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Writers:
Rod Serling (television series The Twilight Zone)
John Landis (prologue)
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Release Date:
24 June 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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!
Plot:
Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors which are their own versions of classic stories from Rod Serling's landmark television series. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Very good See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dan Aykroyd ... Passenger / Ambulance Driver (Prologue / Segment #4)

Albert Brooks ... Car Driver (Prologue)

Vic Morrow ... Bill Connor (Segment #1)

Doug McGrath ... Larry (Segment #1)
Charles Hallahan ... Ray (Segment #1)
Rainer Peets ... German Officer (Segment #1) (as Remus Peets)
Kai Wulff ... German Officer (Segment #1)
Sue Dugan ... Waitress No. 1 (Segment #1)

Debby Porter ... Waitress No. 2 (Segment #1)

Steven Williams ... Bar Patron (Segment #1)
Annette Claudier ... French Monther (Segment #1)
Joseph Hieu ... Vietnamese (Segment #1)

Al Leong ... Vietnamese (Segment #1)
Stephen Bishop ... Charming G.I. (Segment #1)
Thomas Byrd ... G.I. (Segment #1)
Vincent J. Isaac ... G.I. (Segment #1)
Bill Taylor ... G.I. (Segment #1) (as William B. Taylor)
William S. Taylor ... G.I. (Segment #1)
Domingo Ambriz ... G.I. (Segment #1)
Eddy Donno ... K.K.K. (Segment #1)
Michael Milgrom ... K.K.K. (Segment #1)

John Larroquette ... K.K.K. (Segment #1)

Norbert Weisser ... Soldier No. 1 (Segment #1)

Scatman Crothers ... Mr. Bloom (Segment #2)
Bill Quinn ... Mr. Leo Conroy (Segment#2)
Martin Garner ... Mr. Weinstein (Segment #2)
Selma Diamond ... Mrs. Weinstein (Segment #2)
Helen Shaw ... Mrs. Dempsey (Segment #2)
Murray Matheson ... Mr. Agee (Segment #2)
Peter Brocco ... Mr. Mute (Segment #2)

Priscilla Pointer ... Miss Cox (Segment #2)
Scott Nemes ... Young Mr. Weinstein (Segment #2)
Tanya Fenmore ... Young Mrs. Weinstein (Segment #2)

Evan Richards ... Young Mr. Agee (Segment #2)
Laura Mooney ... Young Mrs. Dempsey (Segment #2)
Christopher Eisenmann ... Young Mr. Mute (Segment #2)
Richard Swingler ... Mr. Gray Panther (Segment #2)
Alan Haufrect ... Mr. Conroy's Son (Segment #2)
Cheryl Socher ... Mr. Conroy's Daughter-in-Law (Segment #2)
Elsa Raven ... Nurse No. 2 (Segment #2)

Kathleen Quinlan ... Helen Foley(School Teacher)(Segment#3)
Jeremy Licht ... Anthony (Segment #3)

Kevin McCarthy ... Uncle Walt (Segment #3)

Patricia Barry ... Mother (Segment #3)

William Schallert ... Father (Segment #3)

Nancy Cartwright ... Ethel (Segment #3)

Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley(Diner Owner)(Segment#3)

Cherie Currie ... Sara (Segment #3)

Bill Mumy ... Tim (Segment #3)
Jeffrey Bannister ... Charlie(Diner Patron)(Segment#3)

John Lithgow ... John Valentine (Segment #4)

Abbe Lane ... Sr. Stewardess (Segment #4)

Donna Dixon ... Jr. Stewardess (Segment #4)

John Dennis Johnston ... Co-Pilot (Segment #4)

Larry Cedar ... Creature (Segment #4)
Charles Knapp ... Sky Marshal (Segment #4)
Byron McFarland ... Pilot Announcement (Segment #4)

Christina Nigra ... Little Girl (Segment #4)
Lana Schwab ... Mother (Segment #4) (as Lonna Schwab)
Margaret Wheeler ... Old Woman (Segment #4)

Eduard Franz ... Old Man (Segment #4)
Margaret Fitzgerald ... Young Girl (Segment #4)

Jeffrey Weissman ... Young Man (Segment #4)
Jeffrey Lampert ... Mechanic No. 1 (Segment #4)
Frank Toth ... Mechanic No. 2 (Segment #4)
Carol Serling ... Passenger (Segment #4)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Burgess Meredith ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Rod Serling ... Narrator (end of Segment #4) (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Carol Vogel ... (uncredited)

Tom Willett ... K.K.K. (Segment #1) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joe Dante (segment 3)
John Landis (prologue & segment 1)
George Miller (segment 4)
Steven Spielberg (segment 2)
 
Writing credits
Rod Serling (television series The Twilight Zone)

John Landis (prologue)

John Landis (segment 1)

