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Twister (1996)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 10 May 1996 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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:

$41,059,405, 12 May 1996

Gross USA:

$241,721,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$494,471,524
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In an early scene when Philip Seymour Hoffman is sitting on a lawn chair, he lifts his leg in the air while laughing. His genitals were fully visible for a split second. It was edited out of the DVD and VHS releases, but it was leaked from VHS screeners sent to industry professionals. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 11 mins) In the scene where the drive-in is destroyed by a large tornado, when the tornado is first shown it appears to be a half-mile wide wedge tornado (commonly regarded as being a violent tornado). The size of the tornado suddenly shrinks as it begins to destroy the screen that The Shining is playing on to being only roughly the width of the screen itself. When the tornado is shown again, after Jo, Bill and their crew take shelter in the steel garage the size reverts back to being wider than the screen itself. But tornadoes can and do quickly grow or shrink in size. See more »

Quotes

Melissa: [before they shake hands] Uh... it was nice meeting you.
Aunt Meg: Likewise. You better run.
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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

The pan & scan US VHS 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 »

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Features The Shining (1980) See more »

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Written by Lisa Loeb
Produced by Juan Patino and Lisa Loeb
Performed by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Courtesy of Geffen Records, Inc.
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"It was windy."
15 May 2003 | by DigitalHumanSee all my reviews

Solid follow up film for former cinematographer (it shows) Jan DeBont who's previous film 'Speed' redefined the action genre and added, well, speed, to the mix. He has a talent for making films that are extremely kinetic and seem to actually MOVE and Twister is no different.

The story is simple, we follow a group of storm chasers around tornado alley for 48hrs during the most active otbreak of tornao activity on record (not unlike what actually occured this past month in Oklahoma) all the while watching an estranged couple played by Hunt and Paxton fall in love again amongst the windswept action.

The tornados are awe inspiring works of digital wonder created by ILM and really come across as powerful. They're not so much portrayed as ordinary storms, but rather angry demons from above who wreak havoc on the landscape, they even roar like lions at times! Great film. And to those that think this film doesn't translate well to the home, you obviously don't have a Home Theater set up with Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1! The film RIVALS what I got at the theater in my home!


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