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"It" (1990) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1990-1990

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It: :  --  	In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again


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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
Lawrence D. Cohen (teleplay) (part I)
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Release Date:
18 November 1990 (USA) See more »
Your every fear - all in one deadly enemy. See more »
In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown. Full summary »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Solid adaptation of a great book See more (454 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 19 of 59)

Harry Anderson ... Richie Tozier (2 episodes, 1990)

Dennis Christopher ... Eddie Kaspbrak (2 episodes, 1990)

Richard Masur ... Stanley Uris (2 episodes, 1990)

Annette O'Toole ... Beverly Marsh (2 episodes, 1990)

Tim Reid ... Mike Hanlon (2 episodes, 1990)

Jonathan Brandis ... Bill Denbrough - Age 12 / ... (2 episodes, 1990)
Brandon Crane ... Ben Hanscom - Age 12 / ... (2 episodes, 1990)

John Ritter ... Ben Hanscom (2 episodes, 1990)

Richard Thomas ... Bill Denbrough (2 episodes, 1990)
Adam Faraizl ... Eddie Kaspbrak - Age 12 / ... (2 episodes, 1990)

Tim Curry ... Pennywise (2 episodes, 1990)

Emily Perkins ... Beverly Marsh - Age 12 / ... (2 episodes, 1990)

Marlon Taylor ... Mike Hanlon - Age 12 / ... (2 episodes, 1990)

Seth Green ... Richie Tozier - Age 12 (2 episodes, 1990)

Ben Heller ... Stanley Uris - Age 12 / ... (2 episodes, 1990)
Jarred Blancard ... Henry Bowers - Age 14 (2 episodes, 1990)
Tony Dakota ... Georgie Denbrough (2 episodes, 1990)

Olivia Hussey ... Audra Denbrough (2 episodes, 1990)

Chelan Simmons ... Laurie Anne Winterbarger (2 episodes, 1990)

Series Directed by
Tommy Lee Wallace (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Writing credits
Stephen King (2 episodes, 1990)
Lawrence D. Cohen (1 episode, 1990)
Tommy Lee Wallace (1 episode, 1990)

Series Produced by
Mark Bacino .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1990)
Allen S. Epstein .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1990)
Jim Green .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1990)
Matthew O'Connor .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Original Music by
Richard Bellis (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Cinematography by
Richard Leiterman (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Film Editing by
David Blangsted (2 episodes, 1990)
Robert F. Shugrue (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Casting by
Victoria Burrows (2 episodes, 1990)
Mark Tillman (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Design by
Douglas Higgins (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Art Direction by
Eric Fraser (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Set Decoration by
Sandy Arthur (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Costume Design by
Monique Prudhomme (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Makeup Department
Donna Bis .... hair stylist supervisor (2 episodes, 1990)
Susan Boyd .... assistant hair stylist (2 episodes, 1990)
Jayne Dancose .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1990)
Bart Mixon .... special make-up effects / special make-up effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1990)
Jo-Anne Smith-Ojeil .... assistant special makeup effects (2 episodes, 1990)
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... special makeup effects artist (1 episode, 1990)

Sydney Silvert .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
George Horie .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrice Leung .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)
Sandra Mayo .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Art Department
Craig Henderson .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 1990)
Hank Mayo .... concept designer (2 episodes, 1990)
Grant Swain .... property master (2 episodes, 1990)

Ignacio McBurney .... on set dresser (unknown episodes)
Dan Platt .... sculptor (unknown episodes)
Aaron Sims .... character designer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Richard Patton .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1990)

Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Ted Johnston .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Tom Ruff .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
James G. Williams .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
John Deall .... special effects crew (2 episodes, 1990)
Tony Lazarowich .... special effects assistant (2 episodes, 1990)
John Thomas .... special effects coordinator (2 episodes, 1990)

Bob Comer .... animatronics (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Gene Warren Jr. .... special visual effects supervisor: Fantasy II (2 episodes, 1990)

David Emerson .... optical camera (unknown episodes)
Michael Joyce .... model shop supervisor (unknown episodes)
Bret Mixon .... roto supervisor (unknown episodes)
Tim Scannell .... rotoscope artist / camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Ken Kirzinger .... stunts (2 episodes, 1990)
Michael Langlois .... stunts (2 episodes, 1990)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (2 episodes, 1990)