George Clayton Johnson (segment 2) screenplay "Kick the Can" and
Richard Matheson (segment 2) and
Melissa Mathison (segment 2) (as Josh Rogan)

Jerome Bixby (segment 3) story "It's a Good Life" and
Richard Matheson (segment 3)

Richard Matheson (segment 4) short story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and
Richard Matheson (segment 4) screenplay "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"

Robert Garland  uncredited

Produced by
Jon Davison .... associate producer (segment 4)
Michael Finnell .... associate producer (segment 3)
George Folsey Jr. .... associate producer: prologue and segment 1
Kathleen Kennedy .... associate producer (segment 2)
John Landis .... producer
Frank Marshall .... executive producer
Steven Spielberg .... producer
Jon Davison .... producer (segment 3) (uncredited)
Michael Finnell .... producer (segment 3) (uncredited)
Kathleen Kennedy .... producer (segment 2) (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Allen Daviau (segments 2, 4)
John Hora (segment 3)
Stevan Larner (prologue and segment 1)
 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell (prologue and segment 1)
Tina Hirsch (segment 3)
Michael Kahn (segment 2)
Howard E. Smith (segment 4) (as Howard Smith)
 
Casting by
Marci Liroff 
 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Sawyer (segment 1)
James H. Spencer (segment 4)
 
Set Decoration by
Jackie Carr (segment 2) (segment 3) (segment 4)
Barbara Krieger (segment 1)
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman (segment 1)
Deborah Lynn Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects artist (segment 3)
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects designer (segment 3)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (segments 2-4) (as John Elliott)
Michael McCracken .... special makeup effects artist (segment 4)
Craig Reardon .... special makeup effects artist: segments 1-4
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist (segment 1) (as Robert Westmoreland)
Michael Shawn McCracken .... special makeup effects assistant (segment 4) (uncredited)
Margaret Prentice .... special makeup effects cosmetic painter: Rob Bottin crew (segment 3 ) (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dan Allingham .... unit production manager (segment 1)
Dennis E. Jones .... unit production manager (segments 2-4)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Attias .... second assistant director (segment 2, 3 & 4) (as Dan Attias)
Elie Cohn .... first assistant director (segment 1)
Andy House .... second assistant director (segment 1) (as Alan Smithee)
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director (segment 2, 3 & 4)
Alan Smithee .... second assistant director (segment 1) (really Anderson G. House)
 
