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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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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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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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Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The instrumental rock song in the ending credits is "Respect the Wind", written and performed by Eddie and Alex Van Halen. See more »

Goofs

(at around 4 mins) In the opening scene, when Jo's family is in the cellar, her father tries to hold the door shut, and ends up getting consumed by the tornado. Jo and her mother, despite the door being torn off, remain unaffected by the tornado. Thus it was unnecessary for the father to try to hold the door shut, as he also could have been safe had he simply stayed away from the door. See more »

Quotes

Haynes: [listening to Bill and Jo argue on the CB] I think they're getting better at this.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, the Warner Bros. logo (USA prints) and the Universal Pictures logo (International prints) are in appears in the smoking of worse clouds. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Twisted
Written by Stevie Nicks
Produced by Lindsey Buckingham
Performed by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham
Lindsey Buckingham Appears Courtesy of Reprise Records
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Twister, not just a party game
28 September 2008 | by Tucker JaySee all my reviews

Being from the west coast I never had a whole lot of interest in the natural phenomena showcased in this film. Where I live an inch of rain is headline news. I had absolutely no interest in Twister until I saw it was on late one boring night. Having nothing better to do, I obliged the television and payed attention. I found Twister to be what I call a nice bedtime movie. While it failed to anthropomorphize the tornado the way Backdraft successfully did with fire, the characters were well fleshed out, there was a healthy balance of comedy, drama and (at the time) cutting edge special FX. I found that as long as the viewer came in with no expectation, Twister would be a fun and easy to watch nappy time movie, perfect for watching on a rainy day, curled up with a blanket. So to sum everything up, don't expect an epic, emotionally charged extravaganza, but if you are willing to accept a decently woven story with reasonably believable characters, and have a rainy afternoon to kill, check out Twister. You shouldn't be too disappointed.


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