In the Electric Mist

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Overview

A detective tracking a serial killer who preys on young women finds his investigation complicated by a glamorous Hollywood starlet and a ruthless crime kingpin in director Bertrand Tavernier's adaptation of the James Lee Burke novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead. Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski, and Tommy Lee Jones collaborate on the screenplay for the film, which stars Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ned Beatty, and Tom Sizemore.
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Overview

A detective tracking a serial killer who preys on young women finds his investigation complicated by a glamorous Hollywood starlet and a ruthless crime kingpin in director Bertrand Tavernier's adaptation of the James Lee Burke novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead. Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski, and Tommy Lee Jones collaborate on the screenplay for the film, which stars Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ned Beatty, and Tom Sizemore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • UPC: 014381535723
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,475

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones , Det. Dave Robicheaux
John Goodman , "Baby Feet" Balboni
Peter Sarsgaard , Elrod T. Sykes
Ned Beatty , Twinky Lemoyne
Mary Steenburgen Bootsie
Tom Sizemore
Levon Helm , General John Bell Hood
Kelly MacDonald Kelly Drummond
Buddy Guy Sam "Hogman" Patin
Justina Machado Rosie Gomez
James Gammon Ben Hebert
Pruitt Taylor Vince Lou Girard
Bernard Hocke Murphy Doucet
Walter Breaux Batist
Julio Cedillo Cholo Manelli
John Sayles Michael Goldman
Alana Locke Alafair
Technical Credits
Bertrand Tavernier Director
Deborah Dobson Bach Co-producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer, Screenwriter
Merideth Boswell Production Designer
Frederic Bourboulon Producer
Kelly Curley Art Director
Bruno de Keyzer Cinematographer
Thierry Derocles Editor
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Michael Fitzgerald Producer
Penelope Glass Executive Producer
Tommy Lee Jones Screenwriter
Kathy Kiatta Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerzy Kromolowski Screenwriter
Larry Madaras Editor
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Mary Olson-Kromolowski Screenwriter
Gulnara Sarsenova Executive Producer
Roberto Silvi Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In the Electric Mist
1. Main Title; A Drunken Revelation [8:25]
2. Looking for Cherry LeBlanc [6:13]
3. "Baby Feet" Balboni [6:15]
4. The Girl in the Barrel [12:15]
5. A Man of Vision [9:31]
6. Trouble at Club Leon [11:20]
7. Bus Depot Bust-Up [7:55]
8. Mistaken Identity [8:49]
9. A Snapshot [12:12]
10. The End of the Road [9:55]
11. Never Quite Over [2:27]
12. End Credits [6:51]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- In the Electric Mist
   Feature Start
   Scene Selections
   Set-Up
      Spanish Subtitles
      English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired (Off)
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent Adaptation of an Excellent Book

    James Lee Burke's wonderful Dave Robicheaux novels stand as benchmarks of detective fiction. However only two of over fifteen novels in the series have been brought to the screen. This dvd represents the better of those two efforts.

    A serial killer is preying upon young women, a long-dead corpse has been found in the water, and a movie crew financed by mobster 'Baby Feet' Balboni has come to the New Iberia area to create a feature film. All of these elements lead to a final resolution in this well written screenplay that is mostly faithful to Burke's novel.

    Tommy Lee Jones is dead on target as Dave Robicheaux, John Goodman is excellent as Balboni, and production values are high throughout the film. Director Tavernier handles those sequences involving Robicheaux's visions of dead Confederate soldiers well, with the potential for those passages to look silly in a visual medium avoided. Burke's measured pacing of a resolution remains here in the film. Robicheaux's frequent self examination and reflection that are present in the novels' first-person narrative sadly cannot be adequately brought to the screen although Jones handles the characterization well.

    Highly recommended, although I also recommend reading the books first.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, but lacking

    I, along with other JLB fans, had been waiting a long time to see this film. A disappointment that it never went to the big screen, but straight to DVD. I found the acting, scenery and filming to all be top notch, but difficult to tie the story together, though I'd read the book. I'd give it a 3.5 if halfs were possible here. I found out this version of the film is 15 minutes shorter than the Director's Cut, which appears to have made a hash of logical process. A shame the Director's Cut is not available in DVD, I would have liked to have seen that.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A good movie...

    Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman and Peter Sarsgaard all star in this movie, based off the book!

    Most the other reviewers seem to have read the book (In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke), I haven't, but I did enjoy the movie anyway.

    It's not a high budget thriller, its a low budget mystery with a good storyline and great cast.

    Tommy Lee Jones (the good guy), John Goodman (one of several bad guys), Ned Beatty and Peter Sarsgaard (the middle man) make this movie work!

    Great cast, good story, a "B" movie that probably isn't on your radar, but one that is definitely worth watching!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The book was better

    Or maybe because I'd read the book first, I expected too much. I've read all of James Lee Burke's books and often wished I could see them as movies, but it's harder to put action+story on the screen well. The acting was great; Tommy Lee Jones was a perfect Robicheaux. The story was accurate; easy for me to follow, but difficult for my friend to follow (she hadn't read the book first).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Electric Mist is surprisingly good

    Although I wasn't quite sure how I would react, I had to buy this movie as soon as it was released.
    I really enjoyed it, more so than I thought I would. And I was especially impressed with the way James Lee Burke's incredible talent for scene-setting was brought to life.
    The choice of Tommy Lee Jones as Dave Robicheaux was a given. As I've read and loved each of JLB's novels, I've pictured Jones as the protagonist. He was excellent in the role.
    While the movie is a bit different from the novel, which I think is one of Burke's best, the plot and pace hold the viewer's attention.
    The book was written before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and the movie is set in post-Katrina Louisiana, but the updates were made fairly seamlessly.
    While this is not an Oscar-worthy movie, it is solid entertainment and fans of Burke's writing should not be disappointed.

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