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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 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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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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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 »

Goofs

Mr. Dark skips both 41 and 51 during the library sequence. See more »

Quotes

Charles Halloway: I, uh, have the honor, sir.
Mr. Dark: And have had for many years, I do believe. All that time spent living only through other men's lives. Dreaming only other men's dreams. What a waste.
Charles Halloway: Sometimes a man can learn more from other men's dreams than he can from his own. Come visit me, sir, if you wish to improve your education.
Mr. Dark: I will, and I may improve yours.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Corpse Vanishes (1989) See more »

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Be good or Mr. Dark will come and get you
14 August 2002 | by asunazawaSee all my reviews

This is a very eerie and dark film for one made by Disney. It contains all sort of dark and bright side of the human nature such as greed, envy, temptation, and at the same time it also embraces joy, hope, courage, and friendship. Although, the core of the movie is a fight between good and evil, it is not preaching at all. Yet it does have a conviction of fear.

It's like one of campfire folk tales that comes at you very slowly from your behind and some unexpected moment it grubs your neck. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a that kind of movie.

I don't consider this film as a horror film because it reminds of me something from my childhood memory and it is beyond horror. Do you remember the line your mom used to say when you were bad? "Be good or ..... will come and get you"

To me, Mr.Dark fits into the blank much better than any other monsters.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,423,555, 1 May 1983

Gross USA:

$8,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,400,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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