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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)
Kai Wulff ...
Sue Dugan ...
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Waitress No. 2 (Segment #1)
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Bar Patron (Segment #1)
Annette Claudier ...
Joseph Hieu ...
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Stephen Bishop ...
Thomas Byrd ...
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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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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 »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Good Life  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,500,000 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Landis's segment is the only segment that is written and directed by the same person. Steven Spielberg, George Miller and Joe Dante's segments were written by other writers. 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

German Officer: [in German to Bill Connor] Are you English? What are you doing here?
German Officer: You are an American? Why are you here?
German Officer: What are you doing here? What are you doing here!
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonanza Theme
Music by Jay Livingston
Performed by Albert Brooks
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Good homage to the classic anthology TV series
18 September 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Twilight Zone: The Movie" is a mostly entertaining anthology film based on Rod Serling's classic TV series of the 1960s. Four bizarre tales are told through the minds of four different filmmakers: John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller (Landis and Spielberg also produced). "Twilight Zone: The Movie" starts with a brief prologue starring Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks. Then comes segment #1, directed by Landis. This is the part of the movie that made headlines around the world when a freak accident killed actor Vic Morrow and two children while shooting a helicopter scene (which is not seen in the film). This story is about an angry man (played by Morrow) who is not happy with America because of all the different races that are living in the country. Then something strange happens. When the man steps outside of a bar, he finds himself on a street in Nazi Germany; a few minutes later he's confronted by the Klu Klux Klan; then he discovers he's in the middle of the Vietnam War; and so on. As for how this segment goes, it's only so-so. However segment #2, directed by Spielberg, is the weakest story of the bunch. Scatman Crothers stars as an elderly man who comes to live at a retirement home. After making friends with some of the elderly people living there, he talks them into playing a spirited game of kick the can. This is no ordinary game. Let's just say that its a game with a fountain of youth twist to it. I found this segment real boring. Up to this point, "Twilight Zone: The Movie" is disappointing. But then the film picks up with the strong last two segments. Segment #3, directed by Dante, stars Kathleen Quinlan as a woman who meets a little boy after accidentally knocking him off of his bike with her car. She decides to give the boy a ride home. But this is no ordinary home. It's a house where every TV set has a cartoon on, and the boy's family act like a bunch of crazy people (like their cartoons themselves). Quinlan begins to realize that this kid is not normal. This segment works because it's creepy (the look of the house on the inside is fascinating) and funny (every member of the kid's family is a complete nut). Ah, but the best segment comes last. Segment #4, directed by Miller, is a truly scary tale starring John Lithgow (from TV's "3rd Rock From the Sun") as a terrified passenger of an airplane flying through a severe thunderstorm. Things get worse when Lithgow see's something on the wing of the plane. What is it? A man? Or is it a monster? This segment literally had me on the edge of my seat. It's an excellent finale to "Twilight Zone: The Movie". So my advice is skip the first two segments, but watch the last two.

Here's my separate ratings for each segment (out of four stars):

Segment #1: **1/2; Segment #2: *1/2; Segment #3: ***1/2; Segment #4: ****

This adds up for an estimated combined rating of *** stars.


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