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Director:
Writers:
Ray Bradbury (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury (novel)
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Release Date:
29 April 1983 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
After he fulfills your deepest, lifelong dream...he'll tell you the price you have to pay. See more »
Plot:
In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(189 articles)
User Reviews:
Disney does darkness See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
George Probert .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman .... cable person (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... mechanical special effects
Willard Livingston .... mechanical special effects
Hans Metz .... mechanical 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)
 
Stunts
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
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Edward James Olmos was offered the role of Mr. Dark, but turned it down.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Charles Halloway:[to Mrs. Nightshade] For God's sake, go home! The man meeting you here isn't your husband!See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Disney does darkness, 8 October 2001
Author: mikerichards from Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK

Ray Bradbury's 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is a classic novel about the transition from childhood to being an adult. It deals with becoming independent from our parents, the dread of loosing a loved one and the very real possibility of being alone in the world. There is also the classic morality story of there being no such thing as a free gift - there is always some price to be paid.

This is a very dark story set in the classic mid-Twentieth century America of a Rockwell painting. The most innocent of places with the very best people you could imagine. But underneath the pristine surface, there is something dark gnawing at their souls. When a carnival comes to town, blown in with the autumn winds, it begins to feed on the evil in the town.

As a piece of cinema this is truly gorgeous, best seen through a good film print or the laserdisk transfer. The opening scenes of the autumnal countryside are superlative and are almost too pretty to be true, which only serve to contrast the darkness of the later scenes.

The central performances are all absolutely excellent. Jason Robards is almost typecast as Mr Halloway, the decent American father, but manages to pull some subtleties out of what could have been a by-the-numbers performance. You are never in doubt that he really does love his son and the exchanges between them ring true. Halloway is a man with a lifetime of regrets; missed opportunities and poor decisions who realises that he is the only person standing in the way of evil. Robard's performance is magical; you can't help but empathise with him.

Particularly when evil is played by a young and rarely bettered Jonathan Pryce. As the sleek and lupine Mr. Dark he comes across as the ultimate Victorian villain - one moment charming, the next terrifying beyond belief. Wonderful delivery of fabulous lines raise this bad guy above almost others in recent movies. The conflict between Dark and Halloway in the library is an all-time classic, both spitting their lines in a scene that will have you on the edge of your seat.

The movie is aided by some top-notch effects that still look good in the CGI age. Once again the library scene is perfection, with effects being used to enhance the acting - not overwhelm it. As Dark tears pages from a book, they flare up, illuminating the scene briefly before returning it to gloom. It may not sound much, but compared to the modern orgies of graphics, it is a blessed relief.

'Something Wicked...' is one of the last horror movies that allowed the audience's own fears to do most of the work. It didn't play gross just to get a quick scream and a guilty laugh, it builds on the very real fears we have inside our heads and lets them do the hard work.

Bradbury adopted his own book into the movie and fortunately kept almost all of the material. A pre-Eisner Disney then made a neglected classic without worrying if the Sand Witch would look good in a burger chain promotion.

Oh and then there are the spiders, but that would be telling...

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