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Night of the Twisters (1996)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Family | TV Movie 14 February 1996
The residents of a small town come face to face with a deadly and unpredictable series of tornadoes. Among them is one boy struggling to keep his family safe in the dangerous weather.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Ferry ...
Helen Hughes ...
Alex Lastewka ...
Thomas Lastewka ...
Megan Kitchen ...
Graham McPherson ...
Ted Simonett ...
Tough Guy (as Daniel Petronijevic)
Don Allison ...


A Nebraska farm community is plagued by a storm with a series of tornados acting against normal patterns. Dan is left at home to look after his baby brother Ryan along with his friend Arthur while Dan's mother is at work. His stepfather goes to check on his grandmother. When a tornado destroys the house, Dan and Arthur attempt to re-unite the family Written by Jim Brawn <jim_brawn@amuc.mtroyal.ab.ca>

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A family fights to survive nature's deadliest force See more »


Action | Drama | Family


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14 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Night of the Twisters  »

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Night of the Twisters aired on Feburary 16th, 2002 on the television channel RTL 2 in Germany. See more »


In the scene where the tornado approaches the house and Danny tries to get Ryan from his collapsed crib in his bedroom, the wind pushes Danny to the window. The tornado is seen approaching from the window, but there are no homes or trees on the ground even though trees are shown to be located surrounding the house in an earlier establishing shot when Danny and Arthur ride their bikes to Danny's house. See more »


Stacey Jones: [Stacy and Ronnie notice Danny and Arther wrestling on the ground] I hope I'm not interrupting anything too... macho?
Dan Hatch: No no... we were, just uh... testing the ground.
Arthur Jones: Yeah!
Dan Hatch: Nice and soft.
Stacey Jones: Hmm.
Arthur Jones: So uh, did Mom and Dad leave yet?
Stacey Jones: Yeah, big romantic weekend out on the lake.
Dan Hatch: So, uh, who's looking after you guys?
Stacey Jones: I'm in charge.
Arthur Jones: What could happen?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A Real Family Movie
1 September 2000 | by (Kingwood, Texas) – See all my reviews

My kids and I have almost memorized the lines to "Night of the Twisters", we've seen it so many times! We have so many favorite scenes and lines that it's difficult to compile them all here! One thing for sure: You can watch this with your mother and not be embarrassed. It's about a family facing a natural disaster and its aftermath with courage and compassion. The filmmakers didn't succumb to any sexual innuendoes or "bad attitude" dialogue either. Some parts are kinda corny, but all in all, it's a refreshing change from the usual TV movie fare. I really enjoy watching Dan and Arthur "jamming" up in Dan's room before the storm hits; plus, how Dan so nonchalantly checks on his baby brother in the storm's beginning stages. Watch it when you can.

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