Twister

Twister

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Director: Jan de Bont

Cast: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes

     
 

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Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel ofSee more details below

Overview

Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of a gigantic tornado. In order to focus on special effects and action, the story is simple and the characters are drawn in broad strokes with little depth. Jo Harding (Hunt) became a storm chaser (a meteorologist who photographs and scientifically studies tornadoes in the field) after a large twister sucked her hapless daddy into oblivion when she was a girl. Bill (Paxton) was a storm chaser too, but left to become a successful weatherman. His change of profession ruined his marriage to Jo. Before separating, the Hardings invented DOROTHY, a gizmo designed to release thousands of tiny sensors when a tornado passes over it. The Hardings hope the information transmitted by the sensors will provide insight into the nature of the whirling windstorms. Backed by a large corporation, the villainous Dr. Jonas Miller (Elwes) has created a similar machine. Neither gadget has been field tested and both groups of storm chasers are anxious to find tornadoes. At the peak of the worst twister season in decades, Bill shows up at Jo's truck with his prissy fiancee Melissa (Jami Gertz) so Jo can sign divorce papers. Suddenly a twister is spotted. With little hesitation, Bill rejoins the mad rush to reach it in time to activate DOROTHY. Jonas and his team are right behind them. Throughout the day the storms become worse and the rivalrous race becomes more intense. As they continue facing incredible dangers together Jo and Bill find renewed love while poor Melissa finds only an intense desire to get away from these storm-obsessed lunatics.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Trading in the bus for a tornado, Speed director Jan De Bont brews up one of the most spectacular natural disaster films to ever hit the screen. When a record-breaking number of tornadoes attack the Midwest, Jo (Helen Hunt) and Bill (Bill Paxton) lead their team of "storm chasers" through Oklahoma in hopes of recording scientific evidence and devising an earlier warning system. Thought the nominal story takes a backseat to the truly amazing special effects, there is an appealing chemistry between Hunt and Paxton, and the supporting cast (led by Cary Elwes and Phillip Seymour Hoffman) supplies laughs. And if character development sometimes gets lost in the storm, De Bont creates a memorable villain in the devastatingly believable -- and beautiful -- spectacle of a computer-animated tornado. The skies are threatening, the landscape sweeping, and cows and tractors flying through the air will remind you of that other famous Hollywood cyclone. No one ends up in Oz here, but Twister has a magic all its own. -- J. D. Merrill

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929106042
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
302

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes documentary Anatomy of the Twister; Feature-length audio commentary by director Jan De Bont and visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier; Music video: Van Halen's Humans Being; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Hunt Jo Harding
Bill Paxton Bill Harding
Cary Elwes Dr. Jonas Miller
Jami Gertz Melissa
Lois Smith Aunt Meg
Alan Ruck Rabbit
Scott Thomson Preacher
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dusty
Todd Field Beltzer
Joey Slotnick Joey
Jeremy Davies Laurence
Zach Grenier Eddie
Nicholas Sadler Kubrick
Anthony Rapp Tony
Abraham Benrubi Bubba
Jake Busey Mobile Lab Technician
Richard Lineback Father
Rusty Schwimmer Mother
Taylor Gilbert Bryce, NSSL Scientist
Bruce Wright Murphy, NSSL Scientist
Gregory Sporleder Willie
Anneke De Bont Farm Girl
Paul Douglas Bodger
Gary England TV Meteorologist
Patrick Fischler The Communicator
Jennifer L. Hamilton Drive-In Girl
Eric LaRay Harvey Eric
Melanie Hoopes Patty
Wendle Josepher Haynes
Dan Kelpine Diner Mechanic
Jeff Lazalier TV Meteorologist
J. Dean Lindsay Dean
Samantha McDonald Drive-In Girl
Rick Mitchell TV Meteorologist
Sharonlyn Morrow Waitress
John Thomas Rhyne Paramedic
Alexa Vega Jo, 5 Years Old
Ben Weber Stanley
Sean Whalen Sanders

Technical Credits
Jan de Bont Director
Ian Bryce Producer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Michael E. Burke Special Effects
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Matthew Carlisle Asst. Director
Michael Crichton Producer,Screenwriter
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
James M. Halty Stunts
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Michael Kahn Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Anne-Marie Martin Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald R. Molen Executive Producer
Jerry Molen Executive Producer
Joseph C. Nemec Production Designer
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
Geoffrey Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Patrick M. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Brad Wilder Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Twister
1. 1960 Prologue [4:46]
2. A Long Day Ahead [:56]
3. One More Signature [7:04]
4. Dorothy [3:00]
5. Tagging Along [3:06]
6. Corporate Kissbutt [2:14]
7. Storm Chaser Medley [5:33]
8. Getting Better at This [2:19]
9. Intercept Course...in a Rut [2:41]
10. Braced for Action [1:41]
11. "Where's My Truck?" [2:31]
12. Battle Zone [5:37]
13. Cow in the Core [3:34]
14. Tall Tales of the Extreme [4:24]
15. Like Old Times [3:33]
16. Rabbit Tracks [3:29]
17. The Fun Part [2:28]
18. In Harm's Way [3:06]
19. In Front of Jo and... [3:02]
20. The Shining - and the... [4:13]
21. Helter Skelter Shelter [1:59]
22. "I Can't Compete with..." [3:43]
23. Rescuing Meg [3:01]
24. What Jo Does [4:30]
25. Making Dorothy Fly [1:48]
26. Out on a Limb [3:19]
27. Heavy Traffic [2:16]
28. Right at Jonas [1:10]
29. Dodging Deadly Debris [3:12]
30. Launch Complete [1:42]
31. Had a Farm [2:37]
32. Hang On! [2:16]
33. Seen Enough Sky [2:19]
34. Landscape / End Credits [2:08]

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