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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:
Laura Hatch
Bob Irisen
Helen Hughes ...
Grandma Belle Hatch
Alex Lastewka ...
Ryan Hatch
Thomas Lastewka ...
Ryan Hatch
Megan Kitchen ...
Ronnie Vae
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama | Family


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night of the Twisters  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Near the end of the film when the Hatches, Jenny and Bob outrun the tornado in their vehicles, they all park under an overpass for shelter. However while only Bob and Jenny exit their vehicle and the Hatches remain in their station wagon, weather experts have noted that it is extremely dangerous to take shelter under overpasses due to the Bernoulli effect, increasing the tornado danger by increasing wind speeds and funneling debris under the overpass. See more »


Arthur Jones: [the words "TORNADO WARNING" are flashing on the TV screen] What does that thing mean?
Dan Hatch: It basically means we're in deep trouble.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits do not display the full cast. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Belongs on MST3K
11 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I am meteorologist by degree. They either had no scientific consultants or they came pretty cheap. Worse science than "Twister". My favorite line is when the "meteorologist" says that the northwest to southeast movement of the storms is so unusual that in his 25 years of experience he has never seen storms move that way. In fact, they move that way pretty often and TEND to become severe as a result. The guy was asleep on the job for 25 years. Those who know how to forecast tornadoes by turning their television sets on and adjusting the brightness should also:

1) Wear aluminum foil on their heads to keep the aliens from reading their minds 2)Turn the TV off, because "They're here!" 3)Stop adjusting their set, because "We control the horizontal. We control the vertical".

This movie might fool some very naive people, but even my wife, who is no dummy, laughed out loud at the first rotating radar image of a "bizarre" thunderstorm.

Excuse me. I have to puke.

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