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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:
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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Sie kämpfen gegen eine unberechenbare, tödliche übermacht! (They fight against an unpredictable, deadly superiority!) (German VHS) See more »


Action | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

14 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Night of the Twisters  »

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1.33 : 1
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Night of the Twisters aired on Tele 5 on May 21st 2006 on the television channel Tele 5 in Germany. See more »


When Dan and the rest are in the basement of his house while is being struck by the tornado, there is silence. There a chair moves being being caused by the wind, but nothing else moves. See more »


Arthur Jones: [spinning a piece of wood on a rope] It's twister Auntie Em! It's twister! AAAAAAH!
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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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