In the Electric Mist

April 15th, 2009


In the Electric Mist

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A detective in post Katrina New Orleans area 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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.1/10 (7,230 voted)

Director: Bertrand Tavernier

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard

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.

Writers: Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski

Tommy Lee Jones - Dave Robicheaux
John Goodman - Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni
Peter Sarsgaard - Elrod Sykes
Mary Steenburgen - Bootsie Robicheaux
Kelly Macdonald - Kelly Drummond
Justina Machado - Rosie Gomez
Ned Beatty - Twinky LeMoyne
James Gammon - Ben Hebert
Pruitt Taylor Vince - Lou Girard
Levon Helm - General John Bell Hood
Buddy Guy - Sam 'Hogman' Patin
Julio Cedillo - Cholo Manelli (as Julio Cesar Cedillo)
Bernard Hocke - Murphy Doucet
John Sayles - Michael Goldman
Gary Grubbs - Sheriff

Taglines: No one can escape the sins of the past.


Official Website: TFM Distribution [France] |

Release Date: 15 April 2009

Filming Locations: Albania Plantation - 1842 LA 182 E., Jeanerette, Louisiana, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: Germany: (Berlin International Film Festival)  | USA: (DVD)

Did You Know?

Never released theatrically in the U.S., where it went straight to DVD.

Factual errors: FBI agent Gomez uses a snub nose .38 caliber revolver on duty. FBI agents have a limited list of approved pistols. That list does not include any revolvers or .38 caliber weapons.

[first Lines]
Dave Robicheaux: My name's Dave Robicheaux. I'm an alcoholic. Sometimes I'm tempted to have a drink. But I never do.

User Review

Tommy Lee nails the part

Rating: 8/10

Tommy Lee Jones has either read Burke's books or he is really that good. Unlike Alec Baldwin's Robicheaux in "Heaven's Prisoners" Jones has the complex nature of Robicheaux's personality down. Jones can deliver on the character's contrasting moods -- the sensitivity of his care for others versus the fire of his smoldering anger. Good flick. No stupid CGI tricks, no political correctness, just a good old fashioned crime mystery with a very riveting main character. There are some unresolved elements regarding the Goodman and Beatty parts but the dogged pursuit of the criminal element by Jones is worth the price of admission. I've read all of Burke's books and this is as close as anyone is going to get to myriad aspects of Dave Robicheaux's tortured soul. Burke fans disappointed by "Heaven's Prisoners" should see this one.


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