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Twister (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 10 May 1996 (USA)
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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10 May 1996 (USA)  »

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$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$241,688,385 (USA) (18 October 1996)
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Helen Hunt was injured while filming the scene where the truck drives through the corn, when the door was forced back into her head. For later shots, the door was wedged open. See more »

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(at around 1h 35 mins) When Jo and Bill are running beside the picket fence, the boards right beside them start getting hurled around, but the boards closer to the tornado merely sway back and forth. See more »

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Rabbit: [at Meg's home at the dining table, eating steak and eggs] In a severe lightning storm, you wanna grab your ankles and stick your butt in the air.
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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 »

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Referenced in Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 3 (1997) See more »

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Darling Pretty
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Mark Knopfler
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records/Phonogram Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"It was windy."
15 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Solid follow up film for former cinematographer (it shows) Jan DeBont who's previous film 'Speed' redefined the action genre and added, well, speed, to the mix. He has a talent for making films that are extremely kinetic and seem to actually MOVE and Twister is no different.

The story is simple, we follow a group of storm chasers around tornado alley for 48hrs during the most active otbreak of tornao activity on record (not unlike what actually occured this past month in Oklahoma) all the while watching an estranged couple played by Hunt and Paxton fall in love again amongst the windswept action.

The tornados are awe inspiring works of digital wonder created by ILM and really come across as powerful. They're not so much portrayed as ordinary storms, but rather angry demons from above who wreak havoc on the landscape, they even roar like lions at times! Great film. And to those that think this film doesn't translate well to the home, you obviously don't have a Home Theater set up with Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1! The film RIVALS what I got at the theater in my home!


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