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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Car Driver (Prologue)
Larry (Segment #1)
Ray (Segment #1)
Rainer Peets ...
German Officer (Segment #1) (as Remus Peets)
Kai Wulff ...
Sue Dugan ...
Waitress No. 2 (Segment #1)
Bar Patron (Segment #1)
Annette Claudier ...
Joseph Hieu ...
Stephen Bishop ...
Thomas Byrd ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

24 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Good Life  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$29,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before this movie became an anthology of four stories, Warner Bros. initially explored a single story film idea with the cooperation of Rod Serling's wife Carol Serling. One of these ideas was Miracle Mile (1988) written by Steve De Jarnatt, who went on to make that film in 1988. See more »


In Segment #4, Mr. Valentine sits in seat 4A, but later on he is sitting directly over the wing. Seat 4A would not be over the wing on any modern commercial aircraft. See more »


Mrs. Weinstein: Birdie with the yellow bill hopped upon my window sill, cocked his shining eye and said 'ain't you shamed you sleepy head?'
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Twilight Zone Theme
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Two strong stories, and two rather weak ones.
30 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

This movie opens with a rather humorous opening featuring Dan Akroyd and Albert Brooks as it has them discussing various things when they finally come upon the "you want to see something scary" topic of discussion. This is a kind of pre credit introduction to the horrors and wonders of the twilight zone. It then proceeds to a story of a man who is rather racist so he is the first to enter the realm and of course he is put through a lot including being in a rather bad story that was not very twilight like that ended up being part of a tragic Hollywood story as a helicopter accident would take the lead actor Morrow and two child actors. The second story follows a group of elderly people in a nursing home who are about to get a visit from an older man who has a special kind of gift from them. This story was weak too, as it was just a bit to cutesy for my tastes. Finally, the movie gets good as we have the story of a boy with a special secret. He is hit by a woman and she proceeds to take him home to meet his very strange family. This story is good, but it ends rather weakly. Finally, the highlight of this movie a story featuring John Lithgow as a passenger on a plane that is in the middle of a rather violent storm. Add to that he has a dreaded fear of flying and add to that the fact he seems to see a person on the wing of the plane and this person or thing is doing harm to the engines. Add a better ending to story three and just get two different stories all together for the first film and maybe this movie would not have to rely on one story to save the day which the last one does.

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