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The Dead Zone (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  21 October 1983 (USA)
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A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sonny Elliman (as Geza Kovacs)
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Christopher Walken wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems... Written by Paul Reynolds <pauljr@innotts.co.uk>

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He can see the future. But can he escape it? See more »


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Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Dead Zone  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 6,933,078 (Sweden)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before the accident, Johnny instructs his class to read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Christopher Walken would later go on to appear in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999). See more »


After John and Sarah make love, they are standing outside the house and John puts his left hand behind Sarah's neck as he pulls her close for a good-bye kiss. As they separate, both hands are at his side. See more »


[first lines]
Johnny Smith: [Johnny is reading "The Raven" to his class] And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting, on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door, and his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, and the lamp light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor, and my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted... nevermore.
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As the opening titles roll, certain parts (or "dead zones") of the screen become blocked out, until the part of the screen you can see spell out the title "The Dead Zone." See more »


Referenced in Speaking Parts (1989) See more »


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Walken's got the right "touch"!
21 October 2001 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

Christopher Walken is in his weary, paranoia-stricken best in the

awesome film adaptation of Stephen King's best-seller, THE DEAD ZONE. Walken plays Johnny Smith, a once-mild mannered teacher who receives a mixed blessing of predicting the future after a nasty car accident. Soon enough Smith becomes a center of attention as he predicts murders, accidents, and the like. The "gift" takes an even sharper turn as Smith realizes that a candidate for the presidential election (Martin Sheen, shades of THE WEST WING here?) has his sights set on nuclear domination. Walken is mesmirizing as Johnny, as the man tries in vain to cope with his power. And former PINK PANTHER actor Herbert Lom also shines as Johnny's shrink.

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