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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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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>

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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 »

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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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Trivia

Two of the character's names are Stanley and Kubrick. See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) While chasing the first tornado, the team obviously turns onto a dirt road (all the dirt flying up as they turn). When Jo's truck drops in front of Melissa driving the red truck and she swerves out of the way, the tires make squealing noises as if they were on a paved road.

It was in fact a paved road/highway, it is common in flood plains to have gravel and dirt accumulate at intersections as was indicated when they initially turned onto the road. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Storm Chasing: The Anthology (2016) 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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My all-time favorite.
15 March 1999 | by billybob-8See all my reviews

Hey people come on! Give TWISTER another chance! Films, even action films, don't HAVE to have "an inventive plot" or "decent performances" or "a script that wasn't written by a machine" to be "good." All I need is light, noise, and lotsa 'splosions! Take those elements and paste over a thin layer of worn-out story borrowed from 10 or twelve other movies and you got a winner, thank you! Throw in some great acting-Bill Paxton's "staring at the dirt" moment alone FLOORS me. And ever notice how Helen Hunt is constantly bustling about with her head down whenever she's not scrunching her face into her patented "I'm sad and cute" look (Hello Oscar!)-that's ACTING! And Jamie Gertz! Welcome back to the cinema! I haven't seen you since LISTEN TO ME! And don't even get me started on the lovable ragamuffins known as the "storm chasers"! The way they're thrown at us like we'll immediately love them! The way you're not sure how many of them there are! (And the fat red-hared "dude"! That's what they mean by COOL! I mean COOL-AGE!) And Cary Elwes! What a great villian! He's in it for the money!(Hsss!) At first I wasn't sure what accent he was doing, since it changed every scene, but then I realized he was doing all of them! And the F/X! WOWWW!!! This movie follows the rule "We got a computer, who needs a script?". I love how the characters "find" the big tornado in the end-on a perfectly sunny day, no less-and drive right up to it with no damage done! I can't wait to try that myself! (I just hope I have lots of cans of delicious refreshing Pepsi-Cola(TM)!!!)

To sum up, this is a rollercoaster wrapped inside a thrillride of a movie and I implore you to give a second chance! Please don't get hung up on this notion that a big budget action film could actually be daring and original and even a little smart. All we need are CGIs and THX sound and films made by the marketing department of the studios to keep us happy! Give me more! I'm waiting!


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