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Desperation: When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.

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Ratings: IMDB: 5.3/10 Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released: May 23, 2006
Runtime: 131 mins
Genres: Drama Fantasy Horror Mystery Thriller
Countries: USA
Director: Mick Garris
Actors: Annabeth Gish Charles Durning Clint James Ewan Chung Glenn R Wilder Henry Thomas Kelly Overton Matt Frewer Ron Perlman Sammi Hanratty Steven Weber Sylva Kelegian Tom Parker Tom Skerritt

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Desperation Comments

Posted by Arisma 2 years, 6 months ago
+5 | +6 / -1

Sorry I wasted my time on this, honestly. Not suspenseful, not well written, poorly acted (even with some great actors in the cast), not even decent exposition. Bad all around.

Posted by bigmike50 3 years, 8 months ago
+5 | +5 / -0

seen this some yrs. ago, really didn't care 4 it then & still don't it's not bad just not my favorite.

Posted by surreal_vision 4 years, 4 months ago
+5 | +6 / -1

Not very good. Possibly watch it once if you're incredibly bored. 2/5

Posted by Cenotaph 1 year ago
+3 | +5 / -2

One of the few King movie adaptations that is faithful to the original story. Read Cujo, then Desperation, then The Regulators. The same demon (Tak) is in all of those. Then try reading The Dark Tower series, cause that's where Tak comes from.

Posted by bgpatr 3 years, 7 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

I'm sorry to say it but I loved the book. So much better than the movie. This was made for TV so guess what...It's second class in everything...Too bad cause I like Perlman. Read the (very good) book. Don't waste your time with the movie. Bad acting and bad directing...If you like just a little bit the stories of S.King SKIP THIS MOVIE. 2/5

Posted by adarkangel26 3 years, 11 months ago
+3 | +5 / -2

I thought it was pretty good.7/10

Posted by Kelgan 5 years, 1 month ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Ron Perlman = LEGEND

Posted by jedidan 5 years, 2 months ago
+3 | +6 / -3

A really good rendering of one of Stephen Kings darker tales this movie is a must see for all King fans,8/10.

Posted by MarkupMaster 5 years, 3 months ago ( Edited 5 years, 3 months ago )
+3 | +3 / -0

Guess what happens when you mix killers, monsters, ghosts, physichics and religious propaganda... Desperation. 4/10

Posted by btzabe 3 months ago
+2 | +3 / -1

This was a fun dark fantasy story. 7/10

Posted by Aztoni 1 year, 1 month ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Movie was 30 mins or more too long. I found myself wishing Tak would hurry up and kill them all so it would end!

Posted by baronhutch 1 year, 2 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

The first half was ok. But I had to FF to the end.

Posted by teetee815 1 year, 4 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

I thought it was an ok movie. I mean I wont be putting it in my favorites or anything, but it was good for a one time watch.

Posted by flintstonesbyte 2 years, 1 month ago
+2 | +3 / -1

As I've said before, some of King's books adapt well to the screen, other's not so much. This wasn't one of the better efforts, but it wasn't the worst, either. I've always thought that this would've been better if elements from it's mirror book 'The Regulators' would've been incorporated and then done as a mini-series. King's books aren't known for being short and sweet and trying to make them fit into the time allotted format of a film, is just a bit on the hard side. Still, I did enjoy this movie. Production values were good, Ron Perlman was just wonderful and the screenplay itself, was okay. 3/5 stars. (Added to my 'From Page To Screen' playlist.)

Posted by arwen44 2 years, 10 months ago
+2 | +8 / -6

OK movie. A bit too much religiosity but maybe it was supposed to help the plot. The plot sure needed some help 'cause it was all over the place. I'm not a follower of King. He's written a few good stories but he churns them out so fast half of them aren't even good. Anyway, was pretty bored by the story but it's ok for a one time watch.

Posted by DollaHolla 4 years ago
+2 | +6 / -4

And to "dog1clear"s comment about the Book not having Christian under/overtones, you obviously didnt read the book. The book had a even MORE Christian tone to it. In reality the entire book revolved around it. The book either focused on unformed evil (Tak) or God.

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Posted by bondad 5 months ago ( Edited 5 months ago )
+1 | +1 / -0

Typical Stephen King tripe; some good initial idea ruined by formulaic writing and a complete lack of ability to create a decent end - just as he did with IT, Needful Things etc: the heroes use something pedestrian to destroy the immortal creature, which then just turns around and leaves. The best thing in this poorly acted made-for-TV film was the reference to Dean K*o*o*n*t*z, a far superior author. (sorry; I had to space his name as this website seems to think it is a rude word!!!

Posted by cjames22dox 3 years, 1 month ago
+1 | +2 / -1

woot ron pearlman is so awesome

Posted by SamcroSon 3 years, 1 month ago
+1 | +2 / -1

This was another decent Mick Garris directed Stephen King movie, though certainly not the best by a mile. Ron Perlman is ridiculous as the villain and Steven Webber and Tom Skerrit do well enough as the good guys. 5/10

Posted by arwen44 3 years, 8 months ago
+1 | +3 / -2

Ok movie but Pearlman stole the show, yet again. Not the best Stephen King made for tv type book thingy. Then again I am not a huge fun of Stephen King. Hand full of his books I do like but this wasn't one of the them. The red haired chick drove me crazy and I kept hoping she would be next. Like a lot of authors who can't be bothered to explain what the monster is all about happened again in the movie. Unless you a real big fan of King's go for it but if you would rather watch a good horror flick look on.

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