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Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)

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A prequel to Tremors (1990), this movie tells us about how the town of Perfection, Nevada became founded and how they defended it against the Graboids with the help of Burt Gummer's ancestor, Hiram.

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S.S. Wilson

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S.S. Wilson (characters), Brent Maddock (characters) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gross ... Hiram Gummer
Sara Botsford ... Christine Lord
Billy Drago ... Black Hand Kelly
Brent Roam ... Juan Pedilla
August Schellenberg ... Tecopa
J.E. Freeman ... Old Fred
Ming Lo ... Pyong Lien Chang
Lydia Look ... Lu Wan Chang
Sam Ly ... Fu Yien Chang
Neal Kopit Neal Kopit ... Victor
Sean Moran Sean Moran ... Western Union Clerk
Matthew Seth Wilson Matthew Seth Wilson ... Brick Walters
John Dixon ... Big Horse Johnson
Dan Lemieux Dan Lemieux ... Stony Walters
Don Ruffin ... Soggy
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In 1889, the town of Rejection, Nevada, depends on a nearby silver mine for its income. Rejection has a few residents. Christine Lord runs the local inn, which doesn't get a lot of business because Carson City is the busiest settlement in the area. Pyong Lien Chang, his wife Lu Wan Chang, and his son Fu Yien Chang are immigrants from China, and they own Chang's Market. Other residents include Old Fred, Brick Walters, Stony Walters, Big Horse Johnson, Soggy, miner Juan Pedilla, and Christine's friend Tecopa. When a hot spring causes four eggs to hatch, several men who work in the silver mine are killed by whatever hatched from the eggs. Everyone is too terrified to enter the mine. No one wants to risk their lives, even if shutting down the mine would mean the death of the town. With the mine shut down, the mine's owner, Hiram Gummer, arrives in the area from Philadelphia to investigate. Juan acts as Hiram's guide. As it turns out, each egg hatched a Graboid, but 1889 was about 100 ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Rated PG-13 for creature violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Tremors 4 See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Stampede Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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The idea of a character running up a telephone pole has been written in and written out several times, and finally you get to see Juan pull the stunt off in this Tremors film. See more »

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In the first film it is revealed that Perfection was established in 1902 yet the whole sequence of events in this film was set in 1889. See more »

Quotes

Juan Padilla: You always had everything, didn't you?
Hiram Gummer: Several of everything.
Juan Padilla: I just like to get one of something.
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Fun with the Graboids - Old West Style
6 January 2004 | by Maven-3See all my reviews

This film stays in the vein of campy, but brilliant action flick much like Tremors 3. It's humorous, scary, and always exciting.

Building on the success of Michael Gross as Burt Gummer, we have Gross as the ancestor of Burt, Hiram Gummer. Hiram is a wealthy owner of the local mine. He is snotty, cowardly, and can't shoot a gun to save his life. The townspeople really don't care for him and his greedy ways.

He arrives just as the mine is being abandoned. 17 miners have disappeared in the caves and everyone is scared to enter. The local Indian claims it to be spirits haunting the caves. Hiram needs the silver in the mine to remain wealthy and gathers a ragtag group of desperate miners to check it out. A brief attack by "dirt dragons" and Hiram is ready to abandon the town of Rejection and his mine. The few remaining townspeople are desperate for a solution.

If you enjoy the Tremors franchise you will love this new installment. The special effects are awesome, using giant "puppets" instead of cgi adding a real quality to the attacks. The origins of the graboids are somewhat revealed and the town of Perfection is born. There are many references to the first Tremors and fans will appreciate the thought put into the film. I truly enjoyed this Graboid attack. 7/10.


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