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


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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 »
Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door... See more »
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:
Initially promising, ultimately very disappointing See more (40 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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?

The plot where the wife kills her adulterous husband with the TV was earlier written as a short story called "The Revelations of 'Becca Paulson".See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson:[to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "G.I. Joe" (1985)See more »
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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Initially promising, ultimately very disappointing, 21 July 2000
Author: mikehellens from London

Aside from the odd exception, Stephen King has rarely transfered well to the big or small screen, and along comes this little mini-series which is a by-numbers example of what actually gets lost in translation. Firstly: when these novels are adapted for the screen, fundamental elements of the plot are excised or replaced, and this is true of even the better King-flicks ("The Shining" and "Carrie" are just as guilty as pulp trash like "Needful Things" and "Cujo"). "The Tommyknockers" begins as if it's going to buck the trend, establishing the majority of the usual King misfits early on, and actually adds a little suspense by not showing its hand too early - for example, this adaptation does not make clear what's buried out back in Bobbie's farm straight away. But as the town begins to be affected by said item, it's off into it's own world, and toss the novel out the window. Granted, some of the more imaginative gimmicks the township dreams up cannot be translated to screen with the appropriate panache, especially with the meagre budget allocated to this project - but does everything need to look so cheap? Much of the dialogue at best doesn't ring true, at worse stinks. Witness the actually quite good Marg Helgenberger delivering some awful lines ("Gard, let's experience it together!") but in an offhand way that suggests that she's really aware that she's not in a Mamet play, but, Hell, let's make the best of it anyway. Any good points? Well, Joanna Cassidy is always worth watching, but an actress of her class still can't make a thrown together middle-age romance look realistic. Helgenberger and Allyce Beasley come out of it with the least mud sticking. Worst crimes? Jimmy Smits completely miscast, terrible dialogue, cheap effects, complete massacre of the source material, Traci Lords all at sea outside of a John Waters movie or skinflick ... the list goes on.

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