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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 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
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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
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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 30 years later and they must finish it off as adults once again. Written by Blake

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Release Date:

18 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Stephen King's It See more »

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Who's David Graham if he's not the bloke scared of Pennywise the Clown?
15 January 2004 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

Adapted from the epic novella by Stephen King,It is set in the town of Derry,Maine,in 1960.A series of gruesome child killings are going on,which seem to replicate similar events that happen every 30 years in the town,rounded off by a big disaster that causes similar confusion and devastation.Seven young kids are drawn together over the course of the summer to face off against a psychotic bully named Henry Bowers and his gang,as well as coming face to face with the perpetrator of the horrific killings,a monster which generally takes the shape of a clown named Pennywise (Tim Curry).One day,they decide to go down in to the sewers and confront and kill It once and for all.They believe they have done this,only to get a call 30 years later informing them that this is not the case and that they must now abide by a promise they made as kids to return once again to do battle with It if it ever returned.Now,as mature adults instead of naive kids (and therefore finding it harder to believe) can they be as successful?

Very rarely do adaptations of King novels translate well to the screen,with only a handful of exceptions,and the producers of this two parter certainly had an even harder job on their hands turning a book of over 1000 pages in to a film adaptation.Under the circumstances,one might say they haven't done too bad a job,but they've had to edit out a lot of key sequences (and even characters) from the book,and as a result,they've ended up with a script that's had to leave out a lot of the original source material,and so you don't get the full effect of the book,which was a real door stopper of a book that took forever to read but engrossed you right to the end all the same.So as you might expect this film adaptation isn't as good as that but it's still an impressive, scary enough effort all things considered that spreads out an epic story engrossingly enough.

On the acting front,the child actors (with the exception of the one who played Bowers) fare better than the adult actors,with the exception,of course,of Tim Curry in terrifying form as Pennywise (one of the scariest characters in the history of cinema,never mind the fact he only ever appeared in a TV movie) and possibly Harry Anderson.Some of them are laughably bad in parts(especially the one playing the adult Bill when he tries to stutter,so sad when young Johnathon Brandis played him so well).Pennywise always gave me the creeps,possibly in a way no other horror movie character could,and nothing else is scarier in the film.But maybe scares aren't the main aim of the game here,this being a Stand By Me style King fable of friendship over-coming great evil against all odds.

Overall,this is a decent enough effort taking on the challenging task of turning an 1000+ page book into a feature adaptation,where it's easy to see where the cracks are showing but easy to appreciate for the things it gets right.***


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