When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. One survivor is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who suffers no ill effects whatsoever. Kept in a medical research facility in Vermont, doctors try to determine why he is still alive. Others that also survive include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad; Nick Andros, a deaf-mute; a rock musician, Larry Underwood; and Lloyd Henreid, in jail for murder. Survivors begin to have dreams, either about an old Afican-American woman, Mother Abigail, or a much scarier evil man. Written by
Did You Know?
Stu Redman (Gary Sinise) is shown in the Vermont Disease Control Center to be reading a novel by Elmore Leonard. Stephen King references Elmore Leonard in some of his other fiction, such as his 2011 novel "11/22/63". See more
In the opening scene where you see the long Campion driving away from the base, you can clearly see a shadow of the camera crane in the lower right section of the screen. See more
[Larry has returned to New York to see his mother, who assumes he is a failure, despite his flashy car
Don't lie. I've seen your car.
About forty thousand.
But the record's number 21 this week, Ma! With a bullet. Bam! The album hasn't hit the hot 100 yet, but it will. Forty thousand's nothin'. Nothin'! And I'm not gonna let them make me a one-hit wonder, either. Your son's here to stick around! I'm gonna be famous, Ma. Even better. I'm gonna be rich.
The film opens with white words on a black screen: This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper. (These four lines are the final stanza from T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men".) See more
References Ms. Pac-Man
Don't Dream It's Over
Written by Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House See more