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The Dead Zone -- A man awakens from a 5 year coma to discover he has a psychic abilities.
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Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)
Stephen King (novel)
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Release Date:
21 October 1983 (USA) See more »
He can see the future. But can he escape it? See more »
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)

Stephen King (novel)

Produced by
Jeffrey Chernov .... associate producer
Debra Hill .... producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Art Direction by
Barbara Dunphy 
Set Decoration by
Tom Coulter 
Costume Design by
Olga Dimitrov 
Makeup Department
Jenny Arbour .... hair stylist
Shonagh Jabour .... makeup artist
Maureen Mestan .... hair assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
John M. Eckert .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... first assistant director
Otta Hanus .... second assistant director
Lydia Wazana .... third assistant director
Art Department
Alfred .... draftsman
Jon Bankson .... head carpenter (as John Bankson)
Kirk Cheney .... head carpenter
Janet Cormack .... scenic painter
Jim Craig .... storyboard artist
Joe Curtin .... construction manager
Dan Davis .... assistant art director
Gary Jack .... set dresser
Nick Kosonic .... scenic painter
Jo-Ann Ladenheim .... trainee art director
Peter Lauterman .... property master
Steve Meil .... scenic painter (as Steven Meil)
Don Miloyevich .... assistant props
Harry Pavelson .... scenic painter
Tom Reid .... set dresser
Myles Roth .... carpenter
Robert Wiens .... carpenter
Gareth Wilson .... set dresser
Sound Department
Bryan Day .... sound mixer
Michael C. Gutierrez .... sound editor (as Michael Gutierrez)
Duane Hartzell .... sound editor
Devon Heffley Curry .... sound editorial coordinator (as Devon Heffley)
Michael LaCroix .... boom operator (as Michael Lacroix)
Gregg Landaker .... re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... re-recording mixer
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
Kendrick Sweet .... sound editor (as Ken Sweet)
Eric Tomlinson .... sound recording engineer
Bill Varney .... re-recording mixer
Caryl Wickman .... sound editor
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor (as David Yewdall)
Don White .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects foreman (as Calvin Acord)
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects coordinator (as Jon Belyeu)
Derek Howard .... special effects
Clark Johnson .... special effects
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects
Laird McMurray .... special effects
Mark Molin .... special effects
Michael Neumann .... special effects
D. Harry Persad .... special effects
Gianico Pretto .... special effects
Sonan Sookad .... special effects
David Zimmerman .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Michael Lennick .... video electronic effects
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Peter Cox .... stunts
Rick Forsayeth .... stunts (as Dick Forsayeth)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator: milk truck stunt
Dwayne McLean .... stunts
Leslie Munro .... stunts
David Rigby .... stunts
Jérôme Tiberghien .... stunts (as Jerome Tiberghien)
Greg Walker .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... best boy (as Scotty Allen)
Jock Brandis .... gaffer
Ira Cohen .... electrician
Christopher Dean .... grip
John Herzog .... electrician
David Hynes .... grip
Maris H. Jansons .... key grip (as Maris Jansons)
Robin Miller .... first assistant camera
Donna Mobbs .... second assistant camera
Gary Phipps .... generator operator
Rick Porter .... still photographer
Steve Shapiro .... photographer: Stillson
Mark Silver .... grip
John Stoneman .... underwater camera operator
David J. Woods .... camera trainee (as David Woods)
Christophe Bonnière .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Peter Lavender .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denise Cronenberg .... wardrobe mistress (as Denise Woodley)
Maureen Gurney .... wardrobe assistant
Arthur Rowsell .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Tim Dunphy .... editor trainee
Elaine Foreman .... assistant editor
Michael Rea .... assistant editor
Location Management
David Coatsworth .... location manager
Music Department
James Guthrie .... musical effects engineer
Michael Kamen .... music arranger
Michael Kamen .... conductor (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John McClure .... music mixer (uncredited)
Sidney Sax .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson .... music mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Brown .... driver
David Chudnovsky .... driver (as David Chud)
Mike Curran .... transportation coordinator (as Michael Curran)
Alex Dawes .... driver
Allen Kosonic .... driver captain (as Al Kosonic)
Jerome McCann .... driver
Izidore K. Musallam .... driver (as Izidore Musallam)
Cactus Simser .... driver (as Cactus)
Other crew
Andreas Blackwell .... production assistant
Randi Chernov .... assistant: Ms. Hill
Jesse Cohoon .... craft service
Richard Cosgrave .... horse wrangler (as Richard Cosgrove)
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Prudence Emery .... publicist
Tom Glass .... horse wrangler
Jeremy F. Keable .... biomedical advisor
Philippa King .... production coordinator
Lyn Lucibello .... assistant accountant
Carol McBride .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Heather McIntosh .... production accountant
Carolyn McKenzie .... office assistant
Susan Starre McKibbin .... assistant accountant (as Susan McKibbin)
Andrea Poulis .... office assistant
Gillian Richardson .... script supervisor
John Scott .... horse wrangler
Simon Clery .... security officer (uncredited)
Richard Cornblum .... weapons handler (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Stephen King's The Dead Zone" - USA (complete title)
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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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A stuntman was severely burned around the legs and groin when a squib went off too near him during the shooting of the WWII flashback sequence.See more »
Continuity: 39:46 into the movie Sarah is putting the baby in the highchair her sweater fully buttoned up. In the next shot her sweater is half unbuttoned.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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41 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A fitting King adaptation., 10 August 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A schoolteacher Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) a survivor of a road accident awakes from a five-year coma to discover he has psychic abilities, which he gets visions of the past, present and the deadly future. And how he does it, is through the use of touch. But life has changed within that time with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) being married; he's basically crippled and no longer having a job. So now he uses his abilities to help a sheriff (Tom Skerritt) solve a murder case, to save a child's life and predicting world's fate from an evilly corrupt politician (Martin Sheen) who plans to be president.

