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Twister (1996)

 -  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 »


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

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Catch the Wind  »

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$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,304,300 (UK) (16 August 1996)

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

The real town of Wakita, Oklahoma had part of its old downtown area demolished by the film crew for the scenes after the twister passes. The studio then paid for the downtown to be rebuilt. The town also kept the new fire truck used in the film. See more »

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When Melissa drives the Dodge Ram nearly missing Jo's truck her driver side window is rolled down but moments later as she steps out of the truck her window is closed. See more »

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[after spotting Jonas being interviewed by a reporter on TV]
Jo: He really is in love with himself. I thought it was just a summer thing.
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Despite being filmed in Panavision, the "Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision" credit was used instead. See more »

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Referenced in American Dad!: Francine's Flashback (2005) See more »

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Child In Time
Written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, and Jon Lord
Performed by Deep Purple
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc./EMI Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The great special effects save this film!!!
22 July 2000 | by (pa) – See all my reviews

Anyone who saw this movie in the theater or on a big screen TV will agree with me that "Twister" is an awesome thrill ride from beginning to end. However, if you watch this movie on a regular TV screen, you definitely don't get the full effect.

Sure the plot is about as predictable as a Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd cartoon. And sure Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt weren't A-list stars when this movie came out. However, the special effects and uniqueness really make this film worthwhile. You have to remember that when this movie came out in the summer of 1996, it was a considered a big event movie. Back then, a big budget/big event movie was considered a huge risk(i.e. Waterworld) and only came out about every 6 months. Nowadays, it seems like every movie is or tries to be a big budget/big event movie. Back then, the special effects in Twister were considered amazing and it was the first disaster movie to come out in a long time. Nowadays, most movies have some kind of special effects in them and there are tons of disaster flicks made since Twister. So, Twister was a ground breaking film and it really helped pave the way for all these high budget/special F/X films out right now.


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