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The Tommyknockers: :  -- A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Lawrence D. Cohen (teleplay)
Stephen King (novel)
Contact:
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
9 May 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door... See more »
Plot:
A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
Plan 9 from Stephen King See more (44 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 28 of 29)

Jimmy Smits ... Jim 'Gard' Gardner (2 episodes, 1993)

Marg Helgenberger ... Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson (2 episodes, 1993)

John Ashton ... Trooper Butch Duggan (2 episodes, 1993)

Allyce Beasley ... Deputy Becka Paulson (2 episodes, 1993)

Robert Carradine ... Bryant Brown (2 episodes, 1993)

Joanna Cassidy ... Sheriff Ruth Merrill (2 episodes, 1993)

Annie Corley ... Marie Brown (2 episodes, 1993)

Cliff De Young ... Joe Paulson (2 episodes, 1993)

Traci Lords ... Nancy Voss (2 episodes, 1993)

E.G. Marshall ... 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)
Rick Leckinger ... Jingles (2 episodes, 1993)
Peter Rowley ... Benton Rhodes (2 episodes, 1993)

John Sumner ... Mr. Arberg (2 episodes, 1993)

Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Patricia McCardle (2 episodes, 1993)

Craig Parker ... Student Bartender (2 episodes, 1993)
Kay Helgenberger ... Pearl (2 episodes, 1993)
Larry Sanitsky ... Neurologist (2 episodes, 1993)
Helen Medlyn ... Neurologist #2 (2 episodes, 1993)

Jim McLarty ... 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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Series Directed by
John Power (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Writing credits
Lawrence D. Cohen (2 episodes, 1993)
Stephen King (2 episodes, 1993)

Series Produced by
Jayne Bieber .... producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Lawrence D. Cohen .... co-producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Frank Konigsberg .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Larry Sanitsky .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Jane Scott .... producer (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Original Music by
Christopher Franke (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Cinematography by
Dan Burstall (2 episodes, 1993)
David Eggby (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tod Feuerman (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Casting by
Judith Holstra (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Production Design by
Bernard Hides (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Art Direction by
Virginia Bieneman (2 episodes, 1993)
Laurie Faen (2 episodes, 1993)
Kim Sinclair (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Makeup Department
Amanda Butler .... assistant makeup artist (2 episodes, 1993)
Marjory Hamlin .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Joan Petch .... key hair stylist (2 episodes, 1993)
Francia Smeets .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Production Management
Honor Byrne .... assistant production manager (2 episodes, 1993)
Jane Gilbert .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1993)
Joan Petch .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1993)
Peta Sinclair .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Martin .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1993)
Chris Webb .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Art Department
Mark Brown .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1993)
Mark W. Brown .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1993)
Chris Hollyer .... props (2 episodes, 1993)
Neil Kirkland .... set designer (2 episodes, 1993)
Sue Mercer .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 1993)
Ray Pedler .... scenic artist (2 episodes, 1993)
Peter Remmers .... harry artist (2 episodes, 1993)
Philip Worth .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Bergren .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Gary Bolger .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Myron Nettinga .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Tom Perry .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Fred Schultz .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Richard Thomas .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
Tony Gardner .... project supervisor: Tommyknockers design and creation: for Alterian Studios Inc. (2 episodes, 1993)
Vance Hartwell .... alien supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
John Henry Jr. .... project coordinator: Tommyknockers design and creation: for Alterian Studios Inc. (2 episodes, 1993)
Clint Ingram .... special effects (2 episodes, 1993)
Brian Penikas .... alien supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Arthur Spink Jr. .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 1993)
Richard Taylor .... alien supervisor: New Zealand (2 episodes, 1993)

Tim Turner .... special makeup effects: Alterian Studios (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Heather Davis Baker .... rotoscope artist (2 episodes, 1993)
Jenny Fulle .... visual effects producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Rick Hilgner .... visual effects (2 episodes, 1993)
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Tad Pride .... mechanical props supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
David B. Sharp .... model supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Jesse Silver .... matte artist (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Stunts
Shane Dawson .... lead stunt double (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Cervin .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1993)
Donald Duncan .... director of photography: second unit (2 episodes, 1993)
Darrin Keough .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 1993)
Brian Mahoney .... additional lighting assistant (2 episodes, 1993)
Rob Marsh .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1993)
Danny Thompson .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1993)
Dennis Williams .... key grip (2 episodes, 1993)
David Williamson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1993)

Michael Pinkey .... director of photography: additional unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Maggie Maxwell .... additional casting (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Taryn De Chellis .... costume consultant (2 episodes, 1993)
Caroline Skakel .... assistant costume designer (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Editorial Department
Terry Blythe .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Dave Hussey .... colorist (2 episodes, 1993)
Scot J. Kelly .... associate editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Michael S. Murphy .... additional editor (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Music Department
The Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra .... music performed by (2 episodes, 1993)
Christopher Franke .... musician: additional performance (2 episodes, 1993)
Richard E. Roth .... music producer / music recordist (2 episodes, 1993)
Alan Wagner .... conductor (2 episodes, 1993)
Marty Wereski .... music editor (2 episodes, 1993)

Edgar Rothermich .... music producer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Spencer Faulkner .... unit driver (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Other crew
Honor Byrne .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
Lynn-Maree Danzey .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Vance Hartwell .... puppeteer (2 episodes, 1993)
Maude Heath .... location manager (2 episodes, 1993)
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production accountant (2 episodes, 1993)
Susan Parker .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
Bonnie Weis .... assistant production accountant (2 episodes, 1993)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sci-fi terror/horror
Runtime:
181 min | 120 min (cut version) | Japan:120 min (video version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to author Stephen King The Tommyknockers is an allegory for his own personal battles with substance abuse. The character of Jim Gardener is largely based upon King himself.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gard is on the disk that controls the ship, he has a nose bleed. His face is alternately clean/bloody in subsequent shots.See more »
Quotes:
Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson:[to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Tomi Knockers (1994) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Star-Spangled BannerSee more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Plan 9 from Stephen King, 7 February 2010
Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA

Stephen King was bored one afternoon, so he scribbled out a story about some buried artifacts being uncovered and possessing people's brains. In this town, there's not much in the way of brains to take over. You know that somebody's possessed; how? They have green neon eyes, that's how. Why you hear little kids singing a jump-rope rhyme is never explained, but it sure is annoying.

Let's back up a moment. This is one of those King novels that was turned into a mini-series. Leave about 30% of the footage on the cutting room floor to shave this to its proper run time, and it would be better. The entire first two hours is character development: a complete waste of time because possessed people lose their personalities anyway. The blonde bimbo never has a personality-before or after possession-but I digress. The main problem is that the townsfolk are eminently boring. Those that get possessed, have weird green eyes, but they're still boring. There are some moments of gross-out bloody deaths, but somehow the film makes even these dull.

A quick note: the cast is not at fault for the shallow characters. The acting is rather professional and convincing (considering what they had to work with), and rises miles above the juvenile writing. The only fault the actors had was allowing their agents to sign them up for this pointless misfire.

The film does scratch out a few useful moments here and there; the closing sequence is interesting, even though it predictably fails to resolve anything.

Rent Plan 9, instead. At least that film is funny.

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