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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  24 June 1983 (USA)
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Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors which are their own versions of classic stories from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

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Car Driver (Prologue)
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Larry (Segment #1)
Charles Hallahan ...
Ray (Segment #1)
Rainer Peets ...
German Officer (Segment #1) (as Remus Peets)
Kai Wulff ...
Sue Dugan ...
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Waitress No. 2 (Segment #1)
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Bar Patron (Segment #1)
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Four directors collaborated to remake four episodes of the popular television series 'The Twilight Zone' for this movie. The episodes are updated slightly and in color (the television show was in black-and-white), but very true to the originals, where eerie and disturbing situations gradually spin out of control. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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You're travelling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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24 June 1983 (USA)  »

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It's a Good Life  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,500,000 (USA)
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This was the final feature for actor Eduard Franz, ending a 35 year film career. He passed away that same year. See more »

Goofs

In Segment #2, when Leo Conroy (played by Bill Quinn) is standing outside saying goodbye to his family, he is seen from behind, holding two suitcases. On the sidewalk, near the arch, there is an object, possibly a can. After his family leaves, there is another shot of him from behind, but the object has disappeared. See more »

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Co-Pilot: [John Valentine's just been taken away in the ambulance after the plane has landed] Weather hadn't broke we would've never gotten this baby down. We've had one hell of a night. We got the storm. We got the flame out. Then that freak show.
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Sky Marshal: It's ...
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References National Geographic Specials (1965) See more »

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Ain't We Got Fun
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Lyrics by Ray Egan and Gus Kahn
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The TV shows were better...
17 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

After the opening prologue with DAN AKYROYD and ALBERT BROOKS, as bored drivers on a lonely country highway who like to play pranks, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE offers four stories, supposedly in the vein of stories that Rod Serling wrote for the famous TV series. Not until the final segment, NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET does it offer the kind of fright stuff worthy of being in this anthology.

And it's a minor gem of its kind with JOHN LITHGOW giving an amazingly deft performance as a man totally afraid of flying who should have taken tranquilizers before he peered out the window. What he saw on the wing of the plane would have frightened anyone out of their wits--and, of course, no one believes him.

It's this final episode that makes the film itself worth watching. None of the other segments have enough punch to keep the viewer awake, let alone entertained. VIC MORROW's unfortunate accident came about during filming of a Vietnam sequence which does not appear in this version of the film--but he does give a convincing portrait of a bigot who gets his comeuppance. Very ironic.

Summing up: All of these stories were told with more style and suspense on the old TV shows. Strictly second-rate.


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