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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)
Annette Claudier ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Good Life  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,500,000 (USA)
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For each of the four segments, each director (Steven Spielberg, John Landis, George Miller and Joe Dante), would use their regular production teams, with Spielberg and Landis acting as producers of the film as an independent production financed by Warner Bros. Richard Matheson was hired to adapt and expand the three stories from the original series. See more »

Goofs

In the airplane, the window shade in the seat next to the main character repeatedly opens and closes between shots. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Slash (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

National Geographic Fanfare
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Performed by Albert Brooks with alternate lyrics
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Agreeable and enjoyable homage to the Rod Serling TV series
20 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Five episodes realized as tribute to Rod Serling's Twilight zone, made by four known directors . It's is divided into 4 parts , three of them real remakes from classic television series, though starts in a prologue stars Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd . The best directed by John Landis is the first, where a bigot (played by Vic Morrow who died during filming by a helicopter crash accident) who becomes pursued of evil Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and American soldiers in Vietnam. The second segment directed by Steven Spielberg is a silly story about old people living in a retirement house who turn into little boys, thanks a strange visitor (Scatman Crothers). The third directed by Joe Dante concerns about a young woman (Kathleen Quinlan) encounters a kid with rare powers and some people (Kevin McCarthy, William Schallert,among them) closed at a strange house. And fourth episode titled 'Nightmare at 20.000 Feet' deals with a terrified passenger(John Lightow) who watch a creepy monster making rare issues on the wing of the plane.

The picture contains good special effects in traditional style without excessive computer generator as usual nowadays. The master Jerry Goldsmith composes a magic musical score particularly reflected on the second episode titled 'Kick the can' . Colorful and imaginative cinematography especially in the third segment titled 'It's a good life'. Rating : Acceptable and passable, the picture will appeal to fantastic genre buffs.

The classic long-running television series is formed by 156 episodes and its narrator , of course, Rod Serling. Later on, in 2002 are realized 44 new episodes with Forest Whitaker as host.


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