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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 »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

Catch the Wind  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The reason the characters react to the TV screens going blank and showing only static before the tornado hits is because, in the days before digital TV, it was discovered that a tornado generates a signal that will override and blank channel 2 on TV sets. Digital TVs do not react this way. See more »

Goofs

There is noway you can tell the size of a tornado until after it has left the area. Many times the storm chasers predict its intensity. See more »

Quotes

Jo: [in the middle of an argument chasing the first tornado, veering off the road] Do you want me to drive?
Bill: [while looking at Jo instead of road] No!
Jo: [Seeing they are heading for a large combine parked along the side of the road] Then would you?
[Bill swerves to avoid]
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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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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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"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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