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Stephen King's Desperation (2006)

aka Stephen King's Desperation

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Details: 131 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Steve Ames
Small John Edward Marinville
Small Tom Billingsley
Small Mary Jackson
Small Ralph Carver
Small Peter Jackson
Small Pie Carver
No_movie_poster David Carver
Small Cynthia Smith
Small Collie Entragian
No_movie_poster Ellie Carver
No_movie_poster Shih
No_movie_poster Brian Ross
No_movie_poster Cha'an
No_movie_poster Young Viet Cong
No_movie_poster Young Johnny
No_movie_poster Drunk Driver
No_movie_poster Neighbor


Small Stephen King Author
No_movie_poster Christian Sebaldt Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Patrick McMahon Editor
No_movie_poster Kelly Van Horn Producer
No_movie_poster Phil Dagort Production Design
No_movie_poster Lynn Kressel Casting
No_movie_poster Marcia Calosio Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Nicholas Pike Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Bruce Dunn Producer
Small Mick Garris Director
No_movie_poster Jason Weil Art Direction
No_movie_poster Warden Neil Costume Design
No_movie_poster Mark Sennet Executive Producer
Small Mick Garris Production
Small Stephen King Production


In the Nevada desert, a couple, Peter and Mary Jackson are driving just as they are stopped by a sheriff, Collie Entragian. He soon learns they are in possession of marijuana. In response, he takes them to jail. After they enter the police station, they see a little girl, dead, on the floor and Entragian shoots and kills Peter. Mary is thrown in a jail cell along with a young boy, David Carver, his parents, Ralph and Ellen, and an old man, Tom Billingsley. It's also learned the little girl is the Carver's daughter named Pie. In jail. David is praying to God, which he's been doing since his best friend Brian was struck by a drunk driver. In a flashback sequence, David and Brian are bike riding when a drunk driver strikes Brian, the impact causing Brian to fly through the air and into a building. Brian has suffered severe head trauma and injuries to his face. David immediately begins praying to God, offering to sacrifice anything, and to do what ever is asked of him in order to save Brian. At which point, Brian, who was on the brink of death, miraculously regains consciousness. The doctor at the hospital describes Brian's recovery as "miraculous".

Meanwhile, Steve Ames is in his truck following famous author Johnny Marinville who is some 50 miles up ahead. Steve soon picks up a young female hitchhiker named Cynthia Smith. Johnny stops in the desert to urinate just as Entragian shows up behind him and puts the same bag of marijuana he got from Peter and Mary in Johnny's motorcycle bag and "arrests" him.

Later, David realizes Entragian's skin is breaking out and he keeps saying "Tak" because he is possessed. Entragian then takes Ellen so he can shift his spirit into her body and puts a vicious dog in charge of things. Pie's ghost appears and gives David a bar of soap. He proceeds to scrub his body with the soap and while the dog is distracted, David slips through the bars of the jail cell and gets out of the room. David searches the police station and finds a gun on the corpse of another sheriff. He returns to shoot the guarding dog to free everyone.

Meanwhile, Steve drives up to where Johnny was captured by Entragian to find Johnny's motorcycle hidden behind dry bushes. Cynthia and Steve later search the town of Desperation, where they find all the residents dead. That night, they both meet up with the gang. They gather at a theater and Tom tells a story that took place 120 years ago, when Chinese workers digging in a mine discovered an evil spirit named "Tak." The now possessed Ellen sends in a mountain lion and Tom is killed. Mary is captured by Ellen so that she can have a new body.

David sees the ghost of Pie in the theater again and she leads him to the movie editing machine revealing the truth of how Tak came to the town. Mary wakes up to find herself trapped in a shed waiting to be the next host for Tak. With the help of Pie, she manages to escape, while seriously injuring Ellen's body forcing Tak to take over the body of a raven.

Johnny later confesses 40 years ago in Vietnam he saw a guy, possessed by Tak, blow up the bathroom of a bar killing 87 people. The group decides to return to the cave with some explosives they found to put an end to Tak. At the entrance, a vulture comes out and kills Ralph. In order to redeem himself, Johnny goes into the mine and falls in a hole leading to a small hole where Tak is. Johnny ignites the explosives, blowing up the mine while the rest of survivors drive away in Steve's truck.

Along the route driving away from the town, they pass by the RV vehicle owned by David's family and Peter's sister's car. Mary tells Steve to stop the truck to retrieve an overnight package from the car. In the back seat Mary finds an album belonging to Pie, which Steve identifies as being signed by Johnny.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2006-05-23 : United States of America

DVD : 2006-08-29