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Writers (WGA):
Lawrence D. Cohen (teleplay)
Stephen King (novel)
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Release Date:
9 May 1993 (USA) See more »
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A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates. Full summary »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
Decent TV Stephen King Adaptation See more (41 total) »


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Jimmy Smits ... Jim 'Gard' Gardner (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
John Power (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Lawrence D. Cohen (unknown episodes)
Stephen King (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jayne Bieber .... producer (unknown episodes)
Lawrence D. Cohen .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Frank Konigsberg .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Larry Sanitsky .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jane Scott .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Christopher Franke (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Dan Burstall (unknown episodes)
David Eggby (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Tod Feuerman (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Judith Holstra (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Bernard Hides (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Virginia Bieneman (unknown episodes)
Laurie Faen (unknown episodes)
Kim Sinclair (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Amanda Butler .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Marjory Hamlin .... makeup supervisor (unknown episodes)
Joan Petch .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Francia Smeets .... hair stylist / makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Honor Byrne .... assistant production manager (unknown episodes)
Jane Gilbert .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
Joan Petch .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
Peta Sinclair .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Martin .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Chris Webb .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Mark Brown .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Mark W. Brown .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Chris Hollyer .... props (unknown episodes)
Neil Kirkland .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Sue Mercer .... graphic designer (unknown episodes)
Ray Pedler .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Peter Remmers .... harry artist (unknown episodes)
Philip Worth .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Peter Bergren .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Gary Bolger .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Myron Nettinga .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Tom Perry .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Fred Schultz .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Richard Thomas .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Tony Gardner .... project supervisor: Tommyknockers design and creation: for Alterian Studios Inc. (unknown episodes)
Vance Hartwell .... alien supervisor (unknown episodes)
John Henry Jr. .... project coordinator: Tommyknockers design and creation: for Alterian Studios Inc. (unknown episodes)
Clint Ingram .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Brian Penikas .... alien supervisor (unknown episodes)
Arthur Spink Jr. .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Richard Taylor .... alien supervisor: New Zealand (unknown episodes)
Tim Turner .... special makeup effects: Alterian Studios (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Heather Davis Baker .... rotoscope artist (unknown episodes, 1993)
Jenny Fulle .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
Rick Hilgner .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Tad Pride .... mechanical props supervisor (unknown episodes)
David B. Sharp .... model supervisor (unknown episodes)
Jesse Silver .... matte artist (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Shane Dawson .... lead stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Cervin .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Donald Duncan .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Darrin Keough .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Rob Marsh .... clapper loader (unknown episodes)
Michael Pinkey .... director of photography: additional unit (unknown episodes)
Danny Thompson .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Dennis Williams .... key grip (unknown episodes)
David Williamson .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Maggie Maxwell .... additional casting (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Taryn De Chellis .... costume consultant (unknown episodes)
Caroline Skakel .... assistant costume designer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Terry Blythe .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Dave Hussey .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Scot J. Kelly .... associate editor (unknown episodes)
Michael S. Murphy .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
The Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra .... music performed by (unknown episodes)
Christopher Franke .... musician: additional performance (unknown episodes)
Richard E. Roth .... music producer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
Edgar Rothermich .... music producer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
Alan Wagner .... conductor (unknown episodes)
Marty Wereski .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Honor Byrne .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Lynn-Maree Danzey .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Vance Hartwell .... puppeteer (unknown episodes)
Maude Heath .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Susan Parker .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Bonnie Weis .... assistant production accountant (unknown episodes)

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Rated R for sci-fi terror/horror
181 min | 120 min (cut version) | Japan:120 min (video version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Stephen King novels are criticized for having a lot of swearing in them, and the novel makes a remark about that.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The Nutcracker doll's knife has blood on it before it stabs Ruth.See more »
Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson:[to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Decent TV Stephen King Adaptation, 5 April 2008
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

The novel Tommyknockers was one of Steve King's earlier attempts to do sci-Fi, and it was only moderately successful. King fused his usual horror plot structure formula to a basic alien possession plot and added his standard strong character development. The characters were, in this case, better than the plot deserved. John Power's three-hour TV adaptation leaves most of the story intact, but drops some of the crazier and more absurd elements of the original work. Even without reading the original, those familiar with King's work will notice the restrained manner in which the climax takes place.

In the woods behind Bobbie Anderson's (Marg Helgerson) house, something is buried. Some say it is an Indian curse, some say it's a holy place, but in general, the members of the little New England town of Derry don't go there. But one day, while her recovering alcoholic boyfriend Jim Gardner (Jimmy Smits) is out doing a poetry reading, Bobbie and her dog Pete start digging. Before long, Derry starts experiencing miracles, accompanied by green glowing lights.

The casting is superb, and with the exception of an overcooked performance by Traci Lords, the acting is fairly good. Smits and Helgerberger are very good. The characterizations in this three hour long film fairly represent the original work, but the script lacks some of the original's punch. The cinematography is solid for a TV movie and the special effects are good. Tommyknockers is well edited, competently directed and fairly entertaining, but, like the original novel, it is not one of King's better works.

Recommended for King fans. Weakly recommended for Sci-Fi fans.

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