Nightmare Alley


150 minutes – Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Noir
Language: English
Release date: December 1, 2021 (World Premiere, New York City)
Release date: December 17, 2021 (General release)
Production companies: TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures

Based on the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley is not a remake of the 1947 noir film but a retelling of the original book in a screenplay by director Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan. The film focuses on Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words. He hooks up with a corrupt psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), who proves to be as dangerous as he is. Shot in and around Toronto and Buffalo, New York, principal photography began in January 2020 in Toronto, but was shut down in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in September 2020 and concluded that December.

NOTE: We are not sure if this is technically a “Canadian movie,” but we’ve included it in the database based on its shooting location, the large number of Canadian actors and its Canadian co-producer, J. Miles Dale, who described the film as being about “The importance of truth and the danger of believing our own lies. Pretty relevant to what’s going on around us these days.”

Nightmare Alley, movie, poster,



Guillermo del Toro
J. Miles Dale
Bradley Cooper


Guillermo del Toro


Guillermo del Toro
Kim Morgan


Dan Laustsen


Cam McLauchlin


Nathan Johnson

Production Designer:

Tamara Deverell

Art Director:

Brandt Gordon
Shane Vieau (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Luis Sequeira

Cast: Roles:

Bradley Cooper
Cate Blanchett
Toni Collette
Willem Dafoe
Richard Jenkins
Rooney Mara
Ron Perlman
Mary Steenburgen
David Strathairn
Mark Povinelli
Peter MacNeill
Holt McCallany
Paul Anderson
Lara Jean Chorostecki
Jim Beaver
Clifton Collins Jr.
Tim Blake Nelson
David Hewlett
Sarah Mennell
Caleb Ellsworth-Clark
Mike Hill
Dian Bachar
Troy James
Matthew MacCallum
Samantha Rodes
Jesse Buck
Perry Mucci
Bill MacDonald
Dan Lett
Catherine McGregor
Martin Julien
Natalie Brown
Daniel Falk
Tim Post
Will Conlon
Stephen McHattie
James Collins
Lili Connor
Danny Waugh
Walter Rinaldi
Andrew Locke
Calvin Desautels
Derrick Moore
Linden Porco
Grant Bradley
Danielle Klupsch
Vikki Ring
Vanessa Botbyl
Michael Bridgeman
Charles Langille
Paul Taylor
Clyde Whitham

Stanton Carlisle
Dr. Lilith Ritter
Zeena the Seer
Clem Hoatley
Ezra Grindle
Molly Cahill
Mrs. Kimball
The Major
Judge Kimball
Geek #1
Louise Hoatley
Sheriff Jedediah Judd
Funhouse Jack
Carny Boss
Dr. Elrood
Drunk #1
Dogboy Jojo
Fee Fee the Birdgirl
The Snake Man
Human Skeleton
Zizi the Pinhead
Geek #2
Hotel Manager
Stanton’s Dad
Deputy #1
Copa Woman
Bus Station Shaving Man
Lilith’s Receptionist
Patron #1
Armed Guard#1
Armed Guard #2
Hobo #1
Train Yard Man
Woman in Floral Dress
Piano Player
Train Worker
Brofo the Small
Deputy #2
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