Can two young boys overcome the worst the devil himself can deal out? Wishes are granted, but twisted as only the esteemed Mr. Dark can make them. Based on the Ray Bradbury novel. Written by
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After a poorly received test screening, Disney held back the release of the movie for a year to re-edit it, film additional and replacement scenes (including special effects sequences), add an opening narration, and hire James Horner to rewrite a completely new score, all of which added millions to the budget. It's quite obvious when watching the film which scenes, such as the spider attack and the mirror maze climax, were filmed a year after production had initially wrapped. Reportedly Bradbury and the film makers were not pleased with the studio's intervention nor the effects it had on the picture, which ended up being a flop when it was finally released in 1983 despite Disney's attempts to make it more audience friendly. 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 »
Some folks draw lightning to them as a cat sucks in a baby's breath.
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A movie that has something to say, and not just for the kids.
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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