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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
Tom Holland (teleplay)
Contact:
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
14 May 1995 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Prepare yourself for the flight of your life! See more »
Plot:
Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport. Full summary »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Faithful TV adaptation delivers within its boundaries See more (184 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 23)

Patricia Wettig ... Laurel Stevenson (2 episodes, 1995)

Dean Stockwell ... Bob Jenkins (2 episodes, 1995)

David Morse ... Brian Engle (2 episodes, 1995)

Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Nick Hopewell (2 episodes, 1995)

Frankie Faison ... Don Gaffney (2 episodes, 1995)
Baxter Harris ... Rudy Warwick (2 episodes, 1995)
Christopher Collet ... Albert Kaussner (2 episodes, 1995)
Kimber Riddle ... Bethany Simms (2 episodes, 1995)

Kate Maberly ... Dinah Bellman (2 episodes, 1995)

Bronson Pinchot ... Craig Toomy (2 episodes, 1995)
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Series Directed by
Tom Holland (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Writing credits
Tom Holland (unknown episodes)
Stephen King (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Mitchell Galin .... executive producer (unknown episodes, 1995)
Michael Gornick .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1995)
David R. Kappes .... producer (unknown episodes)
Richard P. Rubinstein .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Vladimir Horunzhy (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Cinematography by
Paul Maibaum (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ned Bastille (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Production Design by
Evelyn Sakash (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Harry Darrow (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Linda Fisher (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Tom Irvin .... special makeup effects artist: XFX Inc. (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Charles Miller .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Levine .... second assistant director (unknown episodes, 1995)
Deborah L. Marrs .... second assistant director (unknown episodes, 1995)
Danielle Rigby .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes, 1995)
Michael Green .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
David R. Kappes .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey Lazar .... additional first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Ed Healy .... scenic artist (unknown episodes, 1995)
Tobey L. Levine .... assistant props (unknown episodes, 1995)
Shelagh Talbot .... set dresser (unknown episodes, 1995)
Peter Thurrell .... set dresser (unknown episodes, 1995)
Arthur A. Wood III .... set dresser (unknown episodes, 1995)
Brian Buteau .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Sean Fallon .... property master (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Neil Cedar .... foley recordist (unknown episodes)
John Hassler .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Bill Marino .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
Grant Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Dow McKeever .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
Jay Meagher .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Regina Mullen .... supervising adr editor (unknown episodes)
Ray Palagy .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Tony Pipitone .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Randy Smith .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Vincent J. Guastini .... modeler/creature designer (unknown episodes)
Shirley Montefusco .... special effects crew (unknown episodes)
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects supervisor: pyro/mech (unknown episodes)
Keith Suzuki .... special effects foreman (unknown episodes)
Beecher Tomlinson .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Marc Lougee .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Steven Meyer .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Guy D'Alema .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1995)

Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Sean Anastasion .... electrician (unknown episodes)
John Farr .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Edwin M. Figueroa .... second unit: key grip (unknown episodes)
S. William Hinzman .... director of photography: additional photography (unknown episodes)
David R. Kappes .... camera operator: second unit (unknown episodes)
Eric Lee .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Thom Willey .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl G. Smith .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Roger Doran .... colorist (2 episodes, 1995)

Ann L. Moore .... assistant editor (unknown episodes, 1995)
 
Series Other crew
Maryann Cuneo .... assistant: Mr. Rubinstein (unknown episodes, 1995)
Mary Gambardella .... script supervisor (unknown episodes, 1995)
Linda Housworth Klipper .... assistant: Mr. Galin (unknown episodes, 1995)
Rosina Lardieri .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1995)
Kim E. Lombardi .... clearance coordinator (unknown episodes, 1995)
Meredith C. Milder .... assistant: Mr. Holland (unknown episodes, 1995)
Shirley Sonderegger .... assistant: Mr. King (unknown episodes, 1995)
Diane Vilagi .... production executive (unknown episodes, 1995)
Steven Caouette .... assistant: Mr. Pinchot (unknown episodes)
Matthew T. Chambers .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Eric Chase .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Aaron Curran .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
R. Kappes .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Matt LaPointe .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Norm Nelson .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Elizabeth J. Nevin .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Pamela Williamson .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stephen King's The Langoliers" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and some sci-fi terror
Runtime:
180 min | 60 min (3 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In a scene, one of the characters mentions it's impossible to go back in time, and for example stop the Kennedy assassination. This is the main topic for one of Stephen King's more recent novels, "11.22.63"See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The bullet casings in the gun Toomey finds are clearly spent when he checks them.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Hopewell:[after Albert has knocked C. Toomey unconscious] You did *this* with a toaster?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
What are some of the differences between the film/miniseries and the novella?
When Brian was talking with Nick near the end, what was it Brian said he did that he "never thought he would do."?
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70 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Faithful TV adaptation delivers within its boundaries, 4 October 2004
Author: steevbishop from Southampton, UK

Deep within the video cabinet, my girlfriend pulled out a movie she wanted me to see. I had to watch it, and I couldn't question her choice. And so I watched Stephen King's The Langoliers. Seeing as my girlfriend is a huge mark for King's work, I wouldn't have been surprised by the choice, neither would I be surprised after watching the opening credits that I was in for a low-budget, made for TV effort. While thinking it was a late-80s, early-90s movie I still wasn't shocked it turned out to be a 1995 production. I sat there and expected ropey effects, some dodgy acting and uninspiring production, and again I wasn't surprised. When something like this gets the green light, you have to believe that at least there's a good underlining story. Thankfully that's where The Langoliers delivers. The medium expects you to suspend your disbelief, and you have to do so to get the most out of this, but the premise is strong and the characters, while clichéd which is unavoidable in this type of story, have enough depth to contribute to the plot and tackle the problems ahead.

Dean Stockwell treads water as mystery writer, Bob Jenkins, only delivering lines; a shame given the character's contribution. David Morse (Cpt. Engle) and Mark Lindsay Chapman (Nick Hopewell) do the most to carry the movie along both as characters and performers. I was most impressed with Morse's very matter of fact take of the pilot. Pinchot's Craig Toomey, the loopy head case that's always tough to get right, doesn't quite hit the mark but gets very close. The other actors are substandard TV movie fare, particularly Maberly's poorly acted blind girl, Dinah. She nails acting blind, but is otherwise terribly distracting (rather like Kimber Riddle's hippy breasts).

The plot is involving, the concept intriguing and the whole thing unravels from the characters' perspective so you're never that far ahead and waiting for the movie to catch up with you if you start sussing things out. Suspense does build and the tension with both the incoming noise (and the unknown threat it brings) plus Toomey's threatening insanity can be tangible at points, but the main set-piece is only as effective as the budget allows. The graphics certainly do the what they're meant to but don't quite pay off the build-up.

The biggest criticism is length. I sat through this in one sitting, and three hours really drag. The intended mini-series structure is all too evident and is the only way this piece works, it feels way too long for one sitting. If you can get past the trappings of a TV movie straining at the sides of its budget and you're prepared to watch with a pinch of salt, you'll get an interesting take on time travel adequately presented. If cheesy TV movies aren't your thing, then you'd be better of reading the book. It's apparently one of the truest adaptations of King's work so let's be thankful he didn't write a stinker to begin with.

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