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Twister (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 June 1989 (USA)
Delusional and spoiled Maureen and her eccentric brother Howdy decide to track down and meet their estranged mother, all while the drama of dysfunctional relationships, disastrous weather conditions and a dark family secret ensue.

Director:

Michael Almereyda

Writers:

Mary Robison (novel), Michael Almereyda

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Dean Stanton ... Cleveland
Suzy Amis ... Maureen Cleveland
Crispin Glover ... Howdy
Dylan McDermott ... Chris
Jenny Wright ... Stephanie
Lindsay Christman Lindsay Christman ... Violet
Charlayne Woodard ... Lola (as Charlaine Woodard)
Lois Chiles ... Virginia
David Brown David Brown ... Bob Breevort
William S. Burroughs ... Man in Barn (as William Burroughs)
Joyce Cavarozzi Joyce Cavarozzi ... Woman in Bathroom
Sarah Cochran Sarah Cochran ... Tomboy Girl
Donal Donnelly ... Doctor
Raleigh Lackey Raleigh Lackey ... Stan Manley
Ralfe D. Reber Ralfe D. Reber ... Golfer
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Storyline

An oddball family on a Kansas farm are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm. The patriarch of the clan is a retired soda pop tycoon. He is currently dating a children's TV evangelist. Also living at the farm is his layabout daughter and her precocious 8 year old daughter, his would-be artist son, the son's fiancée, and the black maid. Also thrown into the mix is the daughter's ex-husband, a ne-er-do-well who is seeking to get back in his ex-wife's good graces. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A Comic Adventure In Windy Living. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Famille Cleveland See more »

Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vestron Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When everyone is in the basement and discussing what they would do during their "last hour", a boom mic comes down in front of the painting just behind Howdy (Crispin Glover) right after Stephanie's answer. See more »

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Features Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963) See more »

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DANCE ETIQUETTE
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A few decent scenes
6 January 2007 | by Mars-19See all my reviews

While everyone does a decent job in this film, I agree with the other comment: it's too loose and scattered, too much like a script-less experiment with really talented actors. As such, it isn't enough to hold your attention. Having said that, there are a few really funny moments, one involving Dylan McDermott and a flaming shot glass that I think anyone who's been that drunk would find as funny as I did; the other is a split-second with an inflatable dinosaur. Crispin Glover does his usual nutty twitch-fest guy and does it fine, Harry Dean Stanton does his usual nutty patriarch (Repo Man, anyone?) etc. Good cast, not enough to keep it going. Just a few gems, seconds long.


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