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Texas Killing Fields (2011)

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  • Genre: Crime | Drama | History | Thriller
  • Release Date: 14 October 2011 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: USA:105 min
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  • IMDb page: Texas Killing Fields (2011)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 4,080 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | History | Thriller
  • Release Date: 14 October 2011 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: USA:105 min
  • Filming Location: Amite, Louisiana, USA
  • Gross: $45,282(USA)(13 November 2011)
  • Director: Ami Canaan Mann
  • Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Original Music By: Dickon Hinchliffe   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Car Chase | Inspired By True Events | n Word | Multiple Murders | Torture Murder

Writing Credits By:

  • Don Ferrarone (written by) (as Donald F. Ferrarone)

Known Trivia

  • This film marks the second pairing of Jessica Chastain with Sam Worthington in two films released during same summer of 2011 period.
  • In preparation for their roles, Sheryl Lee and ChloĆ« Grace Moretz spent time in a rehabilitation center for drug addicts.

Plot: In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders. Full summary » |  »

Story: Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'. Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Bill Block known as executive producer
  • A. John A. Bryan Jr. known as executive producer (as Anthony J.A. Bryan Jr.)
  • Don Ferrarone known as associate producer (as Donald F. Ferrarone)
  • Paul Hanson known as executive producer
  • Michael Jaffe known as producer
  • Andrew Mann known as co-producer
  • Michael Mann known as producer
  • Travis Mann known as co-producer
  • Michael Ohoven known as executive producer
  • Ethan Smith known as executive producer
  • Justin Thomson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Sam Worthington known as Mike Souder
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan known as Brian Heigh
  • Chloë Grace Moretz known as Little Ann Sliger
  • Corie Berkemeyer known as Shauna Kittredge
  • Trenton Perez known as White Kid (as Trenton Ryan Perez)
  • Maureen Brennan known as Mrs. Kittredge (as Maureen A. Brennan)
  • Tony Bentley known as Captain Bender
  • Becky Fly known as Neighbor
  • Sheryl Lee known as Lucie Sliger
  • James Hébert known as Eugene
  • Stephen Graham known as Rhino
  • Jessica Chastain known as Pam Stall
  • John Neisler known as DPS Officer
  • Annabeth Gish known as Gwen Heigh
  • Deneen Tyler known as Lady Worm
  • Samantha Beaulieu known as Sheila
  • Kelvin Payton known as Congregation 1
  • Ron Flagge known as Congregation 2
  • Jason Clarke known as Rule
  • Jon Eyez known as Levon
  • Joseph Meissner known as Uniformed Cop
  • Russell M. Haeuser known as Foreman
  • Joe Chrest known as Salter
  • Tom Druilhet known as Uniformed Officer 1
  • Tatelyn Galentine known as Jump Rope Girl (as Tatelyn Ione Galentine)
  • Donna Duplantier known as Riba
  • Jade Raford known as Shelter Girl 1
  • Cassidy Smith known as Shelter Girl 2
  • Leanne Cochran known as Lila
  • Leah Elizabeth Sanchez known as Lila's Daughter
  • Jen Kober known as 911 Operator
  • Ryan Reinike known as 911 Supervisor
  • Wayne Ferrara known as Canine Officer
  • Lyle Brocato known as Jim
  • Kerry Cahill known as Carla Romer
  • Kirk Bovill known as Boyfriend
  • Jason Mitchell known as 7-Eleven Cashier
  • Lenore Banks known as Haddie
  • Coryn Elizabeth Cunningham known as Elizabeth Heigh (as Coryn Cunningham)
  • Sean Michael Cunningham known as Billy Heigh (as Sean Cunningham)
  • Seth William Cunningham known as Tim Heigh (as Seth Cunningham)
  • Brayden Turner-Iuso known as Young Boy
  • Anastasia Boissier known as Girl at Vigil
  • Doc Whitney known as Constable Rankin (as Richard 'Doc' Whitney)
  • Brian Duffy known as Flannel Shirt Poacher
  • Tom Proctor known as Poacher 2 (as Tom E. Proctor)
  • Brittney Diez known as Store Clerk
  • Mark Adam known as Surveillance Detective 1
  • John A. Stassi known as Surveillance Detective 2
  • Jim Chimento known as Radio Operator
  • David Pressly known as Medic
  • Blake Balu known as Man Waiting for Detective (uncredited)
  • Austin O'Mary known as Student (uncredited)
  • Logan Douglas Smith known as Texas City Police Patrolman (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Nikki I Brown known as makeup artist
  • Stacy Kelly known as makeup department head
  • Yolanda Mercadel known as key hair stylist
  • Kent Richard known as additional hair
  • Donna Spahn known as hair department head
  • Aimee Stuit known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Brian Becnel known as set dresser
  • John Blanchard known as construction foreman
  • Carl Counts known as art department coordinator
  • Delaney Davis known as art department assistant
  • Delaney Davis known as set designer
  • Jack Flynn known as construction buyer
  • Gregory T. Geniusz known as set dresser
  • Mike Herriage known as on-set greensman
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
  • Kami Laprade known as assistant property master
  • Ernest J. Levron III known as on-set greensman
  • Cynthia Nibler known as property master
  • Pat A. O'Connor known as leadman
  • Pavel Pesta known as scenic charge
  • Niquan Riley known as props
  • Jason Baldwin Stewart known as assistant art director (as Jason E. Baldwin)
  • Chuck Stringer known as construction coordinator
  • Charles Tatum known as construction utility
  • Stephen Turner known as set dresser
  • Bill Walters known as on-set dresser
  • Chris Whittaker known as set dresser
  • Darry Young known as set decoration buyer
  • Niko Zahlten known as set dresser

