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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series The Twilight Zone (1959).

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Car Driver (Prologue)
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Larry (Segment #1)
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Ray (Segment #1)
Rainer Peets ...
German Officer (Segment #1) (as Remus Peets)
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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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On June 24th, four acclaimed directors, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante and Steven Spielberg take you to another dimension. See more »

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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24 June 1983 (USA)  »

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It's a Good Life  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,500,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Helen Foley was born in 1956. See more »

Goofs

Anthony discovers a hidden note, which he holds flat in the palm of his hand. When the camera cuts closer to reveal what's printed, the note is pinched between his thumb and forefinger. See more »

Quotes

Anthony: [Anthony transports his sister Ethel into a cartoon world where she is eaten by a cartoon wolf] Th-th-th-that's all, Ethel!
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Connections

Referenced in Wired (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Written by Leadbelly and Alan Lomax
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Watch Me Pull A Rabbit Out Of A Hat....
6 October 1999 | by (Venice Beach, CA.) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of the series, and I remember being obsessed with TZ The Movie when it was released. I was 12, after all!!

Recently watched the film again for the first time in at least 15 years. I was blown away by the final segment, it's truly a classic which really scared the stuffing outta me. That evil little girl who takes Polaroids of everything freaked me out to no end. For me, it's the only segment in which the quality of the writing matches the direction and visuals from beginning to end.

I saw the original episode upon which Joe Dante's (3rd) segment is based when I was spending the night at my friend's house in 4th grade. It, too, really frightened me. I remember thinking to myself how hopeless the situation was-- if you even TRIED to not think bad thoughts about Anthony, you would end up thinking them, and he could still get you!! And didn't he "wish someone away to the cornfield"?? Man, that's some serious freakiness.

I thought the design of that segment in the movie was incredible, I'll never forget the mom holding the fishbowl, or the ferocious rabbit creature, or what happens to Ethel ("Run, Ethel....!") But the ending is truly atrocious and almost ruins what has come before.

What can I say about the other two segments? Better scripts were needed in order to make them work. And in the case of "Kick the Can", sticking more closely to the original episode would have given it more impact. (Not to mention firing Steven Spielberg.)And it's sad seeing Vic Morrow in his final role-- I'll always think of him as the sadistic coach in THE BAD NEWS BEARS, which is one of my all-time favorites.

All in all, a very uneven movie which improves steadily as it goes along. 6/10.


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