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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 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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The Dark Side of Nature. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Amblin Entertainment has collaborated with both Warner Bros. and Universal on many occasions (Amblin co-founder Steven Spielberg directed films for both studios), as of 2014, this film marks the only time Amblin collaborated with both studios on the same film. See more »

Goofs

We all know that when any tornado is on the ground and/or near moving towards us, things get blown around, like trees, grass, and other things. There are two things that I found that didn't look right. It's in the scene when the F-5 tornado is chasing Bill and Joe to the Barn. First the grass and cornfield are moving but not the trees. And second, when the tornado blows away the brown picket fence we see most of the pickets shoot upwards, which is impossible because they are nailed to horizontal boards. It would either take a far stronger wind than they're currently in to rip the pickets straight up, or the pickets were made out of far cheaper wood than they appear to be. See more »

Quotes

Beltzer: Hey there professor, I think I fixed it.
Jo: [dish sparks while standing on top of his van] Fuck me, this thing is useless!
Beltzer: Sorry, Jo.
Jo: [dish works] That's good!Thats Good! Beltzer get me a reading.
Beltzer: Hang on a second, boss lady, hold your horses. Which way you want it, Jo?
Jo: Looks like the dry line has stalled. A sector scan of West North-West look for rotation and increase the PRF.
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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

The UK cinema version was uncut though all video/DVD releases were cut by 1 second to remove two instances of the word "fuck" in order for the film to receive a PG rating. The BBFC added that "The swearing was very indistinct and we didn't hear it on the cinema version, but VHS and DVD versions are cut to remove it". See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.42 (2016) See more »

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She Ain't Coming Back
Written by Chris Lindsey and Marv Green
Performed by Joe Diffie
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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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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