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Anchor Bay Films (presents)
  • Blue Light
  • Infinity Media (in association with)
  • Block / Hanson
  • Watley Entertainment
  • Forward Pass
  • Gideon Productions (copyright holder)
  • QED International

Other Companies:

  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Ives Office Supplies  office supplies
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • Panavision Remote Systems  Supertechno cranes provided by
  • Paskal Lighting  grip and lighting equipment
  • Post Haste Sound  commentary recording engineering
  • R.C. Baral & Company  post production accounting
  • Second Line Stages  production offices
  • Silver Screen Supply  production supplies
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment

Distributors:

  • QED International (2011) (worldwide) (all media) (sales)
  • Anchor Bay Films (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • MEED Films (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Midship (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Film Distributors (2012) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Starway Film Distribution (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2012) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Aurum Distribution (2011) (Estonia) (all media)
  • Aurum Distribution (2011) (Latvia) (all media)
  • Golden Scene (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Golden Scene (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2011) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2011) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Maldives) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Sri Lanka) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • Italy 9 September 2011 (Venice Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 1 October 2011 (Zurich Film Festival)
  • Ireland 14 October 2011
  • UK 14 October 2011
  • USA 14 October 2011 (limited)
  • Netherlands 3 November 2011 (Amsterdam Film Week)
  • Thailand 3 November 2011
  • Brazil 9 November 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 24 November 2011
  • Croatia 1 December 2011
  • Netherlands 1 December 2011
  • Estonia 9 December 2011
  • Sweden 21 December 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Belgium 28 December 2011
  • France 28 December 2011
  • Hong Kong 5 January 2012
  • Hungary 12 January 2012
  • Japan 14 April 2012
  • Portugal 26 April 2012

MPAA: Rated R for violence and language including some sexual references

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. thefilthpig from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    With a great cast list, I jumped at this film with enthusiasm. This wasmet with a complete underutilisation of some of my favourite actors.For what it was Jeffrey Dean Morgan played his limited role well, SamWorthing over acted his role making him less convincing and ChloeMoretz was vastly underused.

    The plot is difficult to follow and some scenes seem completelyunnecessary and others feel as though there needs to be more detail.The story overall suffers from a lack of telling and too much showing.The main plot itself was rather predicable and ultimately let meshaking my head in disapproval. Putting this aside there were someparts of the film that made it interesting and the overall story wasgood in premise.

    I suppose I don't want to hate this film, because it has so muchpotential. It left me feeling disappointed, but as a point of referenceof something done badly that could be brilliant, this is the perfectcase.

  2. rutietooty from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    I was very excited to see this film when I heard they were making amovie based on the true events in 'the Texas killing fields'. I thoughtit might be reminiscent of 'Zodiac' which was superbly done (in myopinion).

    I really wanted to like this movie. It has good actors, and the chanceof a great storyline. Unfortunately, that did not help this movie inthe least.

