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Tornado! (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  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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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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The house used in the film is the same homestead used in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. See more »

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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 »

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Sam Callen: So, why are tornados always picking on Texas?
Dr. Branson: Could be the hats.
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I'm Worth It
Written by John Hill, Austin Roberts, and Freddie Weller
Performed by Austin Roberts
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better than Twister...
4 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by this movie. Don't get me wrong...this movie is no academy award winner, but it's better (more accurate) than Twister, which had to have the bigger budget by far. There actually was a device that was used by tornado researchers a while ago, called Toto I think, like the device that's in the movie. I don't think that it ever actually came in contact with a tornado though. I was also surprised at how the National Weather Service was portrayed in the movie. They (in particular SPC, which is actually the Storm Prediction Center) seem very inept and ineffective, which is an unfair portrait. The acronym "SPC" is never actually defined in the movie either, I don't think, which is strange considering that I think most people wouldn't know what SPC was. The ending of the movie is a little hokey, but this movie was a lot better than I thought it was going to be.


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