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Twister (1996)

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Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

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Jan de Bont
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Hunt ... Dr. Jo Harding
Bill Paxton ... Bill Harding
Cary Elwes ... Dr. Jonas Miller
Jami Gertz ... Dr. Melissa Reeves
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Dustin Davis
Lois Smith ... Meg Greene
Alan Ruck ... Robert 'Rabbit' Nurick
Sean Whalen ... Allan Sanders
Scott Thomson ... Jason 'Preacher' Rowe
Todd Field ... Tim 'Beltzer' Lewis
Joey Slotnick ... Joey
Wendle Josepher ... Haynes
Jeremy Davies ... Laurence
Zach Grenier ... Eddie
Gregory Sporleder ... Willie
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Storyline

TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Taglines:

The Beautiful yet Destructive side to life See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of very bad weather | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairfax, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,100,000, 12 May 1996

Gross USA:

$241,721,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,750,000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(at around 25 mins) When Jo and Billy's team are chasing a tornado in the cars, they play some songs: Dusty plays "Child in Time" of Deep Purple in a TV; Preacher hears "William Tell Overture" on the radio car; and Beltzer and Haynes sing "Oklahoma". See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 11 mins) In the drive-in scene, when Jo runs into the garage pit, you can clearly see a police car with its lights on stopping in the driveway, in terms the car would've been in the tornado's path and it would've possibly been destroyed. In reality during a tornado, police would've taken cover at the station and then respond to any injuries/deaths after the storm has passed. See more »

Quotes

[Jo is salvaging belongings from her crashed truck and looking at Bill's new truck]
Jo: You got full coverage on that truck?
Bill: Liability only.
Jo: [thoughtfully] Liability only...
Jo: It's a very pretty truck.
Melissa: [smiling] Thank you.
Bill: Don't even think about it.
[Jo keeps cleaning out her truck]
Bill: No way.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, the words "Tornadoes and Storm Chasers by The Weather Channel" are not the match with the rest of the closing credits roll. They are seem are wanted to added up later. See more »

Alternate Versions

US video pan&scan version contains an animated sequence before the main start that explains the definition of a Twister, featuring Bugs Bunny and the Tasmanian Devil. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Eagle Eye (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Talula (BT's Tornado Mix)
Written by Tori Amos
Performed by Tori Amos
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I Have No Idea Why People Are Bashing This Movie
7 April 2006 | by Workin_ManSee all my reviews

Twister, in my opinion, is a really good action thriller. Personally, I don't know how people can bash this movie. I thought it was an amazing film!! The acting is great, the special effects are excellent, the action is intense, and this film actually has a great storyline to it. To me, a 5.9/10 rating for this film is atrocious. I think this film deserves so much better!! I was thinking of somewhere in between a 7 and an 8/10. But I have my opinion and other people have their own right?? I just find it hard to believe that people don't like this movie.

Twister has everything I like in an action movie. It has amazing special effects, heart-stopping action, and a reasonably well written storyline. It even has some heartbreaking parts which almost brought tears to my eyes and I don't usually cry during movies. However I almost cried during Twister. Jan De Bont has created a very enjoyable that maybe doesn't come up to masterpiece material, but still is a memorable action movie that won't be forgotten for a long long time.


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