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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... See full summary »
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Cast

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 Leon Woods ...  Hilly Brown 2 episodes, 1993
Paul McIver 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. Written by Niz

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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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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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Trivia

The films Italian title is "Le Creature del buio", meaning "The Creatures of the Dark". 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

Referenced in Billions: A Generation Too Late (2018) 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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It came from out of the sky.
17 November 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This adaption of Stephen King's novel leaves a lot to be desired. Even the book was a slow read; but some major elements of the novel and lead characters were totally reworked for the movie and King's intent is by the wayside. A UFO crash lands in the forest guarding Haven, Maine and the impact burrows the craft into the ground. Eminent vibrations from the alien craft has citizens creating mechanical gadgets for no good reason, while some of the inhabitants just disappear or gravitate to the dig site trying to unearth the alien ship.

Jimmy Smits seems out of place playing the alcoholic writer and eventual hero. His awkward performance still out shines the rest of the cast except for Marg Helgenberger. She is very easy on the eye and plays her character flawlessly. Former porn star Traci Lords still needs a lot of work to move into mainstream movies. Her part was played over the top and becomes quite irritating. Not as abrasive as Allyce Beasley and Robert Carradine. Cliff De Young plays the cheating husband effortlessly. Joanna Cassidy and E.G. Marshall round out the diverse cast.

The special effects, namely the aliens buried in the craft are pretty top notch for a made-for-TV project. Stephen King is my favorite writer and I do have to agree with those that think Tommyknockers is no where near his better work. But in this case, read the book first and then watch this presentation. It is not what it could have been...better.


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