When a deadly virus escapes from a government research facility, few prove to be immune to its effects. With symptoms similar to the flu, those who come into contact with it quickly die. One survivor is Stu Redmond, a gas station attendant from Texas, who suffers no ill effects whatsoever. Kept in a medical research facility in Vermont, doctors try to determine why he is still alive. Others that also survive include Frannie Goldsmith who lives with her dad; Nick Andros, a deaf-mute; a rock musician, Larry Underwood; and Lloyd Henreid, in jail for murder. Survivors begin to have dreams, either about an old Afican-American woman, Mother Abigail, or a much scarier evil man.
Did You Know?
Stu Redman (Gary Sinise
) is shown in the Vermont Disease Control Center to be reading a novel by Elmore Leonard
. Stephen King
references Leonard in some of his other fiction, such as his 2011 novel "11/22/63". See more
The town of Arnette, Texas is displayed as being near the Texas/Louisiana border in far East Texas. Arnette is on the opposite side of Texas near the New Mexico border in far West Texas. See more
Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub.
The film opens with white words on a black screen: This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper. (These four lines are the final stanza from T.S. Eliot
's poem "The Hollow Men".) See more
The US DVD by Artisan contains a few uncensored scenes which were edited for the TV release. The back of this DVD lists the run time as 366 minutes but is actually 361 minutes. The US DVD released by Paramount is the edited TV version and runs 2 minutes shorter at 359 minutes. All other DVDs in other regions contain this edited TV version but run times vary only because of NTSC to PAL transfers, not because of any added or deleted scenes. See more
Baby Can U Dig Your Man
Written by Stephen King
and Al Kooper
Performed by Al Kooper See more