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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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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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Don't Breathe. Don't Look Back. 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)


ITL 10,363,429,000 (Italy) (15 November 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Right after Bill and Jo come out of the toppled house, the teddy bear that hits their truck is CG. See more »


When they are about to fill the two Dorothy's with sensors there appears to be a third Dorothy in the blue van. See more »


Rabbit: God, Meg, you've got a lot of beef. Where did you get all this beef?
Meg Greene: Did you see my cows out front?
Rabbit: No.
Meg Greene: Oh!
Dusty: You slaughter your own cows, Meg, nice.
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Crazy Credits

Despite being filmed in Panavision, the "Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision" credit was used instead. See more »


References Big Wednesday (1978) See more »


Long Way Down
Written by Johnny Rzeznik (as John Rzeznik)
Performed by Goo Goo Dolls
Courtesy of Metal Blade Records/Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Fun Movie
7 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Twister is a fun movie to watch. I think Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt give excellent performances. This movie has a great soundtrack. I do not know why people hate this movie. This is one of Jan De Bont's best films. He also directed one of my other favorite movie Speed. Normally I think all of Van Halen's songs are trashy except for the songs for Twister. I like the sound and visual effects of this film. Not since The Wizard of Oz have I seen better tornadoes. The first time I saw this movie I was blown away. I actually like this better than Independence Day. I really like the end song "Respect the Wind" performed by Edward and Alex Van Halen. I wanna get the Twister Soundtrack.

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