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Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)

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The now famous Burt Gummer returns to his hometown of Perfection, Nevada for the first time in years, but the deadliest Graboid evolution yet forces him to save the town he swore to protect.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gross ... Burt Gummer
Shawn Christian ... Desert Jack Sawyer
Susan Chuang ... Jodi Chang
Charlotte Stewart ... Nancy Sterngood
Ariana Richards ... Mindy Sterngood
Tony Genaro ... Miguel
Barry Livingston ... Dr. Andrew Merliss
John Pappas ... Agent Charlie Rusk
Robert Jayne ... Melvin Plug
Billy Rieck Billy Rieck ... Buford, Jack's Assistant
Kelly Connell ... Tourist Guy
Matthew Seth Wilson Matthew Seth Wilson ... Tourist Kid
Jason Hopkins ... Tourist Kid
Lorna Scott ... Tourist Lady
Mary Gross ... Tourist Mom
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Storyline

Third Tremors movie takes us back to the small Nevada town of Perfection where local resident and adventurer Burt Grummer returns after traveling abroad and killing carnivorous worms called "Graboids" (introduced in the first movie) and their offspring "Shriekers" (introduced in the second movie) to life in his home town and must deal with some crooked land developers, a thrill-seeking guy named Jack Sawyer looking for wealth in this potential tourist town, and eventually dealing with a new strain of Graboid worms that meta-morph into their second Shrieker phase, and whom unexpectedly morph into their third stage for another harrowing battle against Burt and Jack in the desert surrounding the town. Written by matt-282

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Rated PG for sci-fi violence and language | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

John Pappas (Agent Charlie Rusk) previously played the road worker Carmine in Tremors (1990) who gets eaten by a Graboid, in this he gets eaten offscreen by a Shrieker. See more »

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Agent Frank Statler: I am the granted authority to insure adherence to Section 1472-B of the Endangered Species Act, which guards the welfare of large-class desert reptilians. I'm enforcing an immediate ban on hunting of graboids in Perfection Valley.
Miguel: Those are my cattle out there, pendejo.
Agent Frank Statler: Aha.
Miguel: The BLM man gave permission to kill anything dangerous to my cattle: El lobo, el coyote, and el graboid.
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fun, but mildly disappointing
4 October 2001 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

The original TREMORS was a terrifically-fun film, and TREMORS 2 was an equally-fun sequel that captured everything from the original. Now we have TREMORS 3, which I've been anticipating ever since first hearing about it. Now that it's here and I've had the chance to see it, I have to say I'm a little disappointed. First, the bad points. No Fred Ward. I would love to have seen him return, and I'm not sure why he didn't unless he just felt like leaving the series behind. Also, the plot surprise this time around involving the Graboids is something of a disappointment. I won't ruin it for those who haven't seen it yet, but the discovery is less enjoyable that discovering the Shriekers in TREMORS 2. And we don't get to see much of the Graboids beyond a few minutes of screen-time scattered throughout the film. I would have liked a little more Graboid action. Now the good points. Michael Gross. Burt Gummer is back and better than ever, opening the film with a sequence in which he takes out a whole herd of Shriekers in Argentina with a high-powered dual-machine gun rig on the back of his truck. The action soon returns to the town of Perfection, Nevada, location of the first film, completely recreated for the film and looking identical to the setting in the original. Shawn Christian's Jack (like Christopher Gartin's character in TREMORS 2) could have easily been a terrible sidekick character, but is a character who's as likable as the others and well-played by Christian. Also nice is the return of those who lived in Perfection in the original film (those who survived, at least). Kevin Kiner's score is very different from the previous two, featuring a combination of driving synth rythyms and traditional orchestral scoring. A soundtrack would be most welcome. And thanks to having the same writers as the first two (an extreme rarity among sequels), the film has many references to past events that fans will delight in picking up and remembering. I enjoyed TREMORS 3, but felt it fell a little short of being completely satisfying like the other two. If only the big surprise had been something different (and better), this would be a flawless film. It's fun to watch and I'm sure I'll watch it many more times, but I wonder how long it will take before the surprise grows on me and I began to fully except it and like it. With the surprise being what it is, I'm not sure I would look forward to a TREMORS 4 (even though I'd probably watch it anyway) because it would have to continue the surprise. But this it's a must-see for TREMORS fans, because it does maintain the sense of fun and suspense found in the other two and is technically well-made, something that cannot usually be said for direct-to-video sequels (and second ones, at that).


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