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NYC: Tornado Terror (2008)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 4 October 2008
What appears to be harmless little whirlwinds and dust devils turns out to be a precursor to something deadlier and ends up threatening New York City's very existence.


Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)


T.S. Cook




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole de Boer ... Cassie Lawrence (as Nicole deBoer)
Sebastian Spence ... Jim Lawrence
Jerry Wasserman ... Mayor Leonardo
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Dr. Lars Liggenhorn
Colby Johannson ... Brian Flynn
Tegan Moss ... Lori Lawrence
Jill Morrison ... Lucy
Matthew Harrison ... Dr. Quinn
Paulo Ribeiro Paulo Ribeiro ... Lefferts
Jennifer Copping ... Maggie Flynn
Patricia Isaac ... Wife #1
Richard Ian Cox ... Herbert
Samantha Ferris ... Lillian
Emy Aneke ... Ken Hardsell
David Orth David Orth ... Pilot


An unexplained, local split in the atmosphere causes a series of total unpredictable, yet devastating tornadoes. Rookie fireman Brian Flynn gets trapped in the underground sewage with his girlfriend, deputy mayor James 'Jim' Lawrence and climatologist Dr. Cassie Lawrence's niece Lori. Mayor Leonardo of New York initially refuses to pay proper attention to the phenomenon, a 'reelection threat', so the alert status remains too low for long. Atypical lightning discovered inside tornadoes adds unprecedented dangers. The Lawrences and aeronautics renegade Dr. Lars Liggenhorn conceive a possible solution by launching rockets, but NASA's Dr. Quinn overrules them, imposing standard silver iodine. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

4 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York Tornado See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Oh, this is bad. Really bad.
11 April 2010 | by michelleebSee all my reviews

I like disaster movies. I even like the bad ones. But this - this goes beyond bad into utterly dire.

The characters are walking, talking clichés straight out of better disasters movies. Every single plot point is signposted ages before it arrives, and every situation is utterly predictable.

The writing and directing between them manage to suck all tension and excitement out of the story. The writing is obvious - and dull - and there is no build-up of tension at all. This is quite a talent. This writer has made a tornado hitting New York mind-numbingly dull. And the direction is of the 'point, shoot, move on to the next shot' variety.

As for the effects - c'mon guys, you've been doing special effects for nearly 100 years now - you can do better than this! Don't watch this. ever. It's two hours of your life you'll never get back and you'll regret it.

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