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Twister (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 10 May 1996 (USA)
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Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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The Dark Side of Nature. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of very bad weather | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Catch the Wind  »

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Box Office


$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,071,000 (USA) (26 July 1996)


$241,688,385 (USA) (18 October 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the book on the making of the movie, the CGI cow picked up by the twister sisters was originally a CGI zebra from Jumanji (1995). See more »


When Jo's truck falls down to the ground after the first tornado, the driver-side window is smashed from the tornado, but in the next shot Jo has to break the same window open to retrieve a towel. See more »


Dusty: Red meat. We crave sustenance.
Jo: No, guys. We are not invading my aunt.
Dusty: Food.
DustyRabbit: [others join in] Food.
DustyRabbitBeltzer: [the rest join in] FOOOOOOOOD!
Jo: Hey! We are absolutely not going.
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Crazy Credits

The entire end credit roll is superimposed on beauty shots of various landscapes, including some air views of farm fields, as well as views of cloudy skies. See more »


Referenced in Veep: Storms and Pancakes (2015) See more »


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Music by Rusted Root
Lyrics by Michael Glabicki
Produced by Rusted Root and Tim Bomba
Performed by Rusted Root
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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13 January 2003 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

Ever since this films release in 1996, its very title has become synonymous with Bad films. Its been labelled stupid, loud, dumb and every other thing you can think of. Whilst I admit that the script aint hot and there's no real story in the film, the action is great, the special effects are brilliant, the film moves fast and provides a slambang rocking good ride. Im sorry that more films like this are not made. I love this film. When i saw it at the theatre, i was blown away (no pun intended). Bill paxton does a good job in the lead (yeah people have said that he is dull and that they should have found someone with more charisma. PUHLLLEASSSEEE). I'll watch this film a thousand times between now and the day I die. And for all the geniuses out there who call this film Crap. I hope you all get swept up in a windstorm, I really do. GREAT JOB JAN DEBONT

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