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THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES
Based on true events. It examines a series of inexplicable occurrences through the eyes - and mind - of one man, who is 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.

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES
(2001)


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This page was last updated on May 29, 2005

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About the Production
Alleged Sightings

Directed by Mark Pellington
Writing credits (WGA) John A. Keel (novel)
Richard Hatem (screenplay)

Richard Gere .... John Klein
Laura Linney .... Sgt. Connie Parker
Will Patton .... Gordon
Debra Messing .... Mary Klein
Shane Callahan .... Nat Griffin
Alan Bates .... Alexander Leek
Nesbitt Blaisdell .... Chief Josh Jarrett
Clay Bunting .... Kevin
Dan Callahan .... C.J.
David Eigenberg .... Ed Fleischman
Christin Frame .... Holly
Pete Handelman .... Aide
Lucinda Jenney .... Denise Smallwood
Ann McDonough .... Lucy Griffin

Produced by
Ted Tannenbaum .... executive producer
Richard S. Wright .... executive producer
Gary W. Goldstein .... producer
Gary Lucchesi .... producer
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
James McQuaide .... co-producer

Original music by Jeff Rona
Cinematography by Fred Murphy
Film Editing by Brian Berdan

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for terror, some sexuality and language.

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The Mothman Prophecies
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What Do You See?

Click to enlargeWhat is the mothman?
The legend of the mothman is based on actual events. The mothman is believed to be a strange bird-like creature whose presence in 1965 brought chaos to the local community in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Strange and unusual occurrences happened within the town, which culminated to the collapse of a bridge where 46 people died. Witnesses claimed to have seen the Mothman on the bridge as it collapsed. Since then, random sightings have occurred throughout the world. No one can explain the mysterious occurrences around this legend.

SYNOPSIS:

Click to enlargeBased on true events, "The Mothman Prophecies" examines a series of inexplicable occurrences through the eyes - and mind - of one man. Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton and Debra Messing star in this suspense-filled thriller about 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.

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.

Click to enlargeThen 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.

Click to enlargeA 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.

Click to enlargeSgt. 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?

Click to enlargeHis 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.

Based on the true events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, as chronicled in John Keel's book of the same title, "The Mothman Prophecies" is a Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment presentation of a Lakeshore Entertainment production. Produced by Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Gary Goldstein, "The Mothman Prophecies" is written by Richard Hatem and directed by Mark Pellington.

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Review by
MIKE FURCHES

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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66." His reviews include The Mummy Returns. Amistad, The Apostle, Armageddon, The Cell, Dr Dolittle 2, ELO -Zoom, Frequency, The Patriot, Pearl Harbor, Rush Hour 2, Shrek, Extreme Days, The Last Castle, Serendipity, Ali, Reversal, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jimmy Neutron, Mothman, Black Hawk Down

Over the years numerous supposed sightings of The Mothman have appeared. While this movie could have been a deeper exploration into the actual Mothman sightings, it is more of an exploration of letting go of grief and continuing on in the living process.

Over the years Richard Gere has been one of my favorite actors. I have learned to appreciate his talent despite the fact that I disagree with much of his personal life. This is a tribute to the actor as well as to the scripts he chooses. He is a guy who would be interesting to have a cup of coffee with and in some ways the character he plays here doesn't seem that much different than what he appears to be in real life.

The Mothman explores the alleged sightings that took place at Pointe Pleasant, West Virginia prior to the collapse of a bridge at Christmas time, which killed a number of residents in the town. The story based on the book written by John Keel of the same title takes liberties with part of the actual story and research.

Gere's character, John Klein, a newspaper reporter, has just lost his wife and is mysteriously drawn into Pointe Pleasant some months later. While there he comes across a series of unique characters including Sergeant Connie Parker played by Laura Linney and Gordon played by wonderful character actor, Will Patton. Gere's character is drawn into the lives of these individuals and as a result they help each other discover answers to questions that have been troubling each of them.

One of the disappointments of The Mothman Prophesies was its inability to draw the stories of each of the characters together. The characters, in and of themselves, are unique and interesting to watch on screen. While the movie is lacking in this particular area, it succeeds in others. In part, the general theme of the story is well played out. The need of individuals to understand their own selves and the situations that have made them who they are is a primary theme. The need to let go and continue living is also well played out by Gere.

One interesting note of the film is that we do not actually see who The Mothman is. The movie could have played much more on the horror tendencies but it is important to find out that the real horror is the aspect of living in the past and not moving forward with life. These are valuable lessons that can be transferred to those who have seen this film. There is also the underlying theme of spiritual forces portrayed through out the film. One interesting discussion could be, "Who is the Mothman?" and, "Does he represent evil or good?"

While The Mothman fell somewhat short for me, it is a film that you will think about, not so much from the perspective of who the Mothman was or is, but from the perspective of how we fight our own individual demons and difficulties.

On a scale of 1-10 The Mothman deserves an okay 5, not great but not really bad either

 
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