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Night of the Twisters (1996)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Family | TV Movie 14 February 1996
The residents of a small town come face to face with a deadly and unpredictable series of tornadoes. Among them is one boy struggling to keep his family safe in the dangerous weather.


Timothy Bond


Ivy Ruckman (novel), Sam Graham (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Sawa ... Dan Hatch
Amos Crawley ... Arthur Jones
John Schneider ... Jack Hatch
Lori Hallier ... Laura Hatch
Laura Bertram ... Stacey Jones
David Ferry ... Bob Irisen
Helen Hughes ... Grandma Belle Hatch
Jhene Erwin ... Jenny
Alex Lastewka Alex Lastewka ... Ryan Hatch
Thomas Lastewka Thomas Lastewka ... Ryan Hatch
Megan Kitchen Megan Kitchen ... Ronnie Vae
Graham McPherson Graham McPherson ... Calvert
Ted Simonett Ted Simonett ... Stan
Dan Petronijevic ... Tough Guy (as Daniel Petronijevic)
Don Allison Don Allison ... Phil


A Nebraska farm community is plagued by a storm with a series of tornados acting against normal patterns. Dan is left at home to look after his baby brother Ryan along with his friend Arthur while Dan's mother is at work. His stepfather goes to check on his grandmother. When a tornado destroys the house, Dan and Arthur attempt to re-unite the family Written by Jim Brawn <jim_brawn@amuc.mtroyal.ab.ca>

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They never saw it coming. See more »


Action | Drama | Family


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

14 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Twisters See more »

Filming Locations:

Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The novel was inspired by the 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak which in turn was adapted for the film. The novel however is semi-fictionalized. See more »


When the tornado is wrecking Dan's house. There is a scene where water is sucked through the toilet and the very next scene shows it shooting out of the stink pipe. This is impossible. When water gets flushed down the toilet, it goes through a different pipe in the floor. The stink pipe is connected to the fan(s) on the bathroom ceiling. See more »


Stacey Jones: [Stacy and Ronnie notice Danny and Arther wrestling on the ground] I hope I'm not interrupting anything too... macho?
Dan Hatch: No no... we were, just uh... testing the ground.
Arthur Jones: Yeah!
Dan Hatch: Nice and soft.
Stacey Jones: Hmm.
Arthur Jones: So uh, did Mom and Dad leave yet?
Stacey Jones: Yeah, big romantic weekend out on the lake.
Dan Hatch: So, uh, who's looking after you guys?
Stacey Jones: I'm in charge.
Arthur Jones: What could happen?
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits do not display the full cast. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A good family friendly tornado disaster film
8 May 2017 | by marshalphippsSee all my reviews

This film (which is based off the book of the same name) is a great film for the family when it comes to the subject matter of tornadoes. Some people may think this film is a ripoff of Twister due to the timing of the release, but I can assure you it's not, that honor goes to Tornado! starring Bruce Campbell.

Overall, Night of the Twisters keeps you entertained since the characters and disaster aspect has a happy balance and that the film can be enjoyed by both young and old audiences.

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