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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 June 1983 (USA)
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Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

Writers:

John Landis, George Clayton Johnson (screenplay by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Passenger / Ambulance Driver (prologue / segment "Time Out")
Albert Brooks ... Car Driver (prologue)
Vic Morrow ... Bill Connor (segment "Time Out")
Doug McGrath ... Larry (segment "Time Out")
Charles Hallahan ... Ray (segment "Time Out")
Rainer Peets Rainer Peets ... German Officer (segment "Time Out") (as Remus Peets)
Kai Wulff ... German Officer (segment "Time Out")
Sue Dugan Sue Dugan ... Waitress No. 1 (segment "Time Out")
Debby Porter ... Waitress No. 2 (segment "Time Out")
Steven Williams ... Bar Patron (segment "Time Out")
Annette Claudier Annette Claudier ... French Monther (segment "Time Out")
Joseph Hieu ... Vietnamese (segment "Time Out")
Al Leong ... Vietnamese (segment "Time Out")
Stephen Bishop Stephen Bishop ... Charming G.I. (segment "Time Out")
Thomas Byrd Thomas Byrd ... G.I. (segment "Time Out")
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Storyline

Prologue: a driver has a big surprise with his passenger. Segment 1 ("Time Out"): a bigot man hates Jews, Black and Asian people. One day he will live in the World War II, hunted down by KKK and attacked in Vietnam War and feel the effects of his hatred. Segment 2 ("Kick the Can"): In a nursing home, the elder inhabitants learn that their minds can keep them young. Segment 3 ("It's a Good Life"): a traveler hits a boy in a bicycle with her car and takes the boy home. Soon she learns that the powerful boy brought her home indeed. Segment 4 ("Nightmare at 20,000 feet"): a writer is scared to fly and soon he sees a monstrous creature destroying the airplane engines during a stormy night. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You're travelling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In a mid 1980s NY Times article the reporter asked Eddie Murphy what the likelihood was that Murphy would work with onetime collaborator John Landis again: "Without hesitation, he said: 'Vic Morrow has a better chance of working with Landis than I do.'" See more »

Goofs

The solid stone balustrade that the man hits after being propelled by the explosion of the Marine's grenade, visibly rocks as if made of lightweight wood or foam. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Dempsey: Mrs. Cox would never allow us. It's against the rules.
Mr. Bloom: Rules? Did rules ever stop a child from playing?
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Terminal (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Are Forever
Performed by Jennifer Warnes
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by John Bettis
Produced by Bruce Botnick with James Newton Howard
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Watch Me Pull A Rabbit Out Of A Hat....
6 October 1999 | by CobblerSee all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of the series, and I remember being obsessed with TZ The Movie when it was released. I was 12, after all!!

Recently watched the film again for the first time in at least 15 years. I was blown away by the final segment, it's truly a classic which really scared the stuffing outta me. That evil little girl who takes Polaroids of everything freaked me out to no end. For me, it's the only segment in which the quality of the writing matches the direction and visuals from beginning to end.

I saw the original episode upon which Joe Dante's (3rd) segment is based when I was spending the night at my friend's house in 4th grade. It, too, really frightened me. I remember thinking to myself how hopeless the situation was-- if you even TRIED to not think bad thoughts about Anthony, you would end up thinking them, and he could still get you!! And didn't he "wish someone away to the cornfield"?? Man, that's some serious freakiness.

I thought the design of that segment in the movie was incredible, I'll never forget the mom holding the fishbowl, or the ferocious rabbit creature, or what happens to Ethel ("Run, Ethel....!") But the ending is truly atrocious and almost ruins what has come before.

What can I say about the other two segments? Better scripts were needed in order to make them work. And in the case of "Kick the Can", sticking more closely to the original episode would have given it more impact. (Not to mention firing Steven Spielberg.)And it's sad seeing Vic Morrow in his final role-- I'll always think of him as the sadistic coach in THE BAD NEWS BEARS, which is one of my all-time favorites.

All in all, a very uneven movie which improves steadily as it goes along. 6/10.


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USA

Language:

English | French | German | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kick the Can See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,614,366, 26 June 1983

Gross USA:

$29,450,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,450,919
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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