After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.
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 Mother Abagail Freemantle 4 episodes, 1994
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 Judge Richard Farris 4 episodes, 1994
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 Lloyd Henreid 4 episodes, 1994
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 Nick Andros 4 episodes, 1994
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 Lucy Swann 4 episodes, 1994
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 Dayna Jurgens 4 episodes, 1994
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 Tom Cullen 4 episodes, 1994
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 Barry Dorgan 3 episodes, 1994
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 Whitney Horgan 3 episodes, 1994
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 Susan Stern 3 episodes, 1994
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 George Richardson 2 episodes, 1994
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 Carl Hough 2 episodes, 1994
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 Gina McCone 2 episodes, 1994
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 Ace-High 2 episodes, 1994
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 Rich Moffat 2 episodes, 1994
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 Len Carsleigh 2 episodes, 1994
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When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, most of the population of the world is wiped out. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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The end of the world is just the beginning.


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8 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Stephen King's The Stand  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)
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Stephen King, an amateur musician along with friends Dave Barry and Matt Groening, included many musical references in the story. The title is based on lyrics from the Bruce Springsteen song "Jungleland". Springstein himself inspired the character Larry Underwood. "Don't Fear the Reaper," which plays over the opening credits, is also referenced at the beginning of the book. One reference in the film that does not appear in the novel is Randall Flagg's reference to "Sympathy for the Devil", one which apparently goes right over the head of Lloyd Henreid (Miguel Ferrer). See more »

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When Stu and Glen are on Glen's porch and they hear motorbikes coming, they both jump up, and Glen puts his hat on. In the next shot, when Stu comes down the porch steps, Glen is tangled in the hammock. See more »

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Mother Abigail: Mayhap!
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Featured in Brady Bunch Home Movies (1995) See more »

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SHARP DRESSED MAN
Written by Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill
Performed by ZZ Top
Hamstein Music Company
Produced by Bill Ham for Lone Wolf Productions
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By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Get snowed in one weekend and have this film on hand.
12 September 2005 | by (Doncaster England) – See all my reviews

If you are a King fan you will (no doubt) be aware that most of his works have been poorly re-produced in film and/or TV. This production is an outstanding exception. It is very faithful to the book in context and spirit ... well acted and directed.

As an aside from the movie…this story is, in my opinion, a major changing point in King's career. This story is more (or maybe as much) science fiction or fantasy than his more familiar horror style.

I am no fan of Molly Ringwald and this is her best performance of date (that I have seen). Rob Lowe (who I was also no great fan of) is brilliant and Gary Sinise as Stu was consistent and well cast.

Ruby Lee's part (probably one that would make or break the whole production) as Mother Abigail Freemantle was probably not given enough screen time but this is a HUGE book so you can't cover every moment.

Larua San Giacomo as Nadine Cross and Adam Stork as Larry Underwood were good overall but had moments of over acting….moments out of hours is not a big deal I guess! The only real disappointment was Corin Nemec as Harold Lauder. His performance was not that bad.. That was not the issue. The issue is he was all WRONG for the part. I can't think there are not fat ugly teenagers in Hollywood who could not have played this part. His "added on" acne and horn-rimmed glasses were WHOLY unconvincing. The pretty boy underneath the make up was glaringly obvious. Cast this part better and we move into 9+ ground.

This series is LONG … seeing it in one sitting (unless you are a mad-for-King fan) is probably not realistic. But if you get snowed in one weekend you will be glad you had this film on hand. The only fiction series of length I have seen that is better than this is Lonesome Dove….and that is a cast I would not want to battle for second!


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