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''The List'' is a 2007 American
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directed by Gary Wheeler and based on the novel of the same name by
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. The film was shot in
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Wilmington, North Carolina
. It stars
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Malcolm McDowell
,
Chuck Carrington Charles Langhorne "Chuck" Carrington (born May, 24, 1968, Lynchburg, Virginia) is an United States, American actor best known for playing Petty Officer Jason Tiner on ''JAG (TV series), JAG'', and also starred as Renny Jacobsen in the independen ...
,
Hilarie Burton Hilarie Ros Burton (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress, businesswoman, author and producer. A former host of MTV's ''Total Request Live ''Total Request Live'' (known commonly as ''TRL'') is an American television program broadcast on M ...
and
Will Patton William Rankin Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He starred as Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT (U.S. TV network), TNT science fiction series ''Falling Skies''. He also appeared in the films ''Remember the Ti ...
. ''The List'' was released on April 22, 2007, and grossed $138,814 at the US box office. It was released on DVD by
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in 2008. According to a reviewer, the film is part of the
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genre.


Plot

After the
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(1861-1865), a group of Southern plantation owners form a secret society. Through the present, their male heirs are inducted into the society. This continues until the present, when it is decided to kill off the newest heirs, two young adults who learn how to rely on their Christian faith to expose the secret society.


Cast

*
Malcolm McDowell Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor; 13 June 1943) is an English actor. He is best known for his boisterous, charismatic and villainous roles. He was born in the Horsforth suburb of Leeds and raised in Liverpool. He later trained at the L ...

Malcolm McDowell
as Desmond Larochette *
Chuck Carrington Charles Langhorne "Chuck" Carrington (born May, 24, 1968, Lynchburg, Virginia) is an United States, American actor best known for playing Petty Officer Jason Tiner on ''JAG (TV series), JAG'', and also starred as Renny Jacobsen in the independen ...
as Renny Jacobsen *
Hilarie Burton Hilarie Ros Burton (born July 1, 1982) is an American actress, businesswoman, author and producer. A former host of MTV's ''Total Request Live ''Total Request Live'' (known commonly as ''TRL'') is an American television program broadcast on M ...
as Jo Johnston *
Will Patton William Rankin Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He starred as Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT (U.S. TV network), TNT science fiction series ''Falling Skies''. He also appeared in the films ''Remember the Ti ...
as Harriston *
Pat Hingle Martin Patterson Hingle (July 19, 1924 – January 3, 2009) was an American character actor who appeared in hundreds of television shows and feature films. His first film was ''On the Waterfront'' in 1954. He often played tough authority figure ...
as Gus Eicholtz *
Mary Beth Peil Mary Beth Peil (born June 25, 1940) is an Americans, American actress and soprano. She began her career as an opera singer in 1962 with the Boris Goldovsky, Goldovsky Opera Theater. In 1964 she won two major singing competitions, the Young Conce ...
as Daisy Stokes *
Elizabeth Omilami Elisabeth Williams-Omilami (born February 18, 1951) is an American human rights activist and an actress. Life and career Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Atlanta, Williams-Omilami is the daughter of activist Hosea Williams and Georgia State Representa ...
as Mama A *
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as Al Jenkins * R. Keith Harris as Bart Maxwell * Steve Ayers as Robert Roget * Richard Fullerton as Jerrod Weiss * Richard K. Olsen as Michael Flournoy * Nicholas Pryor as Harold Smithfield * Frank Hoyt Taylor as Amos Candler * Tim Ware as Thomas Layne


Production

Director Gary Wheeler had trouble casting the role of Larochette. As an independent film, independent production, his budget was limited, and he had trouble making connections with high profile actors. When actor Tim Ware found Larochette had not been cast, he offered to contact McDowell on behalf of Wheeler. Shooting took place in
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Wilmington, North Carolina
.


Release

''The List'' was released theatrically in 2007 through select states in the South including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. The film would visit a select city for a few weeks beginning in Charlotte on August 12, 2007. It grossed a total of $138,814. A further releasing campaign was planned for 2008 with intent to spread outside of the South.
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soon set a June 10, 2008, DVD release date.


Reception

Ken Hanke of ''Mountain Xpress'' rated it 2.5/5 stars and called it "a slickly produced, low-budget, faith-based thriller that's light on the thrills and heavy on the faith". In rating it 5/10 stars, George Tiller of PopMatters wrote, "So what we wind up with is a muddled bit of
Southern Gothic Southern Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic fiction in American literature that takes place in the Southern United States, American South. Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or Eccentricity (behavior), ecc ...
lite that somehow manages to be a pretty enjoyable movie." David Cornelius of DVD Talk rated it 2/5 and criticized the film's transition from drama to supernatural thriller. Cornelius described it as "always just a little too melodramatic, a little too hokey, a little too saccharine".


References


External links


Official Website
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