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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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A family fights to survive nature's deadliest force See more »


Action | Drama | Family


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An overpass isn't the ideal shelter for a tornado and neither a firetruck. See more »


In Nebraska, there is no town named Blainsworth, though there is an Ainsworth that would be similar in size to the town portrayed in the movie. However, Ainsworth is over 130 miles NNW of Grand Island, Nebraska, where the tornado outbreak actually took place. Grand Island would've had a population of 35,000 or so in 1980, which is considerably larger than fictional Blainsworth's population. See more »


Arthur Jones: [the words "TORNADO WARNING" are flashing on the TV screen] What does that thing mean?
Dan Hatch: It basically means we're in deep trouble.
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Crazy Credits

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Belongs on MST3K
11 September 2003 | by vattenpojkeSee all my reviews

I am meteorologist by degree. They either had no scientific consultants or they came pretty cheap. Worse science than "Twister". My favorite line is when the "meteorologist" says that the northwest to southeast movement of the storms is so unusual that in his 25 years of experience he has never seen storms move that way. In fact, they move that way pretty often and TEND to become severe as a result. The guy was asleep on the job for 25 years. Those who know how to forecast tornadoes by turning their television sets on and adjusting the brightness should also:

1) Wear aluminum foil on their heads to keep the aliens from reading their minds 2)Turn the TV off, because "They're here!" 3)Stop adjusting their set, because "We control the horizontal. We control the vertical".

This movie might fool some very naive people, but even my wife, who is no dummy, laughed out loud at the first rotating radar image of a "bizarre" thunderstorm.

Excuse me. I have to puke.

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Release Date:

14 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada

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