Texas Killing Fields

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Texas Killing Fields
Texas Killing Fields.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmi Canaan Mann
Produced by
Written byDon Ferrarone
Music byDickon Hinchliffe
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Edited byCindy Mollo
  • Forward Pass
  • Gideon Productions
  • Infinity Media
  • QED International
  • Watley Entertainment
Distributed byAnchor Bay Films
Release date
  • October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.69 million[1]

Texas Killing Fields (also known as The Fields) is a 2011 American crime film directed by Ami Canaan Mann and starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloë Grace Moretz. It competed in the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September.[2]

Several killings occur along Houston's I-45 corridor between Houston and Galveston, in and around an area known as "the killing fields". The film's screenplay was loosely inspired by true events surrounding the murders of women kidnapped from cities spread along 30 plus miles of I-45 corridor and dumped in many areas to include numerous bayous surrounding the oil fields of Texas City, Texas. While in real life there have been numerous itinerant serial killers involved over the years, the film focuses on specific local Texas City suspects.


Homicide detectives Mike (Sam Worthington) and Brian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) investigate the murder of a girl and the disappearance of a young woman. Meanwhile, Ann (Chloë Grace Moretz), a neglected local girl whose mother Lucie (Sheryl Lee) is a drug addict, goes missing.



The film was originally going to be directed by Danny Boyle before he left the project and was replaced by Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of director Michael Mann, who produced the film.[3] Boyle said that the film was "so dark it would never get made".[4]

The film was distributed overseas by Entertainment Film Distributors, a British company.[5][6][7] Filming began on May 3, 2010,[5] in Louisiana, United States.[6]


The soundtrack was scored by Dickon Hinchliffe (formerly of Tindersticks) except for three tracks credited to The Americans.[8]


Texas Killing Fields received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 33% based on 49 reviews, with a consensus that read, "Texas Killing Fields is a competent boilerplate crime thriller, brewing up characters and plots used in better films."[9] Metacritic gave the film a rating of 49/100, based on 17 reviews.[10]

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times gave the film two out of four stars and said, "'Texas Killing Fields' begins along the lines of a police procedural and might have been perfectly absorbing if it had played by the rules: strict logic, attention to detail, reference to technical police work. Unfortunately, the movie often seems to stray from such discipline."[11] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times commented, "...like the Texas City killer's plans, something's gone terribly wrong."[12] On a more lenient note, James Mottram of GamesRadar said, "Mann Jr. shows plenty of promise in a film that doesn’t tarnish the family name. But hindered by niggling flaws, it hardly revolutionises an over-saturated genre."[13]


  1. ^ "Texas Killing Fields (2011) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Venezia 68: International competition of feature films". Venice. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  3. ^ "Sam Worthington Confirmed as Lead of The Fields, Formerly Called The Texas Killing Fields | /Film". Slashfilm.com. 2010-02-08. Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  4. ^ "Danny Boyle Probably Not Entering The 'Texas Killing Fields' Or 'Ponte Tower'". MTV.com. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  5. ^ a b "Box office / business for Texas Killing Fields (2011)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  6. ^ a b "Texas Killing Fields (2011) : Filming Locations". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100211145146/http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3ia613cdbc5ebee2c53363246f2e40effa. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "'Texas Killing Fields' Soundtrack Released". Film Music Reporter. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  9. ^ "Texas Killing Fields". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Texas Killing Fields Review". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 19, 2011). "Texas Killing Fields". Roger Ebert.
  12. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (October 14, 2011). "Movie review: 'Texas Killing Fields'". Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Mottram, James (October 26, 2011). "Texas Killing Fields review". GamesRadar.

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