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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

According to Stephen King, "The Tommyknockers" is an allegory for his own personal battles with substance abuse. The character of Jim Gardener is largely based upon King. See more »

Goofs

The Nutcracker doll's knife has blood on it before it stabs Ruth. 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

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: The Tommyknockers (2011) 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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Initially promising, ultimately very disappointing
21 July 2000 | by mikehellensSee all my reviews

Aside from the odd exception, Stephen King has rarely transfered well to the big or small screen, and along comes this little mini-series which is a by-numbers example of what actually gets lost in translation. Firstly: when these novels are adapted for the screen, fundamental elements of the plot are excised or replaced, and this is true of even the better King-flicks ("The Shining" and "Carrie" are just as guilty as pulp trash like "Needful Things" and "Cujo"). "The Tommyknockers" begins as if it's going to buck the trend, establishing the majority of the usual King misfits early on, and actually adds a little suspense by not showing its hand too early - for example, this adaptation does not make clear what's buried out back in Bobbie's farm straight away. But as the town begins to be affected by said item, it's off into it's own world, and toss the novel out the window. Granted, some of the more imaginative gimmicks the township dreams up cannot be translated to screen with the appropriate panache, especially with the meagre budget allocated to this project - but does everything need to look so cheap? Much of the dialogue at best doesn't ring true, at worse stinks. Witness the actually quite good Marg Helgenberger delivering some awful lines ("Gard, let's experience it together!") but in an offhand way that suggests that she's really aware that she's not in a Mamet play, but, Hell, let's make the best of it anyway. Any good points? Well, Joanna Cassidy is always worth watching, but an actress of her class still can't make a thrown together middle-age romance look realistic. Helgenberger and Allyce Beasley come out of it with the least mud sticking. Worst crimes? Jimmy Smits completely miscast, terrible dialogue, cheap effects, complete massacre of the source material, Traci Lords all at sea outside of a John Waters movie or skinflick ... the list goes on.


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