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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.


Michael Almereyda


Mary Robison (novel), Michael Almereyda

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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


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 »


Comedy | Drama


PG-13 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Famille Cleveland See more »

Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA

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Production Co:

Vestron Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Waste of Talent
11 August 2004 | by jlacerraSee all my reviews

I must be really missing something. I watched this movie and saw a meandering voyeuristic doting on what appear to be spoiled pseudo-intelligent rich brats, their mentally comatose father, his grand-daughter, and their hired keeper. The players are all virtually perfect in their roles, but are wasted in this looney home movie with no point. The boyfriend Chris at first appears fairly normal, but later he seems caught up in their uninhibited self-indulgence. I don't even want to think about the helicopter!

The only really sympathetic character in the picture is the patriarch of this strange brood, ably played by Harry Dean Stanton. His attempt to passively transfer from the asylum into a somewhat normal life is thwarted by the harridan he tries to partner up with. We see and applaud his withdrawal from the mayhem.

Look for a bit role filled by a young Tim Robbins.

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