    First of all, the storyline is confusing. It seems as if we (theaudience) are dropped into the middle of a situation and forced tofigure out where we are, what's going on etc…

    The main characters who are the detectives- Det. Mike Souder (SamWorthington) and Brian Heigh (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) seem to have ahistory together, but what it is, I have no idea. The storytelling(again) is so poor and disjointed that we (the audience) are left toponder that situation as well. Quickly, we are also introduced to alittle girl named Anne (Chloë Grace Moretz), who actually does the bestacting of anyone in the entire film.

    Now, I am getting myself confused just writing this review. Back to thepoint…I found this movie confusing, disjointed, lacking a cleardirection. I could barely understand a word that came out of SamWorthington's mouth because his fake southern accent was…criminal.;-) The story left so many holes, no real explanations of the horrorsthat have and continue to go on since the 1970's. It just did not tieeverything in together in a logical sense.

    I saw on CBS, that the real detectives that have been working thiscase, hope that with the release of the movie 'The Texas KillingFields' some new leads will come to light. After seeing this movie, Ihighly doubt that, which really is a shame.

    Should you watch this movie? Well, I wouldn't, but I know you will becurious to see it just like I was.

  3. shanksinha from India
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    It's difficult to understand why this film was made. And I don't meanthat as a commentary on the overall quality of the movie at all. Yes itis a pretty straightforward serial killer/crime drama containingaverage (and some below average) piece of acting. At the end of themovie however, the question remains, why was this made? If the purposewas to introduce us to the geography of the fields, there are bettermediums to do that. If the purpose was to tell a gripping tale ofmystery and suspense, that doesn't happen either. If it wanted to makeus empathize with the very real plight of detective work in grimeveryday condition, it doesn't go there. And lastly if the purpose wasto throw some light on the case itself or to enable us to identify withthe horrors that the victims faced, the movie simply ignores it. So,why was this film made? The story is told listlessly, almost as if thedirector has no interest in telling it. Sam Worthington is a cliché ofhothead cop characters and the good cop bad cop routine he plays outwith Jeffery Dean Morgan adds nothing to the cinematic experience. Thecharacter of Chloë Grace Moretz tries too hard to portray the rolewritten for in the script. At the end she comes out as irritating,something I am sure the director did not intended to portray. It's nother fault though, her skill is flawless, she simply doesn't know whatshe is doing and why. Jessica Chastain looks beautiful and handles herlimited role quiet well. That is not to say that this film is bad, itis just so average in everything it does that it all boils down to thepurpose of making it.

  4. Gladys_Pym from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    OK.

    Mumbling, yes. about as much as Run Baby Run. Archetypal characters,well, tick, but then this is the US.

    Personally, I liked it. I didn't expect to, but it was OK. They did a'Coen brothers-y' thing, not really explaining the back story.

    OK. Maybe the two male leads have similar attitudes to women and totheir abusers as I do, so maybe that biases me, but I don't thinkthat's all.

    I think this has a body. Brains, guts, and a spine. The minor parts arewell cast and directed, and the three leads rock.

    I'm a bit surprised how slated this has been on IMDb.

    I liked it, OK? So sue me….

  5. mistersifuentes from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    This film might not ever find its audience but that doesn't mean itwasn't a great film. There was something so unnerving about this film.It had its flaws but that was overlapped by an amazing cast and acting.Disregard the negative reviews and give it a chance if you want a crimethriller with deep. Sam Worthington's performance was intense. Hebought an underlining perspective to his role. A character bonded bythis upbringing and an intuition about the nature of "The KillingFields". Even if the film was only loosely based on the book it stillgave a horrific tale of a place where nothing grows. Not sure whathappened with Danny Boyle. Not even sure if he would have brought muchto this particular story. He is still one of my favorite directors butthis would have been a disaster.

  6. Perry Bee from On a distant star
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    I was sort of hanging for this film, great cast, story line that canmake for great viewing, and I like the setting of the story as well.And after another lackluster year when it comes to entertainment on thebig screen, I thought this could be great!

    Well sadly to say it is messy, when it comes to this kind of cop film,you need direction, some one that can tell the story at a good pace,connect all the dots, get you engrossed in the mood of the film, makeyou sit and wait for more clues and so on, but this film lacks all ofthat.

    Sure the acting is solid, but I expected that with the good cast, butit just does not flow at a good pace, it jumps over some dots thatshould be connected to make you feel you are part of the characters,and that's where this film is messy, hence my score of 5, sort of sitsin the middle.

    Nothing special, but not bad either, 5 out of 5 for this one.

