Carnivàle (2003–2005)
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In the cliff-hanging season finale, Samson devises a grand plan by scheming with Ben, Jones, and the entire troupe to lure Brother Justin to Carnivale for his confrontation with Ben. ... See full summary »

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Scott Winant

Writers:

Daniel Knauf (creator), Daniel Knauf (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Anderson ... Samson
Adrienne Barbeau ... Ruthie
Clancy Brown ... Brother Justin Crowe
Debra Christofferson ... Lila
Tim DeKay ... Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones
Clea DuVall ... Sofie
Cynthia Ettinger ... Rita Sue Dreifuss
Carla Gallo ... Libby Dreifuss
Toby Huss ... Felix 'Stumpy' Dreifuss
Amy Madigan ... Iris Crowe
Diane Salinger ... Apollonia
Nick Stahl ... Ben Hawkins
Brian Turk ... Gabriel
Ralph Waite ... Reverend Norman Balthus
Patrick Bauchau ... Professor Ernst Lodz
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In the cliff-hanging season finale, Samson devises a grand plan by scheming with Ben, Jones, and the entire troupe to lure Brother Justin to Carnivale for his confrontation with Ben. Meanwhile, Stroud wants to protect Justin who correctly suspects that the carnival is setting a trap for him. Sofie finds herself locked in a dark shed after she tells Justin her conflicted thoughts about where her loyalties lay, and soon becomes terrorized by ghostly visions of her mother. Rita Sue is touched by Samson's generosity of giving her the money needed to pay off Stumpy's loan shark. Later, the final confrontation approaches when Brother Justin persuades Iris to overcome her fear of heights by riding the Carnivale Ferris Wheel where Jones traps both of them in for Ben to drain Justin's powers, and Ben performs his most important healing of Reverend Balthus, leading to Ben and Justin finally meeting face-to-face, and the visions of Ben and Justin coming full circle. At the same time, Joney sets ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The last show of the series leaves many questions unanswered and plot lines unresolved, due to premature cancellation. See more »

Quotes

[Justin goes to chase Ben, but Norman rises from his wheelchair, gets in the way, lays his left hand on his chest and raises his right]
Rev. Norman Balthus: The power of Christ compels you.
[Justin stabs him in the gut with scythe]
Justin: Behold,
[Justin continues slicing upward]
Justin: the holy evil is come!
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Carivale Main Title Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Jeff Beal
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Stunning show for which Hbo should go for a Deadwood like revival
16 May 2019 | by maropwnzSee all my reviews

Yet they are so different. Both so solidly delivered, I find this show to be even more ambitious. Great casting and directing. Conceptually studied and praiseworthy. Wouldn't mind watching a s3 at all. A movie could work.


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