Twister

Twister

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Director: Michael Almereyda, Harry Dean Stanton, Suzy Amis, Crispin Glover

Cast: Michael Almereyda, Harry Dean Stanton, Suzy Amis, Crispin Glover

     
 
Don't mistake this movie for the stormy special-effects blockbuster of the same name; the two films are light years apart. Based on Mary Robison's novel Oh!, this Twister was the quirky first feature from screenwriter/director Michael Almereyda (Nadja, The Eternal) about an eccentric soda-pop tycoon and his dysfunctional family. Suzy Amis

Overview

Don't mistake this movie for the stormy special-effects blockbuster of the same name; the two films are light years apart. Based on Mary Robison's novel Oh!, this Twister was the quirky first feature from screenwriter/director Michael Almereyda (Nadja, The Eternal) about an eccentric soda-pop tycoon and his dysfunctional family. Suzy Amis plays Maureen Cleveland, a single mother who lives with her precocious daughter Violet (Lindsay Christman) and her very strange brother Howdy (Crispin Glover) in the family mansion, tended by the young live-in housekeeper Lola (Charlaine Woodward). Maureen's ex-boyfriend Chris (Violet's father) comes back to town with the intention of rescuing Maureen and Violet from Kansas so they can start a family of their own. This turns out to be more difficult than he expected. Maureen is still angry about their break-up and seems unresponsive to his earnest and somewhat clumsy displays of affection. Howdy is too busy writing nonsensical songs and hanging out with his new girlfriend Stephanie (Jenny Wright) to be of any help. To complicate matters, their father Eugene (Harry Dean Stanton) shows up with a prudish children's TV evangelist named Virginia (Lois Chiles) and announces their engagement. No one gets along, and soon all are trapped indoors during a particularly bad Kansas twister. As the storm rages outside, Maureen and Howdy cook up a plan to find their long-lost mother, who may be the only person who can explain why they are all so odd. Like Almereyda's later films, Twister is a kaleidoscope of absurd conversations, oddball characters, and events that seem to happen for no reason at all. It's a perfect vehicle for Crispin Glover, who delivers some of the film's wackiest dialogue as the rich kid comfortably living in his own fantasy world. Tim Robbins makes an appearance as Stephanie's jealous ex-boyfriend Jeff, and author William S. Burroughs has a cameo as a farmer shooting targets in an empty barn.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0012236145837
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
47,972

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen version; 2.0 Dolby stereo surround; Digitally mastered; Scene selection; English closed captioned

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Dean Stanton Eugene Cleveland
Suzy Amis Maureen Cleveland
Crispin Glover Howdy Cleveland
Dylan McDermott Chris
Jenny Wright Stephanie
Lois Chiles Virginia
Charlaine Woodard Lola
William S. Burroughs Man in Barn
Lindsay Christman Violet
Donal Donnelly Doctor
Tim Robbins Jeff
Ron Vawter Man in Bar

Technical Credits
Michael Almereyda Director,Screenwriter
Renato Berta Cinematographer
Dan Bishop Art Director
Dianna Freas Set Decoration/Design
Joe Gayton Screenwriter
Dan Ireland Executive Producer
William J. Quigley Executive Producer
Wieland Schulz-Keil Producer
Roberto Silvi Editor
Aron Warner Production Manager
David Wasco Production Designer
Carol Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Homecoming [5:02]
2. Family Values [5:23]
3. Indecent Proposal [3:51]
4. Soup to Nuts [9:01]
5. Mommy Dearest [3:20]
6. Small Cows [1:27]
7. Calm Before the Storm [3:30]
8. Against the Wind [6:38]
9. God's Good Graces [4:12]
10. Rough Housing [1:20]
11. Picking Up the Wreckage [2:54]
12. At the Drive-In [3:06]
13. Love on Fire [4:34]
14. Prayer Corner [3:15]
15. The Truth About Dad [3:30]
16. Ireland [4:39]
17. Emergency Room [3:58]
18. Sobriety [2:23]
19. The Exterminator [6:18]
20. Insane in the Brain [5:33]
21. Family Portrait [6:44]
22. End Credits [2:30]

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