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Atomic Twister (2002)

The staff of a nuclear reactor must struggle to avert a disaster when tornadoes cause damage that threatens to start a meltdown.


Bill Corcoran


Ron McGee




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Lawrence ... Corrine Maguire
Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Deputy Jake Hannah
Carl Lewis ... Securityman Stu
Jonathan Blick Jonathan Blick ... Potter (as Johnny Blick)
Daniel Costello ... Campbell Maguire
Charmaine Guest ... Ashley Bishop
George Henare ... Manuel Fluentez
John Leigh ... Deputy Rollins
John Sumner ... Neville
Corbin Bernsen ... Sheriff C.B. Bishop
David Aston ... Man at Cliff
Paul Barrett Paul Barrett ... Fuel Tanker Driver
Grant Bridger Grant Bridger ... Maguire's Neighbor
Katrina Devine ... Gloria
Peter Feeney ... Fireman


When tornadoes hit a nuclear power plant, critically damaging the plant's cooling system, the results could be catastrophic. Atomic Twister, a countdown to disaster, traces an extraordinary day in the lives of small town citizens who unexpectedly find themselves facing the possibility of mass destruction. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It Takes A Disaster to Make A Hero. See more »


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Release Date:

9 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alerte maximum See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming, the cast and crew took tours around the North Island of New Zealand. Helicopter tours were taken and the American cast was welcomed by the Kiwi People of New Zealand. See more »


When Jake and his mum are running toward the cellar and the power line falls on top, The struts holding up the wires disappear when they begin to run. See more »


Potter: [reading through an Emergency Procedure book] Okay we call the NRC... and we get everyone out of here.
Corrine Maguire: [sarcastically after already telling him that is what they would say] Thanks Potter, duly noted.
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Referenced in Tornado Warning (2002) See more »

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Totally unbelievable!
10 June 2002 | by Glenn-47See all my reviews

Where to start with this movie! Are we to believe that a Nuclear power plant operates with just 4 people? Are we to believe the sheriff (Corbin Bernson) is psychic? This movie was so predictable as to be laughable! It's amazing how a diesel generator that no one knew about and hadn't been used in 15 plus years could magically be hooked back up with the push of a button and of course it wouldn't start until the heroine yelled at it! Not to mention that tornado's magically appear and chase the main characters all the time! To compare this movie in anyway to Twister is totally ridiculous!! This is not even a bad imitation of a bad imitation!

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