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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 June 1983 (USA)
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

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Rainer Peets ...
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Sue Dugan ...
Waitress No. 1 (segment "Time Out")
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Waitress No. 2 (segment "Time Out")
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Bar Patron (segment "Time Out")
Annette Claudier ...
French Monther (segment "Time Out")
Joseph Hieu ...
Vietnamese (segment "Time Out")
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Vietnamese (segment "Time Out")
Stephen Bishop ...
Charming G.I. (segment "Time Out")
Thomas Byrd ...
G.I. (segment "Time Out")
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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

24 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Good Life  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,614,000, 26 June 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Academy Award nominated Composer James Newton Howard co-produced the songs "Anesthesia" and "Nights Are Forever" and was also the synthesizer programmer on this film. 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

John Valentine: [just saw the weird creature on the wing of the plane] There's a man on the wing of this plane!
[Everyone looks out the windows on his side. But the creature has disappeared]
John Valentine: There was somebody out there. You gotta believe me!
Old Woman: I saw him. Green and slimy.
Old Man: Leave the poor man alone.
Old Woman: I'm only trying to help. You've got to humor them.
John Valentine: It was lightning. At first I thought it was animal. Some kind of bird or something. But it was a man! There were flames coming out of the engine, and a flash of smoke. ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Twilight Zone Theme
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Music by Marius Constant
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The TV shows were better...
17 October 2006 | by 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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