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It 

TV-PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (1990)
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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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Storyline

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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From the King of terror, a chilling new dimension in horror. See more »


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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's It See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bill is the author of a horror novel titled "The Glowing." This may refer to Stephen King's "The Shining." See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the last six are in the library and the books are flying off the shelf, look in-between the top and second shelves and you will faintly see a flash of a metal object running the length of the books. It appears to be the device to knock the books flying off the shelves. See more »

Quotes

Mike: ...If you want to see Henry Bowers, you'll find him up at Juniper Hills.
Bev Marsh: Ever since the trial where he confessed to all the murders of all the children.
Ben Hanscom: He was down there with us, down there in the sewer.
Richie Tozier: That creep was going to kill Stan.
Eddie Kaspbrak: He was going to kill us all.
Bill Denbrough: I remember when they pulled him out, his hair had turned white...
Ben Hanscom: He was babbling about a bright light...
Bev Marsh: ...and a clown.
Mike: And no one believed him.
Bill Denbrough: Except when he said that he murdered all the kids.
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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

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.
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Solid adaptation of a great book
6 November 2004 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

This is a very entertaining made for TV mini-series. It does a good job at jamming a book with more than 1000 pages into 2x90 minutes movie running time. The most important parts have been adopted, unnecessary fat was thrown out, little amandments have been made, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The writers really tried to remain faithful to the novel and even mentioned side characters or story lines in short sentences for those who have read the book. The coolest thing, however, is that director Tommy Lee Wallace somehow managed to transfer that unique spirit of nostalgia, friendship and fear into his movie. Of course, the incredible cast deserves a lot of credit for that, too. Amazingly the child actors of part 1 upstage their adult companion pieces of part 2. The greatest performance of all, however, is given by Tim Curry, who really gives "It" a face, and a very scary one. He makes this movie what it is. In my opinion, it's the role of Curry's career, even outshining his part in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".

Now for the bad sides of "It": as a made for TV project this movie obviously couldn't get too graphic and violent and that's a bit of a pity. Stephen King's book is awfully graphic and the movie would have been twice as scary if they had shown a bit more gore. Mostly Pennywise just appears and shows his sharp teeth and that gets lame after a while. The other big minus of this film is its ending. It has to be said that the ending in the book is so bizarre it's unlikely it could ever look good on celluloid. Still, those crappy special effects were just disappointing and made me (and everyone else I know) go: "Is that what I've been waiting for the last 3 hours? That is the big climax?"

Bottom line is that for a TV movie with such strict time limits "It" did a very good job at bringing this scary book to life. Nevertheless, I think the story should be retold properly and turned into a mini-series à la "Twin Peaks". The only problem is that it's going to be hard to find someone who can fill Tim Curry's giant clown shoes.


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