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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Director:

Jack Clayton

Writers:

Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Charles Halloway
Jonathan Pryce ... Mr. Dark
Diane Ladd ... Mrs. Nightshade
Royal Dano ... Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson ... Will Halloway
Shawn Carson ... Jim Nightshade
Mary Grace Canfield ... Miss Foley
Richard Davalos ... Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel Jake Dengel ... Mr. Tetley
Jack Dodson ... Dr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer ... Mr. Cooger
Ellen Geer ... Mrs. Halloway
Pam Grier ... Dust Witch
Brendan Klinger ... Cooger as a Child
James Stacy ... Ed, The Bartender
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Storyline

In Green Town, Illinois, the twelve year-old boys Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade are neighbors and best friends. Will's father Charles Halloway is an old man and the local librarian while Jim and his mother wait for the return of the return of their father and husband that will never occur. The boys know everyone in town, including their school teacher Miss Foley that misses her beauty and youth; the lonely barber Mr. Crosetti that has no girlfriend or wife; the greedy owner of a cigar store Mr. Tetley that is obsessed with money; and the bartender Ed that has severed arm and leg and dreams on being a football hero. One day, Jim buys a lightning rod from the salesman Tom Fury that tells that a storm is coming. During the night, the boys overhear a mysterious train and they run through the woods to see the arrival but they do not see a living soul. However, they find the Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival ready to be enjoyed and they snoop around. Soon they realize that frustrated and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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After he fulfills your deepest, lifelong dream...he'll tell you the price you have to pay. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Böse kommt auf leisen Sohlen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,423,555, 1 May 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,400,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

British actor Johnathan Pryce (Mr Dark) is an impressive 6 foot 1 inch tall, but during the Parade scene you can clearly see he is wearing two inch heel shoes. This was done to make him appear extra tall & menacing. Much taller than the surrounding cast. See more »

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Mr. Dark skips the number 41 during the library sequence. See more »

Quotes

Charles Halloway: Boys, what the hell is going on around here?
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A movie that has something to say, and not just for the kids.
6 March 2000 | by rondineSee all my reviews

This is always touted as a movie for children but not much is mentioned of the way it is also aimed at adults. The narration is skillfully done by Arthur Hill. In the beginning he speaks of his "first look into the fearful needs of the human heart." Maybe it's just me, but that sounds fairly mature. And the theme of the movie, selling ones' soul to the devil is both scary and grown up. And the final theme, the one of love overcoming regret is very adult. Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451 and Martian Chronicle fame) adapted his own story for the screen and did a wonderful job. This movie has a lot of mood and atmosphere too. This is a movie both children and adults can enjoy.


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