in space-time shifts far beyond its presumed focus.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Good "... it's a mysterious prophecy that leads to director Mark Pellington's superb climactic staging of a true-life disaster that took place decades ago. This compellingly watchable horror-spectacle redeems the movie just when its pacing is starting to slacken.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 251 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
20
High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
34
High
79%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
38
Fairly High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
46
Fairly High
91%
30+Adults (M)
51
Fairly High
80%
30+Adults (F)
62
Fairly High
76%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Ok, this is a tough one, as I thought it would be. The opinions are very mixed. Some really enjoyed it, quite a few thought it was "Good" to "Very Good" and a few disliked it. Which slot you would fit into is difficult to say.

Neither age or gender seemed to make much difference in the opinions. Moviegoers who gave opinions in the "Good/Avg." and "Fair/Ok" range also tended to mark that they would recommend the movie to select friends and many indicated that it was actually better than they had thought it would be.

The bottom line is, I don't know if you will enjoy this movie or not. But, I'm pretty sure that you will, at the very least, find it somewhat enjoyable since few truly disliked it.If you don't catch it now, be sure to rent it later to see if it's one you might enjoy.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
My wife and I enjoyed this movie, but it will be a hard one to predict who will enjoy it. First let me say THIS IS NOT A HORROR OR MONSTER MOVIE! It's more along the lines of "The Sixth Sense" or "The Others." I guess the best way to describe it is to say that it's eerie and chilling, but not really scary. It does have some suspenseful scenes that are a little scary.

If you go in knowing that this is an eerie movie where a town is trying to figure out what's going on and you try to figure it out as you go along, then I believe you will enjoy it as much as I did.

If you go expecting to see monsters or mad killers killing everyone, then you will probably be disappointed.


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When is life truly at its best? John Klein (Richard Gere), a respected Washington Post journalist at the top of his game, recognizes that moment. It comes the day he and his wife Mary (Debra Messing) are house hunting and find the place of their dreams. It's a little too big, possibly a little more than he wanted to spend, but one look from Mary tells him this is it.

Then on their joyful ride home, with a gust of wind and a passing shadow, the dream is shattered. The accident should have been avoidable. When Mary slammed on the brakes…there was nothing there. For Mary, the incident was a premonition. John puts everything on hold to be with her, but his love isn't enough to keep her alive.

While removing Mary's possessions from the hospital, John remembers her last words: "You didn't see it, did you?" Then he discovers a sketchpad covered with odd drawings, variations of the same eerie apparition. John can't understand the significance of the drawings but is haunted by the unsettling images.

A couple of years later, John's grief has settled somewhat but he is clearly a man altered by tragedy. He lives his life and performs his job in a fog, an unexplainable presence always with him. While driving one night from Washington to Richmond for an assignment, he loses his way and ends up on a deserted country highway. When his car inexplicably breaks down, he walks to a nearby farmhouse. The homeowner not only threatens John but tells him he has been waiting for him. John is baffled.

Sgt. Connie Parker (Laura Linney) arrives on the scene and apologizes for the rude reception, but divulges that the entire county is on edge due to a recent series of odd disturbances. It is only now that John realizes that he is in Point Pleasant, West Virginia -- four hundred miles from where he thought he was. It is not logically possible. But here he is. How?

His curiosity piqued, John decides to stay in Point Pleasant to explore the reports of unexplained phenomena in the town. He soon realizes that they may all be related - not just to each other, but also to the strange sketches Mary had been obsessively drawing just hours before her death. But what exactly is the connection? The events defy simple explanation and, even more disturbing, seem to predict impending disasters. Plane crashes, earthquakes… surely it must be a gruesome coincidence? The more he unravels, the more John begins to question his own sanity. Are there unknown forces behind the strange sightings? What terrible thing awaits the people of Point Pleasant? For John, it's a race against time to figure it out - and try to prevent something terrible from happening.

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