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Tornado! (1996)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Action, Drama  |  7 May 1996 (USA)
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An accountant sent to produce an evaluation of a tornado research project, and the scientist running the project pursue tornadoes and each other.

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Jake Thorne
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Samantha 'Sam' Callen
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Dr. Joe Branson
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Ephram Thorne
Bo Eason ...
Tex Fulton
Charles Homet ...
Richie Cochran
Carrie Boren ...
Mattie Peck
Aaron Izbicki ...
Oliver Nessle
John Mansfield ...
Andy Ward
Jeannie Fitzsimmons ...
Margie Ward
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Zeena
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Mr. Peck
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Mrs. Peck
Carmen Nogales ...
Lucy's Mother
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Lucy
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Storyline

Jake is a storm chaser whose friend Dr. Branson has developed a machine that can help detect tornados and provide earlier warnings. Samantha 'Sam' Callen is an auditor who has come to evaluate the project and decide whether more research should be conducted or not. Jake must try and make the machine work and also convince Sam not to shut down the research. They must also dodge tornados in the meantime. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Hell has no fury like a twister.

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Action | Drama

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Rated PG for some perilous weather sequences and mild language | See all certifications »

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7 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Chasseurs de tornades  »

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In the scenes in the newsroom of a fictitious TV studio, producers actually went to Austin, Texas then-rechristened FOX affiliate, KTBC. See more »

Goofs

The Fujita Scale is not a "Wind Damage Scale." Instead, it is used to record the damage intensity done by a tornado; the wind speed is an estimate. This is evidenced further when Dr. Branson shows Sam an "F4." The F4 (which was taken in Ash Valley, KS in 1974) was classified as an F2 based on its damage, not by its size or wind speed. See more »

Quotes

Sam Callen: So, why are tornados always picking on Texas?
Dr. Branson: Could be the hats.
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Written by John Hill, Austin Roberts, and Freddie Weller
Performed by Austin Roberts
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Twisters smaller, lower quality, brother.
28 September 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

At one point in the movie, Bruce Campbell is told that he is not god. Realism aside, however; for a TV movie, this isn't too bad. It loses out to it's bigger budget 1996 big brother; Twister on just about every front, but there is still reason enough for this movie to warrant your time. Bruce Campbell is the main reason; he's a B-movie legend. His performance here doesn't echo the fantastic work he did on The Evil Dead films, in fact; none of his other films have anything on those great performances and I continually get the impression that Bruce's heart just isn't in a lot of the stuff he makes. However, it's always a pleasure to see this great man in a movie and although, as I said, his performance isn't great; it's good enough, and he alone is more than enough reason to see the film. The rest of the cast isn't noteworthy...the majority of the acting is typical TV fare; not rock bottom, but not exactly good either. Campbell is more than enough to keep it afloat, however.

The effects in Tornado! aren't brilliant. Not even good, in fact. They're very low quality and don't even come close to the lovely effects in Twister. The effects here are mostly just tease stuff; there's wind and people shouting, but rarely do we see a tornado, and even when we do it's usually a cut from a real tornado, as opposed to an actual effect. This is good in a way, but bad in another; as although it's more realistic, it loses credibility as it means that we don't get to see the tornado ravaging houses and cars etc. The story of Tornado! is really rather dull, as it tries to draw parallels with the current global warming situation. This is a waste of time, and the movie would have been better served not bothering; as nobody is going to listen to a message in a low quality TV movie. Also, just like in Twister, Tornado! has some extremely terrible human drama to go with the tornados. Unfortunately, unlike in Twister; the drama here is central to the story, as opposed to secondary like it was in Twister. And this is unfortunate because the drama is bad.

Overall, I'd have to say that Twister has far more going for it than this movie does. But then again, Twister doesn't have Bruce Campbell; so I'd recommend this movie because Bruce Campbell is in it, and he's actually starring this time; unlike in most of his non-Evil Dead films in which he only has a small cameo appearance.


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