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Release Date:
29 April 1983 (USA) See more »
After he fulfills your deepest, lifelong dream...he'll tell you the price you have to pay. See more »
In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Autumn Carnival See more (72 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Robards ... Charles Halloway

Jonathan Pryce ... Mr. Dark

Diane Ladd ... Mrs. Nightshade

Royal Dano ... Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson ... Will Halloway
Shawn Carson ... Jim Nightshade
Mary Grace Canfield ... Miss Foley
Richard Davalos ... Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel ... Mr. Tetley

Jack Dodson ... Dr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer ... Mr. Cooger

Ellen Geer ... Mrs. Halloway

Pam Grier ... Dust Witch
Brendan Klinger ... Cooger as a Child
James Stacy ... Ed, The Bartender
Angelo Rossitto ... Little Person #1
Peter Risch ... Little Person #2 (as Peter D. Risch)
Tim T. Clark ... Teenage Boy
Jill Carroll ... Teenage Girl
Tony Christopher ... Young Ed
Sharan Lea ... Young Miss Foley
Scott De Roy ... Cooger as a Young Man
Sharon Ashe ... Townswoman
Arthur Hill ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Phil Fondacaro ... Demon Clown (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Clayton 
Writing credits
Ray Bradbury (screenplay)

Ray Bradbury (novel)

Produced by
Peter Douglas .... producer (as Peter Vincent Douglas)
Dan Kolsrud .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum 
Film Editing by
Barry Mark Gordon 
Argyle Nelson Jr.  (as Argyle Nelson)
Casting by
Virginia Higgins 
Pam Polifroni 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald  (as Richard MacDonald)
Art Direction by
Richard Lawrence  (as Richard James Lawrence)
John B. Mansbridge 
John Marshall 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Edie Panda .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... creative makeup
James R. Scribner .... makeup artist (as Jim Scribner)
Stan Winston .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
Richard Learman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Cameron .... additional second assistant director
Christopher Disney Miller .... additional second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
Dan Kolsrud .... first assistant director
Lisa Marmon .... second assistant director
Stephen McEveety .... first assistant director: special effects (as Steve McEveety)
Art Department
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
Joseph Hurley .... production illustrator (as Joe Hurley)
Michael Peraza Jr. .... conceptual artist
Mark Sparks .... propmaker
Yarek Alfer .... sculptor (uncredited)
Jesse Silver .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Alan Sims .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Daniel Turk .... foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Bisenz .... production sound mixer
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (as Bob Hathaway)
David M. Horton .... special sound effects creator
Al Maguire .... dialogue editor
Joseph A. Parker .... supervising sound effects editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording supervisor (as Richard R. Portman)
Richard Portman .... special sound effects creator (as Richard R. Portman)
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor (uncredited)
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Al Maguire .... adr editor (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
George Probert .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman .... cable person (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... mechanical special effects
Richard L. Hill .... special effects crew
Richard L. Hill .... special effects
Willard Livingston .... mechanical special effects
Hans Metz .... mechanical special effects
Brick Price .... special effects
Isidoro Raponi .... mechanical special effects
Roland Tantin .... mechanical special effects supervisor
Tom von Badinski .... welder
Gary D'Amico .... special effects (uncredited)
George Paine .... miniatures (uncredited)
John Palmer .... special effects: WonderWorks (uncredited)
Robert G. Willard .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... special photographic effects
William L. Arance .... airbrush artist (as W.L. Arance)
Allen Blyth .... animator (as Wm. Allen Blyth)
Ed Coffey .... animator
Clint Colver .... composite supervisor
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Lee Dyer .... special visual effects
Harrison Ellenshaw .... special effects consultant
Gail Fox .... animator
Allen Gonzales .... animator
Bill Kilduff .... opticals supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... matte artist
Phil Meador .... special photographic effects
John Norton .... animator
Darrell Rooney .... animator
Scott Santoro .... animator
Jesse Silver .... matte artist
Ron Stangl .... animation production coordinator
Richard Sullivan .... scene planner (as Richard T. Sullivan)
Michael Wolf .... effects animation supervisor
David Halver .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Lynda Thompson .... visual effects assistant scene coordinator (uncredited)
Susan Turner .... visual effects (uncredited)
Bruce Woodside .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts (as Charles Tamburro)
Jeff Viola .... stunts
Scott Land .... stilt walker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Elliot Davis .... camera operator
Jan Kiesser .... additional photography
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Faso .... costumer: men
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: women (as Jennifer Parsons)
Jack Sandeen .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Axel Hubert .... assistant film editor (as Axel Anton Hubert)
Music Department
Dennis Ricotta .... music editor
Jack Wadsworth .... supervising music editor
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... music arranger: Beethoven (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor
Susan Becton .... production coordinator
Jeanie Sims .... creative consultant
Bayard Veiller .... production coordinator
Cardon Walker .... production coordinator
Mark Harden .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator/pilot (uncredited)

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
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After a poorly received test screening, Disney held back the release of the movie for a year to re-edit , film additional and replacement scenes (including special effects sequences) with a second unit director, add opening narration, and hire James Horner to rewrite a completely new score, all of which added millions to the budget. When watching the film, it's quite obvious which scenes, such as the spider attack and the mirror maze climax, were filmed nearly a year after original production had wrapped. Reportedly, Bradbury and the original film makers were not pleased with the studio's intervention, nor the effects added. The picture ended up being a flop when it was finally released in 1983, despite Disney's attempts to make it more audience friendly.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Will Halloway:If you're a good person, then demons can't harm you, can they? Am I? Am I a good person?
Charles Halloway:Well, I wouldn't count on your mother's answer right now, but I think you are.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Autumn Carnival, 17 July 2015
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Green Town, Illinois, the twelve year-old boys Will Halloway (Vidal Peterson) and Jim Nightshade (Shawn Carson) are neighbors and best friends. Will's father Charles Halloway (Jason Robards) is an old man and the local librarian while Jim and his mother wait for the return of their father and husband that will never occur. The boys know everyone in town, including their school teacher Miss Foley (Mary Grace Canfield) that misses her beauty and youth; the lonely barber Mr. Crosetti (Richard Davalos) that has no girlfriend or wife; the greedy owner of a cigar store Mr. Tetley (Jake Dengel) that is obsessed with money; and the bartender Ed (James Stacy) that has severed arm and leg and dreams on being a football hero. One day of Autumn, Jim buys a lightning rod from the salesman Tom Fury (Royal Dano) that tels 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 greedy people are vanishing in town and the evil Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and the Dust Witch (Pam Grier) from the carnival make their dreams come true. In return, Mr. Dark seizes their souls. Now Mr. Dark is seeking the boys out but Charles Halloway has a journal from his father about the autumn carnival that might be their last chance to defeat the evil.

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" is an impressive movie with many layers with a story by Ray Bradbury. It is amazing how a story about greedy, vanity and shattered dreams can be seen and understood in different levels, depending on your age and life experience. The dialogs and lines are mature, but children will have a different understanding. Unfortunately this little gem is underrated and not well- known. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): Not available on VHS, DVD or Blu-Ray

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