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The List (2007)

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Chuck Carrington, Hilarie Burton, more...
Director: Gary Wheeler
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Supernatural/Occult
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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A Charlotte lawyer unearths a closely guarded family secret when his father dies and leaves him interest in an obscure entity known as The Covenant List of South Carolina, Ltd. in director Gary Wheeler's adaptation of the novel by author Robert Whitlow. Convinced that the fall of the Confederacy is at hand after the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of South Carolina plantation owners gather at the Rice Planter's Inn in Georgetown, South Carolina and hatch a plan to smuggle their fortunes into Europe. Their cover for the operation: a secret society dubbed The Covenant List of South Carolina, Ltd. But a weathered prophet opposes the group's nefarious plan, and issues a dire warning to his friends and neighbors that one day the descendents of the group will one day face judgment at the mighty hand of God. Decades later, the interests of the families have been passed down through the generations. The profit margin has exploded, and with each passing year the secret grows more sinister. When Charlotte lawyer Renny Jacobson learns that his father has recently passed away, he returns to Charleston to pay his final respects and attend the reading of the family will. Much to Renny's surprise, his father bequeathed a large portion of his estate to charity. Shortly after discovering that his sole inheritance is an interest in the mysterious Covenant List of South Carolina, Ltd., Renny is contacted by The List and approached by a beautiful woman named Jo Johnston. In the following days Renny will become swept up by a whirlwind of deception and greed that will lead him from the picturesque coasts of South Carolina to the closely guarded Swiss bank vaults which house a vast fortune in cursed blood money. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

One, Two, Three-- PRAY! by talltale June 13, 2008 - 2:10 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Embarrassing faith-based hooey served up by overweening filmmakers who seem to think that, if they say "pray," their movie will fall into place. Not quite. As slow as arctic molasses and offering everything from witchcraft to a Civil War reenactment, THE LIST contains enough exposition to choke several horses yet still doesn't always make sense: one minute a character can cause a long-distance stroke, later he's suddenly lost his power. Oh, yeah, it must be that prayer stuff. A better-than-this-movie-deserves cast has been dutifully assembled, but the film resists. Malcolm McDowell, Pat Hingle, Will Patton, Mary Beth Peil and Elizabeth and Afemo Omilami--with Chuck Carrington and Hilarie Burton providing the love interest--all try their best to little avail. Cliches triumph, as they are wont to do when originality goes missing. The end credits provide a web link to a certain ministry that promises further information on the movie's "themes." When boredom sets in, should you want to learn more, I'd suggest fast forwarding (in large chunks). One hopes that what the www provides will offer more than the nonsense depicted here.

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