Kevin J. Andruschak .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Mike Mitchell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Clothier .... steadicam operator (2 episodes, 1990)
Paul Guenette .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (2 episodes, 1990)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1990)
Nick Kuchera .... key grip (2 episodes, 1990)
Jeff Upton .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1990)
Peter F. Woeste .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Casting Department
Sid Kozak .... casting: Canada (2 episodes, 1990)
Louise Mackiewicz .... extras casting assistant (1 episode, 1990)
Series Editorial Department
Ulla Hoeller .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990)
Bob Shugrue Jr. .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990)

Nigel Hollick .... assistant editor: Canada (unknown episodes)
Reine-Claire .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Ted Bauman .... location manager (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Music Department
Ray Colcord .... musician: synthesizer (2 episodes, 1990)
Craig Pettigrew .... supervising music editor (2 episodes, 1990)

John Beal .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
Jimmy Bryant .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Lawrence Albright .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Jean Bereziuk .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1990)
Jeff Gaffin .... accounting executive (2 episodes, 1990)
Gretchen Goode .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1990)
Laurie McLay .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1990)

Jodi Duncan .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stephen King's It" - USA (complete title)
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192 min | 187 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (DVD rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Michael Cole got so much into the scene where he's trying to kill Mike that it was difficult for John Ritter and Dennis Christopher to pull him off of Tim Reid.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Georgie is playing with his newspaper boat, you can see the string that is pulling it along the gutter.See more »
Pennywise:Hi, Georgie! Aren't cha gonna say... *hello*?
George 'Georgie' Elmer Denbrough:[shakes head]
Pennywise:Awww, come on bucko! Don't you want a... balloon?
George 'Georgie' Elmer Denbrough:I'm not supposed to take stuff from strangers; My dad said so.
Pennywise:Very wise of ya dad, Georgie - very wise indeed. I Georgie, am Pennywise the Dancin Clown- and you, are Georgie! So now we know each other! Keeerect?
George 'Georgie' Elmer Denbrough:I guess so... I gotta go.
Pennywise:Go? Without this?
[showing Georgie his fallen paper boat]
George 'Georgie' Elmer Denbrough:[cries out] It's My Boat!
Pennywise:EEX-actly! Go on Kiddo... Take it.
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What is "IT"?
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79 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
Solid adaptation of a great book, 6 November 2004
Author: Superunknovvn from Austria, Vienna

This is a very entertaining made for TV mini-series. It does a good job at jamming a book with more than 1000 pages into 2x90 minutes movie running time. The most important parts have been adopted, unnecessary fat was thrown out, little amandments have been made, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The writers really tried to remain faithful to the novel and even mentioned side characters or story lines in short sentences for those who have read the book. The coolest thing, however, is that director Tommy Lee Wallace somehow managed to transfer that unique spirit of nostalgia, friendship and fear into his movie. Of course, the incredible cast deserves a lot of credit for that, too. Amazingly the child actors of part 1 upstage their adult companion pieces of part 2. The greatest performance of all, however, is given by Tim Curry, who really gives "It" a face, and a very scary one. He makes this movie what it is. In my opinion, it's the role of Curry's career, even outshining his part in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".

Now for the bad sides of "It": as a made for TV project this movie obviously couldn't get too graphic and violent and that's a bit of a pity. Stephen King's book is awfully graphic and the movie would have been twice as scary if they had shown a bit more gore. Mostly Pennywise just appears and shows his sharp teeth and that gets lame after a while. The other big minus of this film is its ending. It has to be said that the ending in the book is so bizarre it's unlikely it could ever look good on celluloid. Still, those crappy special effects were just disappointing and made me (and everyone else I know) go: "Is that what I've been waiting for the last 3 hours? That is the big climax?"

Bottom line is that for a TV movie with such strict time limits "It" did a very good job at bringing this scary book to life. Nevertheless, I think the story should be retold properly and turned into a mini-series à la "Twin Peaks". The only problem is that it's going to be hard to find someone who can fill Tim Curry's giant clown shoes.

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