It's definitely one of my favourite King adaptations and you could say Cronenberg at his best. This time around Cronenberg has taken a more mainstream (even though depressing) approach with none of his grotesque and disturbing visuals evident, but that doesn't take away from the experience - as on show is good story telling, performances and film-making. Visually the film does hold strong imagery (especially the vision scenes) and also the picture truly captures the unsaturated colours of the wintry backdrop, which makes the bleak atmosphere such a dour affair. Though the sharp stabbing sounds when Johnny gets a vision truly knocks you, but it's the stinging outcome that made the film for me. Distinctive photography by Mark Irwin was beautifully constructed and pretty smooth in the detail of the settings. While, the driving score stood out and was particularly on the spot with capturing the right mood. Sound performances are given by the likes of the sympathetic Christopher Walken and the innocent Brooke Adams. Martian Sheen delivers a rather hammy performance and Tom Skerritt's performance is the total opposite, being rather toned down. Cronenberg's solid direction paces the film swiftly and also creates some well-staged sequences of tension that stick in your head. In all you can always expect dashing film-making by Cronenberg and that's what you get in this picture.

The story is what I had some gripes with. At times it felt like writer Jeffrey Boam was trying to squeeze too much into the story. Some interesting and intelligent sub-plots (murder investigation) felt hurried and rather contrived - it was like it was concentrating and building more towards the final act instead. But then again time is money and it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of this film. The plot is basically a portrait of a man coming to grips with his pain and accepting the fate his been chosen and also throw in some social commentary into the mix. Also added is the occasional dabbing of dry/witty remarks, but for me it was uncomfortable humour. That being pretty much the state of the film. One thing I noticed, but don't know if this symbolism was intended but the way Johnny is always wearing the black coat reminded me of death (fate). Especially with touch his can see into the future and actually alter what can happen (say death). Maybe it was just I?

It isn't gut wrenching stuff (visually speaking) we've come to expect by Cronenberg, but still he nails down a well drawn up and gripping drama/thriller.

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