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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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The Dark Side of Nature. 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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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

Early on chasing after Jo(Helen Hunt) Jonas(Cary Elews) pulls up alongside Bill(Bill Paxton) and Bill calls him a "Nightcrawler". Bill Paxton would go to co-star with Jake Gylenhall in the film Nightcrawler, though in this film the remark refers to Jonas being not as competent a storm chaser as Bill and Jo whereas in Nightcrawler it refers to independent or stringer camerapersons capturing violent and bloody footage for news stations. See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) During the first tornado, when Melissa is driving the Dodge Ram on the dirt road, she turns the wheel right to avoid Jo's yellow truck, but the truck moves left. See more »

Quotes

Jo: You've never seen it miss this house, and miss that house, and come after you!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.42 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

See The Sky Again
Written by Edwin McCain
Performed by Edwin McCain
Courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I like Twister
12 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I get a lot of stick from friends for saying this, but: I really like Twister. I enjoy a good thoughtful film as much as the next stuck-up film snob, but I also love damned good action flicks.

Twister is a big dumb summer blockbuster with no pretensions whatsoever. I *like* the fact that the money is all up there on the screen - lots of tornadoes ripping apart farmhouses and throwing trucks around. I *like* that it's one long chase movie. I *like* looking at Helen Hunt's beautiful face. I saw Twister twice at the cinema, and at least three times since - and I've enjoyed it every single time. Can you get a better recommendation than that?

Twister will never satisfy some people... in particular, those who watch it, for some strange reason, expecting a cerebral masterpiece. Enjoy it for what it is: One of the best summer blockbusters ever.


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