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Twister (1996)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Jo Harding
... Bill Harding
... Dr. Jonas Miller
... Dr. Melissa Reeves
... Dustin Davis
... Meg Greene
... Robert 'Rabbit' Nurick
... Allan Sanders
... Jason 'Preacher' Rowe
... Tim 'Beltzer' Lewis
... Joey
... Haynes
... Laurence
... Eddie
... 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 »


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

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10 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Catch the Wind  »

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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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Trivia

(at around 1h 14 mins) Lois Smith's character is reading Dante Alighieri's Inferno when the twister hits Wakita. The book also features a tornado in the second circle of Hell that punishes people ruled by Lust. See more »

Goofs

In one scene one of the chasers gets out of his vehicle after a tornado dissipated and says, "The cone of silence!". This is not a physical thing one witnesses, but is simply that part of the sky which the radar does not sample since it does not tilt vertically when it scans. That missing area is conical in shape. He misused the term. See more »

Quotes

Dusty: Jo! Bill! Did you see that explosion?
Jo: [having just driven through the exploding petroleum truck with Bill] Yeah, we saw it.
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Crazy Credits

Despite being filmed in Panavision, the "Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision" credit was used instead. See more »

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References Big Wednesday (1978) See more »

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Motherless Child
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I like Twister
12 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I get a lot of stick from friends for saying this, but: I really like Twister. I enjoy a good thoughtful film as much as the next stuck-up film snob, but I also love damned good action flicks.

Twister is a big dumb summer blockbuster with no pretensions whatsoever. I *like* the fact that the money is all up there on the screen - lots of tornadoes ripping apart farmhouses and throwing trucks around. I *like* that it's one long chase movie. I *like* looking at Helen Hunt's beautiful face. I saw Twister twice at the cinema, and at least three times since - and I've enjoyed it every single time. Can you get a better recommendation than that?

Twister will never satisfy some people... in particular, those who watch it, for some strange reason, expecting a cerebral masterpiece. Enjoy it for what it is: One of the best summer blockbusters ever.


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