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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Thorne
Samantha 'Sam' Callen
Dr. Joe Branson
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
Mr. Peck
Mrs. Peck
Carmen Nogales ...
Lucy's Mother


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 <>

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Hell has no fury like a twister.


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chasseurs de tornades  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When leaving the farm to chase a tornado, Bruce Campbell is shown climbing into the passenger side of one truck, but a moment later is driving a different truck, with the first visible behind him. See more »


Jake Thorne: Hey, are we flirting here?
Sam Callen: If we are, we're rusty as hell.
Jake Thorne: Nothing a little oil won't fix.
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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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Don't expect to be blown away.
18 April 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

"Tornado!" is actually quite similar to "Twister", so if you have seen that movie, then you know what you are in for here. But don't let that discourage you from watching the movie, because "Tornado!" actually is good entertainment.

Initially I picked up the movie because it had Bruce Campbell in it. And I must admit that I was sort of expecting his usual comedy-acting in the movie, so it was a rather nice surprise to see him acting seriously for a chance, and he really did a good job at it as well.

The story is about Jake Thorne (played by Bruce Campbell) and Dr. Joe Branson (played by Ernie Hudson) who are chasing after tornadoes in order to study them for future predictions. The government sends out an official to get results or have their project shut down, this is Samantha Callen (played by Shannon Sturges).

"Tornado!" doesn't boast the best of CGI effects or special effect, but whatever effects they did use actually worked out well enough, though at times I could have wanted a bit more furious effects to make it seem that the tornado was actually there and being rampant. But overall, the effects were adequate enough. Just don't expect to be dazzled by state-of-the-art CGI.

If you like disaster movies, then "Tornado!" is definitely worth giving a chance, because it is far better than so many other doomsday-like disaster movies available. And if you are a fan of Bruce Campbell, then you should most definitely check out this particular movie.

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