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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 Robert Whitlow. The film was shot in
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. It stars
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,
Chuck Carrington Charles Langhorne "Chuck" Carrington (born May 24, 1968, Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American actor best known for playing Petty Officer Jason Tiner on ''JAG (TV series), JAG'', and also starred as Renny Jacobsen in the independent feature thrill ...
, Hilarie Burton and
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. ''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 Horsforth is a town and civil parish In England, a civi ...
as Desmond Larochette *
Chuck Carrington Charles Langhorne "Chuck" Carrington (born May 24, 1968, Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American actor best known for playing Petty Officer Jason Tiner on ''JAG (TV series), JAG'', and also starred as Renny Jacobsen in the independent feature thrill ...
as Renny Jacobsen * Hilarie Burton as Jo Johnston *
Will Patton William Rankin Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He starred as List of Falling Skies characters#Captain Dan Weaver, Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT (U.S. TV network), TNT science fiction series ''Falling Skie ...
as Harriston * Pat Hingle as Gus Eicholtz *
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as Daisy Stokes *
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as Mama A *
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as Al Jenkins * R. Keith Harris as Bart Maxwell *
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as Robert Roget * Richard Fullerton as Jerrod Weiss * Richard K. Olsen as Michael Flournoy *
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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 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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.


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 ''
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'' 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
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wrote, "So what we wind up with is a muddled bit of
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lite that somehow manages to be a pretty enjoyable movie." David Cornelius of
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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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