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The Dead Zone -- A man awakens from a 5 year coma to discover he has a psychic abilities.
The Dead Zone -- A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.


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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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound 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 .... sound 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
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
David Coatsworth .... location manager
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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One of only three David Cronenberg films that do not have a score by his friend, composer Howard Shore. This was due to studio politics in which Paramount wanted a more familiar composer to write the music for the film. Michael Kamen, who had written the music for the film Venom (1981) for the studio, was chosen instead.See more »
Continuity: 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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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
dead zone, lively film, 3 August 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

It seems that movies starring Christopher Walken just can't go wrong! David Cronenberg's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dead Zone" features him in one of his most interesting roles as literature teacher Johnny Smith, who becomes psychic after surviving a car wreck. He uses his newfound power to help people avoid danger, but soon faces a moral dilemma when it looks like political candidate Greg Stilson (Martin Sheen) may become the next Hitler.

This is one of those movies that has shades of everyone involved in it. Walken's eerie presence, Sheen's (apparent) "aw shucks" demeanor, plus the horrific feeling of Cronenberg and King. You're sure to love it. Also starring are Brooke Adams as Johnny's ex hubby, and Herbert Lom as a doctor (you may expect him to launch into an anti-Clouseau diatribe, but his role here is as far removed from Commissioner Dreyfus as possible).

Very well done.

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