In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.
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Complete series cast summary:
Harry Anderson ...  Richie Tozier 2 episodes, 1990
Dennis Christopher ...  Eddie Kaspbrak 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Masur ...  Stanley Uris 2 episodes, 1990
Annette O'Toole ...  Beverly Marsh 2 episodes, 1990
Tim Reid ...  Mike Hanlon 2 episodes, 1990
John Ritter ...  Ben Hanscom 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Thomas ...  Bill Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Tim Curry ...  Pennywise 2 episodes, 1990
Jonathan Brandis ...  Bill Denbrough - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Brandon Crane ...  Ben Hanscom - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Adam Faraizl Adam Faraizl ...  Eddie Kaspbrak - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Seth Green ...  Richie Tozier - Age 12 2 episodes, 1990
Ben Heller ...  Stanley Uris - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Emily Perkins ...  Beverly Marsh - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Marlon Taylor Marlon Taylor ...  Mike Hanlon - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Olivia Hussey ...  Audra Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Sheila Moore ...  Mrs. Kaspbrak 2 episodes, 1990
Jarred Blancard ...  Henry Bowers - Age 14 2 episodes, 1990
Chris Eastman Chris Eastman ...  Belch 2 episodes, 1990
Gabe Khouth ...  Patrick Hocksetter / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Michael Ryan ...  Tom Rogan 2 episodes, 1990
Venus Terzo ...  Cyndi 2 episodes, 1990
Frank C. Turner ...  Al Marsh 2 episodes, 1990
Caitlin Hicks Caitlin Hicks ...  Patti Uris 2 episodes, 1990
Tony Dakota Tony Dakota ...  Georgie Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Steven Hilton Steven Hilton ...  Mr. Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ...  Sharon Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Chelan Simmons ...  Laurie Anne Winterbarger 2 episodes, 1990
Merrilyn Gann ...  Mrs. Winterbarger 2 episodes, 1990
Susan Astley Susan Astley ...  Aunt Jean 2 episodes, 1990
Claire Vardiel ...  Arlene Hanscom 2 episodes, 1990
Garry Chalk ...  Coach 2 episodes, 1990
Terence Kelly ...  Officer Nell 2 episodes, 1990
Donna Peerless Donna Peerless ...  Miss Douglas 2 episodes, 1990
Steve Makaj ...  Ben's Father 2 episodes, 1990
William B. Davis ...  Mr. Gedreau 2 episodes, 1990
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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 Blake

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The Master of Horror unleashes everything you were ever afraid of. See more »


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"IT" was re-adapted in India as Woh (1997). See more »

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When adult Beverly visits her childhood home and goes to the bathroom, she turns off the water with a couple inches of water in the sink. A moment later, when Mrs. Kersh calls for her, the sink is about two thirds full. See more »

Quotes

Pennywise: Excuse me, ma'am. Is your refrigerator running? *gasp* It IS? Well, you better go catch it before it runs away! A-ha! A-ha! A-ha!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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.
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memories (re-reviewed in 2015)
23 August 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

If you are of the King generation (lotsa books, bookstores, drugstores with books, tobacco stores with books, no computers or personal devices) then you probably have your own views on his place in the creative continuum.

My view is that his "early" works (including IT, THE STAND, SHINING) were his best. Wonderfully warped. And great fun to read.

That was the good news. The bad news is that, with rare exception (eg - SHINING) the B-grade studios that made easy money doing "tv movies" (you had to be there, otherwise you would not understand) generally snapped up his stuff and then did cheap, low-talent adaptations.

Wotta waste.

IT was one of King's more interesting works and this is one of the less awful adaptations. For insiders, most of the fun is in the first few scenes where one of the "characters" himself a writer explains that he has a job adapting his own work: "If anyone is going to mess it up, it may as well be me." The inside joke is that King himself was brought in as co-writer here because so many of the earlier TV adaptations were a disaster.

Again, one of the better ones. Lots of interesting faces here and there, including Ritter (an unappreciated dramatic talent) and Otoole looking radiant.


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