In 1960, a group of social outcasts who are bullied by a gang of greasers led by Henry Bowers are also tormented by an evil demon who can shape-shift into a clown and feed on children's fears and kill them. After defeating the demonic clown as kids, it resurfaces thirty years later and they must finish it off as adults once again.Written by
John Ritter and Richard Thomas also worked together on The Waltons. See more »
When Beverly is using the slingshot, the order of bottles she shoots change. For example, there is one white bottle left that she shoots, then there are none left. However, the last bottle she shoots is another white bottle. See more »
[Has a flashback]
I think I remember who Pennywise was now. Big white guy... Red nose... Bout 75 feet tall...
Mouth full of razor-sharp teeth?
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During the opening credits, we see pictures of the "Lucky Seven" from their childhood like in a photo album. The final photo of the Paramount cinema segues into the actual one in Derry. The camera pulls back from the title IT, and it turns from white to red. In Pt 2, the final photo of a hotel segues into the one the "Lucky Seven" are staying at. At the end of both parts, Pennywise's laugh is heard. See more »
Although released on VHS and Laserdisc in the original two-part miniseries format, the DVD and Blu-ray releases from Warner Bros. are an edited Home Video Version which removes the end of Part 1 and the beginning of Part 2 in order to turn it into one long film. Here is what has been removed at timestamp 1:34:00 (the chapter 28 mark on the Blu-ray):
THE END OF PART 1: Stan's wife finds that he has slit his wrist in the bathtub and starts to scream, the scream is cut off abruptly and therefore also the final showing of "IT" written in the blood on the bathroom wall, accompanied by Pennywise laughing and "to be continued" along with the end credits.
THE BEGINNING OF PART 2: Starts with Bill arriving at the Derry cemetery. This completely cuts out his arrival at the hotel, the conversation with the woman at the desk, a short scene in his hotel room, the full ride in a taxi to the cemetery along with the opening credits.
IT is, by far, my favorite tale of all time. The best story I've ever grasped into my mind - from Stephen King that is. I never thought in my entire life that I would be one of those guys who simply just says, "the book is better." Horrifically, I come to you all now with that similar common complaint, though I'll try to explain myself a little more.
Though this television mini-series terrified an entire generation of clowns, it is only a small piece of the pie to the masterpiece story that is IT. The television show also ages horribly, going back and watching this show from 2017 was extremely saddening, especially after just reading the book again as well. Aside from all those problems, the biggest problem with this two episode television show is that the true understanding and experience of IT can not be grasped within 2-3 hours, it's impossible, the book alone is over 1100 pages. This mini series has attempted to cram a 12 hour story into just 3 as well as missing so many key scenes that impacts the story in so many ways. This IT is truly a total mess.
The only way IT could be properly translated to the screen is if at least a full season or two with multiple episodes were to be created. For an example, imagine if the creators of Stranger Things (An amazing Netflix original series) created a season of IT. In contrast to only 2-3 hours as well as terrible acting; picture ten 45 minute episodes per a season with modern day special effects - yeah let that sink in. As a huge fan of IT, I do hope that one day the money is put into this and this wonderful story finally gets to be experienced by so many people who particularly don't enjoy reading and are more of the film/visual types.
Lastly, I suppose I should point out some positive things about this IT as well. Tim Curry did a good job in my opinion considering what he had to work with. You can tell the scenes are forced, the actors are forced to do so much within such a short amount of time and the director attempts to develop the characters way to quickly. So it isn't all their fault, even though I don't think most of them were very good anyhow. It is important to remember this is an adaptation I suppose, so while it is an entirely different beast than the book, it is still painful to see so many people miss out on one of the greatest stories of all time.
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