Twister (1996)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Paul Douglas Bodger
Cary Elwes Dr. Jonas Miller
Gary England TV Meteorologist
Todd Field Tim 'Beltzer' Lewis
Jami Gertz Melissa
Helen Hunt Jo Harding
Eric LaRay Harvey Eric
Bill Paxton Bill Harding
Alan Ruck Rabbit
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dustin Davis
Lois Smith Aunt Meg
Scott Thomson Jason 'Preacher' Rowe
Alexa Vega Jo, 5 Years Old
Sean Whalen Allan Sanders
Movie Details
Genre Action; Thriller; Drama
Director Jan de Bont
Producer Ian Bryce; Michael Crichton
Writer Michael Crichton; Anne-Marie Martin
Studio UIP
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 114 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 5.9
Plot
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. — Sandra Brennan
Personal Details
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Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 085391832126
Chapters 34
Release Date 9/14/2004
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen DTS Surround Sound Closed-captioned Dolby