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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 »
User Reviews:
Disney noir? A wonderful adaptation. See more (67 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)
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Phil Fondacaro ... Demon Clown (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... (uncredited)
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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 
 
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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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
The lines: "And in despair I bowed my head; 'There is no peace on earth,' I said; 'For hate is strong, and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!' Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 'God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men'" is from "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day," a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem "Christmas Bells" by American poet (from Maine) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.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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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Disney noir? A wonderful adaptation., 30 September 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

It was almost too much to hope that someone would make a movie version of Ray Bradbury's outstanding fantasy novel 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' that did justice to it, but director Jack Clayton did. He and his cohorts managed to capture all the dark, ominous portents and mysterious, mystical happenings that fill Bradbury's book.

Set earlier in this century, a carnival comes to a small town at a strange time of year, October. But then it's a mighty strange carnival, one that fulfills the fantasies--and fears--of the town's residents. Two young boys, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade (Vidal Peterson and Shawn Carson) find out the foreboding and forbidden secrets of the carnival, as does the tired, prematurely old man (Jason Robards) who is Will's father.

As has been noted, there probably isn't another film with the Walt Disney name on it that is as dark as this one. It may be too frightening in parts for very young children and too disturbing at times for slightly older ones. A person's enjoyment of the film would be helped considerably by reading the book beforehand, much like Kubrick's '2001...' Besides those already mentioned, some of the good performances in the movie come from Royal Dano, James Stacy, and Jonathan Pryce as Mr. Dark.

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