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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 »
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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 »
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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:

Brian Hemenway ... SS Officer (uncredited)

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)

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:
Vic Morrow, Renee Chen, and My-ca Dinh Le, were killed on set when a helicopter crashed on them during the filming of a Vietnam battle sequence. Attorney James Neal defended John Landis - who, along with George Folsey Jr., Dan Allingham, Paul Stewart and Dorcey Wingo - was charged with involuntary manslaughter. All were found not guilty.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Narrator:You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Twilight Zone.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Mad Max (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
NIGHTS ARE FOREVERSee 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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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Hit and Miss, 26 May 2005
Author: jrs-8 from Chicago

As is the case with movie anthologies, "Twilight Zone - The Movie" is hit and miss. If there was a movie destined to have four short stories that were all home runs it was this one. But the film falls short partially due to the expectations of the fans of the TV show and partially due to the fans expectations of the results of the four directors. What was most interesting back in 1983 was which ones hit and which ones missed.

The prologue gets things going in the right direction with Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd as two guys traveling down a dark and seemingly lonely road. What transpires in pure Twilight Zone. Then we move into the first story which is directed by (as was the opening prologue) John Landis. Landis, who got the whole project off the ground, foolishly decided to go with an original story instead of updating a classic episode. His story is that of a bigot who constantly and bitterly complains about the minorities who are getting job promotions and moving into his neighborhood. Of course the bigot then gets a real taste of what it feels like to be frowned upon as a minority. Basically that is the whole story in a nutshell. Landis provides no real twists to his story to give us that Twilight Zone flavor after the first few minutes. Once we see where the story is headed it never changes directions. For film buffs Landis adds a nice touch with a subtle reference to his classic "Animal House" in the Vietnam section of the story. Of course it should be noted that this was the story being shot when Vic Morrow and two children were tragically killed which would explain its abrupt ending. The two children are never seen which would suggest perhaps Landis had more to tell but we'll never know. Of the four this is the weakest story.

Story two is not much better then the first which is particularly surprising since Steven Spielberg is at the helm for this one. It's a remake of "Kick the Can" which was not one of my favorite episodes from the series and Spielberg adds nothing to his version. It's the tale of residents of an old folks home who encounter a new resident who promises them something no one of this Earth could possibly give them. While the story and individual moments are very sweet it goes absolutely nowhere. Having just come off "E.T." perhaps Spielberg was in that same gushy mood at that time.

Story three picks things up drastically and heads us in the right direction. Directed by Joe Dante who, at that time, was best known for "The Howling" with films such as "Gremlins" still in his future, this is the story of a little boy who hears people's thoughts and has a way of "wishing people away" if he gets angry enough at them. Kathleen Quinlan plays an unsuspecting traveler who goes to the boy's home and realizes almost immediately things are not normal. The star of this story is the art direction and sets as we are transformed into almost cartoon like worlds that are both funny and frightening.

The last and best story is the tale of a frightened airline passenger (well played by John Lithgow) who threatens the safety of everyone when he seems to be the only person that sees a creature on the wing of the airplane. George Miller, best known for the "Mad Max" movies, was smart enough to pick a popular episode from the series and he delivers with a bang. When you leave the theater this is the story you remember most.

On the whole the film is worth watching especially after the first 45 minutes. Landis and Spielberg perhaps were a little too high on their horses and thought whatever they did would work. Apparently they under estimated the legions of Zone fans. I'd love to see someone try another Twilight Zone movie someday and try re-working some of the other most famous episodes. I should also mention the terrific musical score by Jerry Goldsmith. Its one of his least mentioned but I think it's one of his best.

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