  7. alex-2261 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    Dark, but a truthful portrait of a culture of violence against women.Beautifully shot and acted. May be too difficult of your averageviewer….but those with an appreciation for cinema will not regretmaking sure they see this. Ami Mann shows that talent runs in thefamily…though this is probably better than anything her father everdid.The story is loosely based on a series of killings in a corner ofthe Texas oil fields. The plot is not the essential feature however,but the characters and the sense of a culture….much like No Countryfor Old Men. Worthington has never been this convincing, and the samefor Chastain. But all the minor roles are astoundingly well cast andacted. Again, probably not for everyone, but this is the sort of darknoir that US directors have stopped making.

  8. gavin6942 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a copfrom New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

    The casting on this film is perfect — Sam Worthington, Jeffrey DeanMorgan and the flawless Chloe Moretz. The directing and cinematographyare great, with the dark, gritty feel that one would expect from yourbetter serial killer films. And the story, despite being disjointed, isa pretty good one.

    That being said, I have a major problem with this film — it isfiction. My understanding is that the police involved with the realcase were hoping this film would promote the true unsolved murders inthe "Texas killing fields". Well, I am sure they must be disappointed.The story is fake, the solution is fake… they even changed the nameof the city.

    Now, here is the thing… if you are going to call this film "TexasKilling Fields" and then make it about nothing related to the case, theleast you can do is put a featurette on the DVD. I know two formerdetectives who are willing to talk about the case. I know some familymembers of victims who have a story to tell. If one of the goals was topromote the real case (in order to get it solved), the people behindthis movie did not do even the most basic of things to accomplish thisgoal.

    If I pretend that this movie was not very loosely based on a truestory, I can be more praising. Like I said, it looks great and the castis phenomenal. Moretz never fails to impress, and I think Morgan shouldbe an A-lister in the world of Hollywood. He impressed me in "TheResident" and again here.

    While I have not read other reviews, I suspect there is a running themeto talk about the director's father, maybe saying things like "being inhis shadow". I hope these sort of comments are few and far between. AmiMann holds her own, and whether she was a famous director's daughter ornot, she has the skills and is blazing her own trail.

  9. Anonreveiwer
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    Let me start by saying this movie isn't perfect. However, seven starsout of a possible ten is still extremely good.

    Their isn't any glaring flaws with the film, it's just not worthy of aten. Clohe Grace Moretz, whilst I'm aware of her fantastic acting inthe past, fails to grasp me like she did in previous films such as LetMe In. Don't get me wrong, she's okay. She just doesn't really doanything to blow me away and their's a few scenes in which it appearsshe tries just that tad too hard. Basically, she's not bad, definitelynot. She just never seems to really put full heart in her performance.However, perhaps i'm being too harsh. Her character was supposedly onewith some homeward problems, so maybe thats the way she thought toportray them. There's also a few silly parts that I won't go intodetail with but i'm sure when you see it you'll be able to pick themout.

    The real talent here, however, is with Sam Worthington, Jeffery DeanMorgan and Stephan Graham. Worthington and Morgan pull off some amazingchemistry together showing signs of true partnership and friendshipthat is often absent in other crime thrillers. They are boththree-dimensional, citing likable traits with a mixture of glaringcharacter flaws which just helps the film flow far more realisticallyand engaging. I can't really go into detail as to why Graham was sogreat in fear of any spoilers but trust me, by the end of the filmyou'll be searching through his flawless filmography.

    The plot was interesting and in some places startling giving theperfect recipe for a satisfactory crime-thriller. It doesn't offeranything new to the genre but that's not exactly a bad thing.

    Overall, Texas Killing Fields is gritty, disturbing and in some places,frightening. However, it is these three traits that make the film sogreat. Whilst it won't blow you away, it's definitely worthy of awatch.

  10. Eric Olsder from Netherlands
    29 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

    I was looking forward to the movie for some time. Knowing the actors Iexpected a good performance and a good story.

    But this hope was quick gone. The characters are difficult to follow,who they are and what they do.

    The detective Mike Souder (Sam Worthington) and Brian Heigh (JeffreyDean Morgan)know another and there is something between them but you donot know what that is. This goes as well for all the other actors theydo not have any story or personality and that makes them not at allinteresting.

    It is like a car accident you know it is not that good but every timeyou just want to know more and your deceived again and again.

    The acting is great but is not able to lift up the lite and not verywell constructed story.

    At the end your lost in the story, characters are totally uninterestingand you know when you are done with the movie that you could have spendyour time differently.

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