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The Stand 

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | TV Mini-Series (1994)
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After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.
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Complete series cast summary:
Gary Sinise ...  Stu Redman 4 episodes, 1994
Molly Ringwald ...  Frannie Goldsmith 4 episodes, 1994
Jamey Sheridan ...  Randall Flagg 4 episodes, 1994
Laura San Giacomo ...  Nadine Cross 4 episodes, 1994
Ruby Dee ...  Mother Abagail Freemantle 4 episodes, 1994
Ossie Davis ...  Judge Richard Farris 4 episodes, 1994
Miguel Ferrer ...  Lloyd Henreid 4 episodes, 1994
Corin Nemec ...  Harold Lauder 4 episodes, 1994
Matt Frewer ...  Trashcan Man 4 episodes, 1994
Adam Storke ...  Larry Underwood 4 episodes, 1994
Ray Walston ...  Glen Bateman 4 episodes, 1994
Rob Lowe ...  Nick Andros 4 episodes, 1994
Peter Van Norden ...  Ralph Brentner 4 episodes, 1994
Bridgit Ryan Bridgit Ryan ...  Lucy Swann 4 episodes, 1994
Kellie Overbey ...  Dayna Jurgens 4 episodes, 1994
Bill Fagerbakke ...  Tom Cullen 4 episodes, 1994
Rick Aviles ...  Rat Man 3 episodes, 1994
Shawnee Smith ...  Julie Lawry 3 episodes, 1994
Chuck Adamson Chuck Adamson ...  Barry Dorgan 3 episodes, 1994
Sam Anderson ...  Whitney Horgan 3 episodes, 1994
Cynthia Garris ...  Susan Stern 3 episodes, 1994
Billy L. Sullivan ...  Joe 3 episodes, 1994
Warren Frost ...  George Richardson 2 episodes, 1994
Tom Holland ...  Carl Hough 2 episodes, 1994
Stephen King ...  Teddy Weizak 2 episodes, 1994
Sarah Schaub Sarah Schaub ...  Gina McCone 2 episodes, 1994
Bruce MacVittie ...  Ace-High 2 episodes, 1994
Dan Martin ...  Rich Moffat 2 episodes, 1994
Max Wright ...  Dr. Herbert Denninger 2 episodes, 1994
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ...  Monster Shouter / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Kevin Doyle ...  Sarge 2 episodes, 1994
Robert Knott ...  Len Carsleigh 2 episodes, 1994
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Storyline

When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, most of the population of the world is wiped out. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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The end of the world is just the beginning.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stand See more »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)
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| (edited TV cut)

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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The role of Judge Richard Farris was originally to have been played by Moses Gunn who was forced to back out due to health reasons, and Ossie Davis was brought in instead. See more »

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Ray Booth and the bullies attack Nick on the road, knocking his hat off. When Nick fights back, his hat reappears briefly. They may have been trying to cover the stunt double's face and hair. See more »

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Mother Abigail: Mayhap!
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What A Friend We Have In Jesus
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Words by Joseph M. Scriven (1855)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse (1868)
Performed by Ruby Dee
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Not what it could have been
28 December 2011 | by aoconner73See all my reviews

The Stand is my favorite of all Stephen King's books. I read it and reread it, and knew that a mini-series would be the only way to do the book justice - the book is too long, and there's far too many characters to do otherwise. So when I heard that it was coming to TV and it was going to be a mini-series, I was elated.

Then I watched it.

Nope. Not how I had envisioned it, not at ALL. Now granted, just because something doesn't turn out the way I had envisioned it in my mind doesn't mean that it's wrong, per se - it's just not the way I had thought it would be. Having said that, the way it was cast (with a couple of exceptions) and filmed was in no way with what I would consider quality.

The exterior shots of the soldiers and looting were filmed in such a way to make it look like much more than it was. In reality, there were a couple of streets with a few smashed up cars and fake corpses on them. It reminded me of the dance scenes shot in Staying Alive, where the dancers barely jump, yet the camera angle (shot from the ground looking up) is made to make it seem like their little jumps are in fact giant leaps. The trouble with that is it was obvious that's what was being done, that it didn't work, and that by not working, it made the movie look all the more comical. It's the same thing with this. The outdoor shots look small and staged and artificial (kind of like the fake corn in Hemingford Home).

Then the casting. The roles that seemed to be cast the best were those of Nick Andros, Tom Cullen and Stu Redman. But Molly Ringwald as Fran Goldsmith was a joke (it seemed as though it was an excuse for her to get paid to wear yet another cute vintage ensemble from her closet), as was Matt Frewer as Trashcan Man. What happened to pimply, fat Harold Lauder? Instead we get a thin, comical, over-the-top self-righteous prig that did nothing to inspire any sense of impending danger or doom. Plus I got real, real tired of Ruby Dee's Mother Abigail having to intone (no less than four times) "Help us to STAND" (like, okay, author's message, I GET IT).

Yeah, I was so disappointed - there could have been so much more to this. There's some wonderful mini-series' out there that more than do the book justice (Lonesome Dove, is a prime example). The Stand ended up looking rushed and glamorized in ways it shouldn't have been. I do have my own version cast in my head, however, so in the future I'll return to that.


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