IMDb > Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 16 | slideshow) Videos
Something Wicked This Way Comes -- Trailer for Something Wicked This Way Comes

Overview

User Rating:
6.8/10   5,600 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Ray Bradbury (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury (novel)
Contact:
View company contact information for Something Wicked This Way Comes on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's What's Inside That Counts.... 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 
 
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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
95 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steven Spielberg was considered to direct this movie.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:I, uh, have the honor, sir.
Mr. Dark:And have had for many years, I do believe. All that time spent living only through other men's lives. Dreaming only other men's dreams. What a waste.
Charles Halloway:Sometimes a man can learn more form other men's dreams than he can from his own. Come visit me, sir, if you wish to improve your education.
Mr. Dark:I will, and I may improve yours.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Ten (2007)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
It's What's Inside That Counts...., 28 December 2000

Ray Bradbury and the makers of this film ventured into foreign territory for the Disney Studios, they went to explore the dark side of humanity and came back with the honest truth that much of humanity is plagued and there are shiny bright spots within. This film explores the petty desires of everyday people, their eagerness to give what is really important in life up for things like vanity, lust, money, etc... The story centers around two small boys, Will and Jim, and how their lives change and the townfolk around them when a carnival comes to town. The atmosphere is chilling to say the least. It is easily the darkest of any Disney film(even considering the outstanding The Hunchback of Notre Dame). It uses dark landscapes, eerie haunting music, and bleak characterizations to perfection. The acting is good all around with two standouts. Jason Robards plays Will's father, and is the epitome of flawed goodness. He suffers for his goodness but has strength of heart. Robards is wonderful, and I felt myself wishing this man had been my father(or my father more like him). For an actor to be able to create that appeal is a true feat of integrity of performance. On the other side, in a simply sinister portrayal of evil incarnate is the performance of Jonathan Pryce, an overlooked and underappreciated English actor. His performance is scary, and he chews up every and each scene he is in. The script by Bradbury himself, based on his novel, is full of rich texture and subtlety. As with just about every film adaptation, the film is not the book...but then if you wanted that you only have to sit down and read...one page at a time.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (68 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Ed, the bartender, actor James Stacy arm and leg cathy-creswell
Carnival Horror Movies rduke72
Jason Isaacs is Mr Dark supercbm7997
demons who manifest themselves within dead bodies? bladebiker82
Should this be remade? QueenOfAllRandomness
Dream cast for a new film adaptation kruegerfan97
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles The Sorcerer's Apprentice Big Fish Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.