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Red Lights (2012)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 19,664 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 2 March 2012 (Spain)
  • Runtime: 113 min
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  • IMDb page: Red Lights (2012)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 19,664 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 2 March 2012 (Spain)
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Filming Location: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
  • Budget: €14,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $8,513,616(Worldwide)(12 August 2012)
  • Director: Rodrigo Cortés
  • Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Víctor Reyes   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Psychic | Color In Title | Two Word Title | Fake Psychic | Supernatural Power

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Rodrigo Cortés  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • In the video lab where Buckley works there is a copy of the famous poster “I Want To Believe” from The X-Files, but the quote is changed to “I Want To Understand”.
  • Spanish director Eugenio Mira plays Robert De Niro’s character in his early 30s.
  • Robert De Niro’s wife, Grace Hightower, plays the African-American talk show host who interviews him.

Goofs: Continuity: Near the end of the film, when Buckley confronts Silver, Buckley looks down to his left hand to reveal the coin, but in the close-up, he opens his right hand.

Plot: Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away. Full summary »  »

Story: The skeptical psychologist Dr. Margaret Matheson and her assistant, the physician Tom Buckley, are specialists in disclosing fraudulent paranormal phenomena. When the famous psychic Simon Silver reappears to his public after many years of absence, Tom becomes obsessed to investigate whether Silver is a fraud or not.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  


Synopsis: Dr. Margaret Matheson and her partner, Tom Buckley are the worlds foremost investigators of paranormal phenomena. Professional skeptics, they have debunked dozens of fraudulent mind readers, ghost hunters, faith healers and the like by detecting what Matheson calls red lights, subtle clues to the trickery behind each of these supernatural occurrences.

But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off. Suspecting that the charismatic, spoon-bending mind reader was involved in the mysterious death of his most vociferous critic three decades earlier, she considers him far too dangerous to confront.

Buckley remains determined to discredit the hugely popular and seemingly genuine Silver, however, believing that doing so would cement his reputation and guarantee funding for Matheson and his research for years to come. As he becomes increasingly obsessed with his mission, Buckley enlists the aid of his star student, Sally. Together, they employ a dazzling array of high-tech tools to unlock the secrets of Silvers abilities. But the closer they get, the more formidable Silver becomes and the more Buckley begins to question his core beliefs. Science and the supernatural collide to play on audience perceptions as the researchers quest for the truth builds to a mind-blowing conclusion.

Big Spoiler: The true motivation for Buckley’s obsession with searching out and investigating all of these practitioners over the years is that he is, in fact, searching for someone like himself: one genuinely gifted with such supernatural powers. As Silver is exposed, we learn it was Buckley all along who was executing the truly inexplicable occurrences.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Rodrigo Cortés known as producer
  • Cindy Cowan known as executive producer
  • Sara Giles known as associate producer
  • Adrián Guerra known as producer
  • Manuel Monzón known as co-producer
  • Jordi Muñoz known as assistant producer
  • Toni Novella known as line producer
  • Christina Piovesan known as co-producer
  • Lisa Wilson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Cillian Murphy known as Tom Buckley
  • Sigourney Weaver known as Margaret Matheson
  • Robert De Niro known as Simon Silver
  • Toby Jones known as Paul Shackleton
  • Joely Richardson known as Monica Hansen
  • Elizabeth Olsen known as Sally Owen
  • Craig Roberts known as Ben
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia known as Leonard Palladino
  • Adriane Lenox known as Rina
  • Garrick Hagon known as Howard McColm
  • Burn Gorman known as Benedict Cohen
  • Mitchell Mullen known as Jim Carroll
  • Nathan Osgood known as Michael Sidgwick
  • Madeleine Potter known as Sarah Sidgwick
  • Eloise Webb known as Susan Sidgwick
  • Jeany Spark known as Traci Northrop
  • Jan Cornet known as David Matheson
  • Robert G. Slade known as Interviewer – 70's
  • Eugenio Mira known as Young Simon Silver
  • Lynn Blades known as Dana
  • Eben Young known as Dick
  • Becci Gemmell known as Lucy Marconi
  • Jee-Yun Lee known as Fiona Stewart (as Jee Yun Lee)
  • Emma Reynolds known as Female Reporter #1
  • Karen David known as Female Reporter #2
  • Molly Malcolm known as Female Reporter #3
  • Peter Brooke known as Male Reporter #1
  • Robert Paterson known as Male Reporter #2
  • Jason Lewis known as Male Reporter #3
  • Jeff Mash known as Male Reporter #4
  • Liliana Cabal known as Female Reporter – SPRC
  • Harris Gordon known as Female Reporter – SPRC
  • Ignacio Carreño known as Man in the Bathroom (as Ignacio Carreño López)
  • Josette Simon known as Corrine
  • Carlos Bermúdez Sagrera known as Stevie
  • Anselmo Cuesta known as Stevie's Father
  • Grant Russell known as Pilot
  • Patricia Potter known as Female Doctor
  • Bola Olubowale known as Bodyguard
  • Simon Lee Phillips known as Standing Spectator
  • Anna Dorca known as Katia Novkova
  • Gina Bramhill known as Judi Cale
  • Joel Vigo known as Richard Vargas
  • Jajube Mandiela known as Girl with Piercings
  • Jesse Bostick known as Guy
  • Roscoe van Dyke known as Biker
  • Paulette Sinclair known as Woman in Wheel-Chair
  • Jean Daigle known as Sally's Father
  • Ann Turnbull known as Sally's Mother
  • Eric Loren known as Policeman
  • Max Hausmann known as Doctor Campbell
  • Julius Cotter known as Dr. Jennings
  • Mercé Vidal known as Doctor Heynes
  • Miquel Bordoy known as Professor Franklin
  • Benjamin Nathan-Serio known as Student in Magna Room
  • Markus Parilo known as Notebook Man (as Markus Parillo)
  • Kathy Imrie known as Indigent Woman
  • Howard Swinson known as Old Man on the Bench
  • Larissa Bouvier known as Teenager on the Bench
  • Syd Mostow known as Martin Weiner
  • Brian Lehane known as Psychic Surgery Patient
  • Aidan Shipley known as Tom's Soldier Son
  • Wendy Boyd known as 45-year-old Sally
  • Anna Ferguson known as Older Sally
  • Xavier Capdet known as Beadle
  • Alicia Caycho known as Maria Vargas
  • Clelia Bain known as Dorina Vargas
  • Richard Felix known as Man in Bathroom #1
  • Joshua Zamrycki known as Man in Bathroom #2
  • Óscar Rodríguez known as Decoy
  • Lex Lang known as Presenter #1
  • Bridget Hoffman known as Radio Duo Female Voice (voice)
  • Rif Hutton known as Radio Duo Male Voice (voice)
  • Grant George known as Presenter #2
  • Angelina Wahler known as Susan Sidgwick (voice)
  • Simon Brading known as Silver's Assistant (uncredited)
  • Pablo Derqui known as David (uncredited)
  • Nikol Kollars known as Lab Telekinesis Scientist (uncredited)
  • Jack Queralt known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Jean Claude Ricquebourg known as Simon Silver's Assistant (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Caitlin Acheson known as key makeup artist
  • Raul Cabanell known as assistant makeup artist
  • Ana Lozano known as makeup department
  • Jesús Martos known as personal hair stylist
  • Jordi Morera known as special makeup effects artist: DDT SFX Crew
  • Eva Quilez known as dailies makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Stefano Crem known as set dresser
  • Silvia Crivillers known as property master
  • Carlos de la Sotilla known as storyboard artist
  • Verónica García known as art department assistant
  • Héctor Gil known as property master
  • Mauro Lacaprara known as props
  • Diana Marzal known as assistant property master
  • Oriol Roset known as assistant property master
  • Oscar Troitiño known as head painter




