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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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Tough Guy (as Daniel Petronijevic)
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Storyline

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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The lives of the people of Blainsworth, Nebraska, are about to change forever. See more »

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Action | Drama | Family

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14 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Night of the Twisters  »

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Trivia

The movie is based on the novel written by Ivy Ruckman. See more »

Goofs

When the tornado is wrecking Dan's house. There is a scene where water is sucked through the toilet and the very next scene shows it shooting out of the stink pipe. This is impossible. When water gets flushed down the toilet, it goes through a different pipe in the floor. The stink pipe is connected to the fan(s) on the bathroom ceiling. See more »

Quotes

Jenny: What happened?
Arthur Jones: He crashed and burned.
Dan Hatch: [to Arthur] Hey, I can speak for myself, thanks.
[to Jenny]
Dan Hatch: Crashed and burned.
Jenny: [laughs] Well, at least you didn't get hurt.
Dan Hatch: I'll just have to find a new sport.
Arthur Jones: Hm. Only sport you haven't failed at is yo-yo.
Dan Hatch: Shut up.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Never judge a book by its movie
26 June 2003 | by (united states) – See all my reviews

Well, there was nothing else on TV and having read and enjoyed the book of the same title, and having a fascination with tornadoes, we figured, what the heck. The names of the characters were the same and tornadoes happened, but that was about it. The book by Ivy Ruckman (based on a real tornado event in Grand Island, Nebraska) featured true suspense, with some of the lesser known effects of tornadoes such as sucking drains and popping ears adding an eeriness to the story, without resorting to a lot of special effects and overdone drama. I guess every such movie needs a family conflict of sorts, thus the completely fabricated tension between Dan and his father. The dialog featured many comedic moments from "Where are the chickens?" (as a family stands, completely oblivious to the howling winds (until someone warns them -- almost unheard over the tempest) -- they live here, right and have seen such weather before?) to "Is he hurt?" about a man trapped under a truck. We howled right along with the storm.


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