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The Tommyknockers 

A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutants.
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 Jim 'Gard' Gardner 2 episodes, 1993
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 Trooper Butch Duggan 2 episodes, 1993
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 Deputy Becka Paulson 2 episodes, 1993
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 Bryant Brown 2 episodes, 1993
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 Sheriff Ruth Merrill 2 episodes, 1993
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 Marie Brown 2 episodes, 1993
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 Joe Paulson 2 episodes, 1993
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 Nancy Voss 2 episodes, 1993
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 Ev Hillman 2 episodes, 1993
Chuck Henry ...
 Chaz Stewart 2 episodes, 1993
Leon Woods ...
 Hilly Brown 2 episodes, 1993
Paul McIver ...
 Davey Brown 2 episodes, 1993
Yvonne Lawley ...
 Mabel Noyes 2 episodes, 1993
William Johnson ...
 Elt Barker 2 episodes, 1993
John Steemson ...
 Barney Applegate 2 episodes, 1993
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Peter Rowley ...
 Benton Rhodes 2 episodes, 1993
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 Mr. Arberg 2 episodes, 1993
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 Patricia McCardle 2 episodes, 1993
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 Student Bartender 2 episodes, 1993
Kay Helgenberger ...
Larry Sanitsky ...
 Neurologist 2 episodes, 1993
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 Neurologist #2 2 episodes, 1993
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 Dr. Etheridge 2 episodes, 1993
Daniel Bieber ...
 Boy at Vet 2 episodes, 1993
Timothy Bartlett ...
 Mr. Allison 2 episodes, 1993
Karyn Malchus ...
 Tommyknocker 2 episodes, 1993
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The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover the secret of the Tommyknockers. Written by Niz

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A chilling thriller from the master of horror. See more »

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Rated R for sci-fi terror/horror | See all certifications »

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9 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Stephen King's The Tommyknockers  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Stephen King novels are criticized for having a lot of swearing in them, and the novel makes a remark about that. See more »

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When Tracy goes to open the lipstick laser to use it on Gard, the lipstick appears instead of the green laser, as in all the other scenes when she went to use the laser, there was no lipstick in it. See more »

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Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson: [to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Joanna Cassidy
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It came from out of the sky.
17 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This adaption of Stephen King's novel leaves a lot to be desired. Even the book was a slow read; but some major elements of the novel and lead characters were totally reworked for the movie and King's intent is by the wayside. A UFO crash lands in the forest guarding Haven, Maine and the impact burrows the craft into the ground. Eminent vibrations from the alien craft has citizens creating mechanical gadgets for no good reason, while some of the inhabitants just disappear or gravitate to the dig site trying to unearth the alien ship.

Jimmy Smits seems out of place playing the alcoholic writer and eventual hero. His awkward performance still out shines the rest of the cast except for Marg Helgenberger. She is very easy on the eye and plays her character flawlessly. Former porn star Traci Lords still needs a lot of work to move into mainstream movies. Her part was played over the top and becomes quite irritating. Not as abrasive as Allyce Beasley and Robert Carradine. Cliff De Young plays the cheating husband effortlessly. Joanna Cassidy and E.G. Marshall round out the diverse cast.

The special effects, namely the aliens buried in the craft are pretty top notch for a made-for-TV project. Stephen King is my favorite writer and I do have to agree with those that think Tommyknockers is no where near his better work. But in this case, read the book first and then watch this presentation. It is not what it could have been...better.


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