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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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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,100,000, 12 May 1996

Gross USA:

$241,721,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,750,000
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Trivia

Shot over a period of 95 days. See more »

Goofs

The first scene in the movie is said to take place in 1969 and has Gary England on the television warning of the tornado. But in 1969 England was actually working for a company called A.H. Glenn and Associates in New Orleans. He did not start working for KWTV until 1972. See more »

Quotes

[Seeing Jonas's team arriving after the first tornado wrecks Jo's truck]
Rabbit: Hey, the auto club's here.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, the words "Tornadoes and Storm Chasers by The Weather Channel" are not the match with the rest of the closing credits roll. They are seem are wanted to added up later. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Weird Al Show: Al Plays Hooky (1997) See more »

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Virtual Reality
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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The great special effects save this film!!!
22 July 2000 | by 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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