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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 June 1983 (USA)
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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Passenger / Ambulance Driver (prologue / segment "Time Out")
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Car Driver (prologue)
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Larry (segment "Time Out")
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Ray (segment "Time Out")
Rainer Peets ...
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Sue Dugan ...
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Waitress No. 2 (segment "Time Out")
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Bar Patron (segment "Time Out")
Annette Claudier ...
Joseph Hieu ...
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Stephen Bishop ...
Thomas Byrd ...

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Storyline

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! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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24 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Good Life  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

In the diner, when Kathleen Quinlan is asked where she is from and where she is going, she answers with two town names that were used in old "Twilight Zone" episodes: "Homewood," from The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance (1959), and "Willoughby," from The Twilight Zone: A Stop at Willoughby (1960). The cook refers to "Cliffordville," from The Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville (1963). See more »

Goofs

In Segment #3 "It's A Good Life", shadows of the crew can be seen moving on the ground next to the large tree as the camera pans following Helen Foley's car as it arrives at Anthony's house. See more »

Quotes

Ambulance Driver: So, you had a pretty big scare up there, huh?
John Valentine: [chuckles embarrassingly] Oh yeah!
Ambulance Driver: [smiles] You wanna see something really scary?
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References Mad Max (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonanza Theme
Music by Jay Livingston
Performed by Albert Brooks
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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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