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In the Electric Mist (2009)

A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen.

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Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the film, reports finding another corpse in the Atchafalaya Swamp near the movie set, Robicheaux starts another investigation, believing the corpse to be the remains of a black man who he saw being murdered 35 years before. Written by anonymous

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No one can escape the sins of the past.


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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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John Goodman jokes to Tommy Lee Jones, "I'm making a baseball movie next. Want a part in it?" Jones played Ty Cobb in 1994. See more »

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The movie star rents a huge saltwater boat to go out into the Atchafalaya Basin. This may have been done to show the character's naiveté. See more »

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Dave Robicheaux: Did you know Cherry LeBlanc, a little white girl about nineteen years old?
Old Woman: She work here, ain't she?
Dave Robicheaux: You know if she had a boyfriend Tawn?
Old Woman: If that's what you wanna call it. She in the business.
Dave Robicheaux: Mr. Prejean involved?
Old Woman: Ask him.
Dave Robicheaux: I don't think he was. Otherwise he wouldn't be tellin' me all these things.
Old Woman: She a sad girl. I told her, 'A pretty white girl like you could have anything you want'. When that girl dress up, she look just like a movie star.
Dave Robicheaux: Who was her pimp?
Old Woman: I don't know nothin' else, me. ...
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Follows Heaven's Prisoners (1996) See more »

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I'm Coming Home (To See My Mother)
Written by Clifton Chenier
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Better than it's being rated
15 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, there's the great French director, Tavernier, who made many films Americans missed. But at least most remember "'Round Midnight,'" an amazingly done jazz film with the late Dexter Gordon. Then there are the great actors, from Tommy Lee (who did indeed "nail" Robicheaux), but also Ned Beatty, Mary Steenburgen (who made the ordinary character of Bootsie bearable), the other great director John Sayles (as a director,of course) and countless lesser known character actors. The production values are superb. I've read most of Burke's novels and the sets of Dave's house, the dives he visits, the bayou, all of it are exactly as I'd imagined. The writing is good and I don't get why people think the story is confusing. But there is one major flaw (for me) that rankles. Why cast musicians (Levon Helm, Buddy Guy) in roles that really need strong acting? Helm was a great drummer for The Band, but I've never seen him act with much conviction. And the character of the dead Confederate general requires strength. Hal Holbrook would have been perfect. Then there's Buddy Guy, a great Chicago blues man, but he's no actor. He seemed almost to be reading most of his lines from off camera in one scene.

You cannot put strong actors in the same scenes with weak ones. But good actors together can make a scene--witness the last confrontation between Tommy Lee's Robicheaux and Ned Beatty's Lemoyne.

So, solid direction, much strong acting, faithful to the book, great sets and setting, all brought lower by some bad casting. Still, I think this one deserves more respect, especially compared to many of this year's "Oscar worthy" films.


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