It

It

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Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

Cast: John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Tim Curry

     
 

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Originally titled Stephen King's It, this two-part TV movie first aired on November 18 and 20, 1990. The story starts in Maine, where a small child is lured into the hands of what audiences everywhere can be assured is one mean clown. The 30-year struggle against an evil supernatural force that masquerades as a circus clown named Pennywise (Tim Curry) begins inSee more details below

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Originally titled Stephen King's It, this two-part TV movie first aired on November 18 and 20, 1990. The story starts in Maine, where a small child is lured into the hands of what audiences everywhere can be assured is one mean clown. The 30-year struggle against an evil supernatural force that masquerades as a circus clown named Pennywise (Tim Curry) begins in 1960 and spans until 1990. Featured are a group of six young men and one young woman who call themselves "the lucky seven" and are the unfortunate targets of Pennywise from pre-adolescence into their mid-forties. The lucky seven emerge physically intact but emotionally scathed after their first battle with Pennywise -- who is a self-labeled "eater of worlds...and children." When Pennywise returns 30 years later, the seven are forced to remember their terrifying past and faced with the prospect of destroying him once and for all. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Barnes & Noble
One of the first of Stephen King's epic TV miniseries, It is an ode to the fears, fantasies, and friendships of youth. The sprawling story follows a group of childhood friends who return to their Maine hometown as adults to battle a demon from their past. A well-detailed adaptation of King's in-depth novel, It is beautifully structured, moving freely between past and present and perfectly realizing King's perennial, deeply resonant theme of the childhood fears that lurk beneath the veneer of adult life. It's an idea personified with devilish glee by Tim Curry, whose Pennywise the Clown is one of the demon's favorite forms. Clocking in around four-hours, It features a fine ensemble cast -- including John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Dennis Christopher, Olivia Hussey, and Richard Masur -- which is appropriate for what is perhaps the most character-driven of all King horror.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Stephen King's much-maligned It TV miniseries might not be quite as horrible as it's generally considered to be, though the final 30 minutes is every bit as brutally stupid and lame as just about everyone recalls. If you can get past Richard Thomas' stomach-turning yuppie ponytail, much of the first few hours is pretty engaging, with such strong horror moments strewn throughout as bloody balloons, off-the-wall fortune cookies, and even a wolfman pop-up to keep the creepy momentum going. Sadly, the forward motion comes to a dead halt late in the third act, where the plot takes over and the screams stop. By the time the flashlight-stomached spider monster shows up at the end, the silly shock of it has already been tempered by a lackadaisical buildup. True, the book itself isn't known for the strongest ending, but considering the time audiences already invested in the miniseries, the televised product tends to have a much more immediate visceral letdown. The acting is a hodgepodge affair that stacks up for the most part with only a few miscasts to slow the sucker down (again, John Boy anyone?). Of course, the crown of the series is owned by Tim Curry, whose playful menace as Pennywise scarred countless clown-fearers through the years. Leaps and bounds above The Stand miniseries that followed this one, It remains a miniseries event that pushed the boundaries of the medium thanks to its love of blood, clown-dog demons, and overall endangerment of children -- certainly a match made in televised heaven that even the King would enjoy!

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Release Date:
08/26/1997
UPC:
0085391271239
Original Release:
1990

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