Production Companies:

  • Nostromo Pictures
  • Cindy Cowan Entertainment (in association with)
  • Antena 3 Films (associate producer)

Other Companies:

  • Cohen & Gardner  production legal
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Ovide B S  video equipment
  • Pinewood Toronto Studios  stages
  • Stone Management  product placement


  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Millennium Entertainment (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Presidio (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Rai Cinema (2012) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Thim Film (2012) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2011) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Amero PT (2012) (Indonesia) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2011) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Cinesky (2012) (worldwide) (DVD) (airlines, except UK)
  • Daisy Entertainment (2012) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Eagle Films (2012) (Non-USA) (all media) (middle east)
  • Forum Film (2012) (Israel) (all media)
  • Golden Harvest (2012) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Golden Screen (2012) (Malaysia) (all media)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2012) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Myndform (2012) (Iceland) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2012) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2012) (Finland) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2012) (Iceland) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2012) (Norway) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2012) (Sweden) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Armenia) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Azerbaijan) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Belarus) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Georgia) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Kazakhstan) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Kyrgyzstan) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Moldova) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Russia) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Tajikistan) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Turkmenistan) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Ukraine) (all media)
  • Paradise/MGN (2012) (Uzbekistan) (all media)
  • Pinema (2011) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Pioneer Films (2012) (Philippines) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2012) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2012) (Romania) (all media)
  • Shaw (2012) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Maldives) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Vicol Entertainment (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Vicol Entertainment (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Village Roadshow Greece S.A. (2012) (Cyprus) (all media)
  • Village Roadshow Greece S.A. (2012) (Greece) (all media)
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (2012) (Germany) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Llorenç Borràs known as digital compositor
  • Carlos de la Sotilla known as digital compositor
  • Roberto García known as digital compositor
  • David Vico López known as digital compositor
  • Àlex Villagrasa known as lead compositor
  • Àlex Villagrasa known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 20 January 2012 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Spain 2 March 2012
  • Ireland 15 June 2012
  • UK 15 June 2012
  • Serbia 28 June 2012 (Belgrade) (premiere)
  • Bahrain 2 July 2012
  • Kuwait 12 July 2012
  • Iceland 13 July 2012
  • USA 13 July 2012 (limited)
  • Israel 19 July 2012
  • Russia 19 July 2012
  • Estonia 20 July 2012
  • Lithuania 20 July 2012
  • Portugal 26 July 2012
  • Singapore 26 July 2012
  • Armenia 27 July 2012
  • Taiwan 3 August 2012
  • Germany 9 August 2012
  • Canada 10 August 2012 (Toronto)
  • Hong Kong 23 August 2012
  • India 24 August 2012
  • Belgium 29 August 2012
  • Netherlands 30 August 2012
  • Mexico 7 September 2012
  • Brazil 21 September 2012
  • Argentina 8 October 2012 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Argentina 11 October 2012
  • Japan 27 October 2012 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Italy 8 November 2012
  • Hungary 29 November 2012
  • Uruguay 7 December 2012
  • Chile 20 December 2012
  • Turkey 28 December 2012
  • Japan 15 February 2013
  • Sweden 20 February 2013 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language and some violence



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