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NYC: Tornado Terror (2008)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 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.

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Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)

Writer:

T.S. Cook
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Cast

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 ... Pilot
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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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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It is stated that Dr. Liggenhorn is the only civilian enjoined by NASA from putting objects into orbit. NASA has no law enforcement capability. Any such ruling would come from the Federal Aviation Administration. See more »

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By the numbers
2 September 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A very predictable TV movie dealing with a disaster striking a leading US city. This time it's New York and electrically-charged super-tornadoes are to blame, leading to much destruction and chaos, albeit on a super-low B-movie budget.

It's fair to say that NYC: TORNADO TERROR offers nothing that hasn't been done before, and better. The special effects are dodgy, the characters are cardboard and the acting wooden. There isn't even a Michael Ironside or Lance Henriksen hanging around to bring a certain quality of gruff gravitas to the proceedings.

And yet, and yet, this isn't the worst I've seen. It's better than the same director's METEOR STORM, for instance. It helps that there are some unintentionally funny scenes, like when the group of survivors are menaced by a ball of lightning INSIDE a tower block. The silly special effects are easy to laugh at, as are the attempts to build a sense of overwrought menace. NYC: TORNADO TERROR is certainly a wretched production but one that provides a few laughs if you're in the right mood.


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