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
When ABC and Lorimar first announced the film, it was to be a 10 hour miniseries directed by George A. Romero. Romero did extensive pre-production work and closely collaborated with Lawrence D. Cohen to develop the script, but he had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict with the remake of Night of the Living Dead (1990). This mirrored Romero's experience on another Stephen King property, the previous year's Pet Sematary (1989), which he was also slated to direct. See more »
The young Beverly pulls back the catapult with her right hand, suggesting she's right handed whilst the adult Beverly uses her left. See more »
[reading a paper]
He th-th-thrusts hi-his fists...
[takes the paper]
"He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts." That's all it says, over and over.
My m-m-m-om g-gave me that to to to... sttttt! to help with my st-st-st-stutter!
No offense pal, it ain't workin'.
[Bill looks at him, and Richie blows him a kiss]
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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 »
The following cuts have been made on the 2002 DVD.
Part 2 starts with Bill arriving at the Derry cemetery. This completely cuts out his conversation with the woman at the hotel checkout desk, along with the opening credits.
"It" it's possibly the best TV adaptation of a Stephen King novel. Ok, that does not mean anything, because TV adaptations from King's novel usually leave a lot to be desired (Langoliers, The Stand...); but it is the one I've enjoyed the most.
This is an story about the fear itself. Your fears as a child, and your fears as a grown man. It's kind of a parable: when you're an adult and you think everything is under control, that monsters and ghosts doesn't exist, that they can't scare you anymore... Well, you're wrong: as "It" clearly shows, adults are much weaker than children when it comes to face your fears. At least that's my interpretation of this story of seven friends who had to fight against some kind of evil pressence in their little town when they were kids, and have to do just the same 30 years later, when they had almost forgotten of each other and what it happened.
The first part of "It", in which the children are protagonist, is way much more exciting that the second one (with the adult characters). That first part has reminded me (in some way) of another Stephen King's adaptation: Stand By Me. Definitely it is much more entertaining. I haven't read the novel, so I don't know if they've made a good work adapting it (if it's exact enough), but I suppose that other reviewers will have talked about it.
And there's not much more to say. The special effects are a little better than in Langoliers (no big deal, anyway), and though there're lots of ups and downs in the script, "It" achieves it objective: to entertain.
PS: Pennywaise's character is the most histrionic and crazy performance of Tim Curry since Frank N'Further.
My rate: 6.5/10
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