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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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 Stu Redman (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Frannie Goldsmith (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Randall Flagg (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Nadine Cross (4 episodes, 1994)
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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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 Harold Lauder (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Trashcan Man (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Larry Underwood (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Glen Bateman (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Nick Andros (4 episodes, 1994)
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 Ralph Brentner (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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 Rat Man (3 episodes, 1994)
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 Julie Lawry (3 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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 Joe (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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 Teddy Weizak (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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 Dr. Herbert Denninger (2 episodes, 1994)
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 Monster Shouter / ... (2 episodes, 1994)
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 Sarge (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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Trivia

For years it was planned to make this story into a theatrical film, directed by George A. Romero. Stephen King did many drafts to make it of a suitable length for a feature film, and when he couldn't get it short enough they considered breaking it into two separate films before finally letting Rospo Pallenberg write a draft. But before they could make it, King was offered the chance to make this mini-series for television. See more »

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When Nick and Tom first meet Ralph, they are headed in opposite directions, but going to the same place. Nick and Tom get into Ralph's truck and head back the way they came from, yet they are all allegedly headed to Nebraska. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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BOOGIE FEVER
Performed by The Sylvers
Written by Freddie Perren (as Frederick J. Perren) and Kenneth St. Lewis
Polygram International, Inc. / Perren-Vibes Music, Inc.
Songs of Polygram International, Inc. / Bull Pen Music
Produced by Freddie Perren (as Frederick J. Perren)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from Cema Special Markets
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Miniseries can be good after all. And you must watch this, whether sitting or "stand"ing.
21 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Usually, when we hear about a TV miniseries, we probably think "Oh God! Another product placement adaptation of a classic novel! Why does Hollywood do this to us?! I'll watch that as soon as there's a snowstorm in Rio de Janeiro!" And since Stephen King's novels are so great, any adaptation of them is suspect, but surely a TV adaptation would have to be the sort of thing that would make "Ishtar" look like a cross between "Gone with the Wind" and "Citizen Kane".

Well, "The Stand" is nothing like that. I don't think that in all possibility they could have done a better job with this movie. It slowly but surely builds up the plot, then lets everything happen, and by the end, you're completely blown away.

In case you're unfamiliar with the story, it goes like this. Everything in the world is going normally, when one day, a plague starts killing everyone off. People are dying by the thousands, and the government only sees fit to declare martial law. And in the midst of it, a few people are totally immune to the disease. As the movie progresses, these people start converging on a place out in the desert. But all the while, there is an evil man plotting things. And knowing that these people have converged on a place, he may just have his own plans for them.

The truth is, I can't do "The Stand" justice by describing it. It's the sort of movie that you can't possibly understand unless you actually see it. And believe you me, you will get blown away like never before. But I can say that the martial law scenes give one a feeling of what may be coming given the current state of the world.

And the cast. Any time that a movie has a giant cast, it's once again suspect; sometimes, movies have giant casts for no other purpose except to show off a bunch of stars. This one not only has the perfect cast, but it's clearly not for show. Gary Sinise is the nominal star, but there are several others. Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Miguel Ferrer, Matt Frewer, Ray Walston and Rob Lowe, to name a few. Appearing in smaller roles are Ed Harris, Kathy Bates, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even Mike Lookinland (Bobby on "The Brady Bunch").

Look, every minute that you sit there and read my review is another minute when you're not watching the movie. SO GET OUT THERE AND RENT IT!!!!! It might just save your life one day.


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