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The Tommyknockers 

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The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover the secret of the Tommyknockers.
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1993  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jimmy Smits ...  Jim 'Gard' Gardner 2 episodes, 1993
Marg Helgenberger ...  Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson 2 episodes, 1993
John Ashton ...  Trooper Butch Duggan 2 episodes, 1993
Allyce Beasley ...  Deputy Becka Paulson 2 episodes, 1993
Robert Carradine ...  Bryant Brown 2 episodes, 1993
Joanna Cassidy ...  Sheriff Ruth Merrill 2 episodes, 1993
Annie Corley ...  Marie Brown 2 episodes, 1993
Cliff De Young ...  Joe Paulson 2 episodes, 1993
Traci Lords ...  Nancy Voss 2 episodes, 1993
E.G. Marshall ...  Ev Hillman 2 episodes, 1993
Chuck Henry Chuck Henry ...  Chaz Stewart 2 episodes, 1993
Leon Woods ...  Hilly Brown 2 episodes, 1993
Paul McIver ...  Davey Brown 2 episodes, 1993
Yvonne Lawley Yvonne Lawley ...  Mabel Noyes 2 episodes, 1993
William Johnson William Johnson ...  Elt Barker 2 episodes, 1993
John Steemson John Steemson ...  Barney Applegate 2 episodes, 1993
Rick Leckinger ...  Jingles 2 episodes, 1993
Peter Rowley Peter Rowley ...  Benton Rhodes 2 episodes, 1993
John Sumner ...  Mr. Arberg 2 episodes, 1993
Elizabeth Hawthorne ...  Patricia McCardle 2 episodes, 1993
Craig Parker ...  Student Bartender 2 episodes, 1993
Kay Helgenberger Kay Helgenberger ...  Pearl 2 episodes, 1993
Larry Sanitsky Larry Sanitsky ...  Neurologist 2 episodes, 1993
Helen Medlyn ...  Neurologist #2 2 episodes, 1993
Jim McLarty ...  Dr. Etheridge 2 episodes, 1993
Daniel Bieber Daniel Bieber ...  Boy at Vet 2 episodes, 1993
Timothy Bartlett Timothy Bartlett ...  Mr. Allison 2 episodes, 1993
Karyn Malchus Karyn Malchus ...  Tommyknocker 2 episodes, 1993
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The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover the secret of the Tommyknockers.

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A chilling thriller from the master of horror. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi terror/horror | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The setting for the film is the fictional village of Haven, Maine. The town name appears in other King-based works, most notably the tv series "Haven" (2010-2015). The Haven of this series is not that of The Tommyknockers though. See more »

Goofs

When Tracy goes to open the lipstick laser to use it on Gard, the lipstick appears instead of the green laser, as in all the other scenes when she went to use the laser, there was no lipstick in it. See more »

Quotes

Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson: [to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.
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Alternate Versions

After the initial television broadcast, Vidmark released a cut version of the miniseries for home video. This version ran for 120 minutes, cutting out several characters and even a few sub-plots (including the romance between Ruth and Butch). See more »

Connections

References Star Search (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Joanna Cassidy
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Underrated King classic
30 May 2008 | by emperor_benderSee all my reviews

Why on Earth does this only have a 5.1? In my opinion, this was much better than Storm of the Century, which has a 7.1 (all ratings as of 5/30/08).

The plot is very well written. A buried alien craft slowly turns the citizens of a small town into mind-reading, odd-gizmo-inventing slaves.

The acting was excellent. Great performances by Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, John Ashton, Robert Carrdine, Joanna Cassidy, and Allyce Beasley.

The music was very creepy, and very fitting.

The CGI was very good also, especially for a 1993 TV movie/series.

There were some very shocking scenes, and a lot of interesting little plots here and there. All of these together make a King Classic, but it doesn't seem to get the recognition it deserves. 8/10.


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Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tommyknockers See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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