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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

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 »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

The main theme uses the same first four notes as the theme from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), only three notes higher. See more »

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After the final dirt dragon is destroyed by impact on the tractor, bits of its body are blown into the air near the men standing by the market. No pieces land on the men, but when they walk up moments later, Juan and Pyong both have the creature's guts on their shirts/shoulders. See more »

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Fu Yien Chang: What happened to the gingerbread?
Hiram Gummer: I ate it of course.
Fu Yien Chang: But I thought you said I could...
Hiram Gummer: A word of advice, young man. Anyone can be taken advantage of, and if you can, do.
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Good fun. Faithful to the series.
10 February 2007 | by vip_ebriegaSee all my reviews

My Take: The best of the straight-to-video TREMORS sequels.

Next to the original, this third sequel is one of the best. It's wonderfully packed with laughs, outrageous B-monster movie horror and a western flavor. The results are great. Michael Gross returns for this sequel, playing Burt's great-grandfather Hiram Gummer, who goes to the town of Rejection to investigate the death of miners in his priceless gold mine. But when he discovers that it has been enslaved by hungry graboids, he must lead the town to fight the beasts and save Rejection.

The film is a "prequel" to the original, and it's very faithful to the original "Tremors". Showing how it happened and who are the characters. The creature effects have improved from the previous sequel and Jay Ferguson's music is interesting, appropriate to the film's western atmosphere. And, oh yeah! I forgot about Billy Drago. He stars here, giving the weird performance he once applied in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables" and in the films by Cannon Films co. which he mostly starred in.

I really enjoyed this sequel, my line up for the series:

1. "Tremors" 2. "Tremors 4: The Legend Begins" 3. "Tremors 2: Aftershocks" 4. "Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

TV movie rating: *** out of 5.


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