Art Department
Henry Alvarez .... sculptor
John Alvin .... poster artist
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
Gregory Pickrell .... set designer
William James Teegarden .... set designer (Segment 2, 3 & 4) (as William J. Teegarden)
Mike Villarino .... propmaker
Frank White .... labor foreman
Chris Courtois .... model maker (uncredited)
Daniel Turk .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Thomas Causey .... production sound mixer (Segment 2, 3 & 4) (as Tommy Causey)
Carl Fischer .... boom operator (prologue & segment 1)
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer (prologue and segment 1)
William B. Kaplan .... production sound mixer (Segment 1) (as Bill Kaplan)
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
David E. Stone .... sound editor
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor (as David Yewdall)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Rob Bottin .... monster effects (segment 3)
James Camomile .... special effects
Gene Grigg .... special effects assistant (segments 2-4)
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor (segments 4)
Paul Stewart .... special effects supervisor (segment 1)
Ed Verreaux .... monster effects (segment 4)
Jerry D. Williams .... special effects
Michael Wood .... special effects supervisor (Segments 2, 3 & 4) (as Mike Wood)
Beverly Hoffman .... eye designer: titles (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... visual effects (segment 4) (as David Allan)
Jim Danforth .... visual effects (segment 4)
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist (segment 3)
Peter Kuran .... visual effects (segment 4)
Jim Danforth .... effects photography (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Sari Gennis .... effects animator: titles (uncredited)
Eric Guaglione .... matte photography: DQI (uncredited)
Gregory Jein .... model builder: titles (uncredited)
Kevin Kutchaver .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Ed Manning .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Hal Miles .... titles producer and director (uncredited)
Mark Sullivan .... matte artist (segment 4) (uncredited)
Bruce Woodside .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman .... matte photographer: DQI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator
Eurlyne Epper .... stunt double
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Terry James .... stunt double: Jon Lithgow
Gary McLarty .... stunt coordinator
Thomas Byrd .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Joseph Hieu .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Leong .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Debby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Alexander .... key grip
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator (segment 3)
Richard Benda .... first assistant camera (prologue and segment 1)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (segments 2-4)
John J. Connor .... camera operator (segment 1)
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (as Richard Fee)
Mark Ludwig .... second assistant camera (prologue and segment 1)
Steve Lydecker .... camera operator (segment 1)
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera
Lee Redmond .... assistant camera
John Reynolds .... electrician
John Reynolds .... lighting technician
Arnold L. Rich .... camera operator (Segment 1) (as Arnold Rich)
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera: helicopter unit
Alex Rodriguez .... lighting technician
Roger L. Smith .... camera operator: helicopter unit (segment 1) (as Roger Smith)
John Toll .... camera operator (segments 2-4)
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator (segment 3) (uncredited)
William E. Mareneck .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Sam Cornell .... cartoon researcher (segment 3)
Sally Cruikshank .... cartoon supervisor (segment 3)
Mark Kausler .... cartoon researcher (segment 3)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... recording mixer
Robert Fernandez .... music scoring mixer
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
James Newton Howard .... song producer
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Bruce Babcock .... music copyist (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Harvey Cohen .... music copyist (uncredited)
Ian Fraser .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
James Newton Howard .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Jo Ann Kane .... music copyist (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
David Newman .... music consultant (uncredited)
David Newman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jeff Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Steve Porcaro .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peter Donen .... titles
David R. Lawson .... medic
Mark Peterson .... titles
Carol Serling .... project consultant
Kathleen Switzer .... assistant to: Mr. Spielberg
Dorcey Wingo .... helicopter pilot
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"It's a Good Life" - USA (segment title)
"Kick the Can" - USA (segment title)
"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" - USA (segment title)
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Runtime:
101 min | UK:97 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Technically, this is the second collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and composer Jerry Goldsmith. Spielberg "allegedly" had a big hand in Poltergeist (1982) and oversaw the post-production on that film and this film. This film would be the only time that Goldsmith would work with director John Landis, who had worked with the late Elmer Bernstein during that time period and was his composer of choice. He would later work with George Miller on Babe (1995), and his score was ultimately replaced by Australian composer Nigel Westlake when the film's tone changed from its original dark overtones to family fare. Goldsmith and Joe Dante would work together frequently over seven films spanning two decades before Goldsmith's untimely death in 2004. Goldsmith and Spielberg would not work together again except in a producing capacity, as John Williams is his personal composer.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In Segment #4, Mr. Valentine sits in seat 4A, but later on he is sitting directly over the wing. Seat 4A would not be over the wing on any modern commercial aircraft.See more »
Quotes:
Co-Pilot:[John Valentine's just been taken away in the ambulance after the plane has landed] Weather hadn't broke we would've never gotten this baby down. We've had one hell of a night. We got the storm. We got the flame out. Then that freak show.
Old Woman:Not to mention the gun. The gun was awful.
Sky Marshal:He didn't have a gun.
Old Man:He didn't have a gun?
Sky Marshal:No, no. He didn't have a gun. It was my gun. I'm FAA. I'm authorized to have a gun.
Jr. Stewardess:He was so crazy. He smashed the window. What was he trying to do, get out?
Sky Marshal:It's claustrophobia! They'd rather fall to the ground, than stay aboard! I've seen it happen! I've seen it!
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Twilight Zone ThemeSee more »

FAQ

Was the accident that killed Vic Morrow filmed?
Do the scenes that led to the death of Vic Morrow and the children remain in the final film?
Is there any mention of the deaths in the end credits?
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Very good, 6 February 2006
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

An affectionate homage to the old TV series. Three old episodes were updated and a new one was written. It's also narrated by Burgess Meredith who starred in quite a few of the original TV series episodes.

It starts off with a quick little prologue with Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd. It's quick, funny and provides a nice little jolt.

The first segment was newly written for the movie. It involves a bitter and racist man (Vic Morrow) getting a taste of his own medicine. This episode is clouded by the three deaths it caused--Morrow was decapitated by a helicopter blade and two Vitenamese children were crushed. John Landis (who directed this) was found not guilty in the deaths. As it stands this isn't very good. It's simplistic and heavy-handed--like a bad Zone episode.

The second one is directed by Steven Spielberg. It involves an old man (Scatman Crothers) gently bringing to life the old people at a retirement home. I'll be the first to admit that this is way too syrupy--but I have a fondness for it. The acting is good, it has a great music score and, I admit, it leaves me a little misty-eyed.

The third is directed by Joe Dante. It's a remake about a little boy who can make all of his wishes come true. It's well-directed with some truly incredible special effects and a good performance by Kathleen Quinlan. But it's seriously damaged by a silly happy ending (the original didn't have that). Billy Mumy (the star of the original) has a bit part and Dante regular Dick Miller shows up as Walter Paisley.

The fourth is the best. It's directed by George Miller and is a remake of the William Shatner episode where he spots a gremlin tearing apart the plane he's flying on. The gremlin in the original looked pretty ridiculous--like a teddy bear. Here John Lithgow plays the passenger and the gremlin is more than a little scary-looking. This segment moves and has a few great jolts. Also Carol Serling (Rod Serling's wife I believe) has a bit part.

All in all an enjoyable film. I liked it when I saw it in a theatre in 1983 and it still holds up today. I give it an 8.

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