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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  29 April 1983 (USA)
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Halloway
Mrs. Nightshade
Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson ...
Will Halloway
Shawn Carson ...
Jim Nightshade
Mary Grace Canfield ...
Miss Foley
Richard Davalos ...
Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel ...
Mr. Tetley
Dr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer ...
Mr. Cooger
Mrs. Halloway
Dust Witch
Brendan Klinger ...
Cooger as a Child
James Stacy ...
Ed, The Bartender


In Green Town, Illinois, the twelve year-old boys Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade are neighbors and best friends. Will's father Charles Halloway is an old man and the local librarian while Jim and his mother wait for the return of the return of their father and husband that will never occur. The boys know everyone in town, including their school teacher Miss Foley that misses her beauty and youth; the lonely barber Mr. Crosetti that has no girlfriend or wife; the greedy owner of a cigar store Mr. Tetley that is obsessed with money; and the bartender Ed that has severed arm and leg and dreams on being a football hero. One day, Jim buys a lightning rod from the salesman Tom Fury that tells that a storm is coming. During the night, the boys overhear a mysterious train and they run through the woods to see the arrival but they do not see a living soul. However, they find the Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival ready to be enjoyed and they snoop around. Soon they realize that frustrated and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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29 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Cos paskudnego tu nadchodzi  »

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Disney made many changes to the film which writer Ray Bradbury and director Jack Clayton did not intend. Many extra special effects scenes were shot by a second unit director after original production wrapped, and other changes were made before its release. According to the laserdisc commentary by Bradbury, much of his original intentions for the movie were destroyed. See more »


When Jim Nightshade buys the lightning rod with cash and coin, he has a Lincoln Memorial penny, which wasn't minted until 1959. The story is set earlier. See more »


Charles Halloway: Boys, what the hell is going on around here?
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A movie that has something to say, and not just for the kids.
6 March 2000 | by (Mesa, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is always touted as a movie for children but not much is mentioned of the way it is also aimed at adults. The narration is skillfully done by Arthur Hill. In the beginning he speaks of his "first look into the fearful needs of the human heart." Maybe it's just me, but that sounds fairly mature. And the theme of the movie, selling ones' soul to the devil is both scary and grown up. And the final theme, the one of love overcoming regret is very adult. Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451 and Martian Chronicle fame) adapted his own story for the screen and did a wonderful job. This movie has a lot of mood and atmosphere too. This is a movie both children and adults can enjoy.

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