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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't Breathe. Don't Look Back. 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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first music video played by Dusty in the TV of his van is Eric Clapton "Motherless Child". Later, he played Deep Purple "Child in Time". See more »

Goofs

When Bill and Jo are strapped to the water pipes in the final twister scene, after the tornado passes and they are back on the ground, one of their leather straps are already broken. In this condition it never would have held itself on that pipe, let alone an average sized human being. See more »

Quotes

Dusty: [holding onto the drivers side window] Fashionably late again, eh Jonas? Fashionably late. Gimme kiss baby!
[kisses Eddies cheek]
Eddie: Get outta here!
Dusty: [laughing; points at Eddie as they drive by] Loser! Move on!
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Crazy Credits

Despite being filmed in Panavision, the "Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision" credit was used instead. 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 Hang Time: Twister (1997) 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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Fun
4 May 2003 | by staisil2See all my reviews

This is a really fun movie with a great cast headed by Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. It may not be a frightning, or even suspensful, but it does the trick. Along with great acting and decent writing, the special effects were awesome and it made you feel like you were really there. 8 out of 10.


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