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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 mutants. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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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 .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Myron Nettinga .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Tom Perry .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Fred Schultz .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Larry Stensvold .... 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 Location Management
Maude Heath .... location manager (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)
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:
Stephen King novels are criticized for having a lot of swearing in them, and the novel makes a remark about that.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gard and Bobbi are first lowered into the ship, Gard has nothing in his hands. On the way down, he suddenly has a flashlight.See more »
Quotes:
Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson:[to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Star-Spangled BannerSee more »

FAQ

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no tension, 21 February 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

It's the small town of Haven Falls, Maine. Bryant Brown (Robert Carradine) owns the local diner. Sheriff Ruth Merrill (Joanna Cassidy) is a doll collector. Nancy Voss (Traci Lords) is the vain postmaster who is having an affair with fellow postal worker Joe Paulson (Cliff De Young) who is cheating on his wife Deputy Becka Paulson (Allyce Beasley). Bobbi Anderson (Marg Helgenberger) discovers something mysterious in the woods and feels driven to start digging it up. Jim Gardner (Jimmy Smits) is her recovering alcoholic boyfriend. Trooper Butch Duggan (John Ashton) is sweet on Sheriff Ruth who was his partner's wife. People in town start putting together gadgets that are powered by a green light and reading others' minds.

I wonder if this is better as a shorter movie rather than a 3 hour mini-series. There isn't any mystery since almost everything is laid out right away anyways. It feels too extended with sections that has no tension. The acting is generally good with solid TV actors. It's definitely not cinematic. It's a middling adaptation of yet another Stephen King novel. It's like an extremely extended Twilight Zone episode.

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