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Night of the Twisters (1996)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Family | TV Movie 14 February 1996
The residents of a small town come face to face with a deadly and unpredictable series of tornadoes. Among them is one boy struggling to keep his family safe in the dangerous weather.

Director:

Timothy Bond

Writers:

Ivy Ruckman (novel), Sam Graham (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Sawa ... Dan Hatch
Amos Crawley ... Arthur Jones
John Schneider ... Jack Hatch
Lori Hallier ... Laura Hatch
Laura Bertram ... Stacey Jones
David Ferry ... Bob Irisen
Helen Hughes ... Grandma Belle Hatch
Jhene Erwin ... Jenny
Alex Lastewka Alex Lastewka ... Ryan Hatch
Thomas Lastewka Thomas Lastewka ... Ryan Hatch
Megan Kitchen Megan Kitchen ... Ronnie Vae
Graham McPherson Graham McPherson ... Calvert
Ted Simonett Ted Simonett ... Stan
Dan Petronijevic ... Tough Guy (as Daniel Petronijevic)
Don Allison Don Allison ... Phil
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Storyline

A Nebraska farm community is plagued by a storm with a series of tornados acting against normal patterns. Dan is left at home to look after his baby brother Ryan along with his friend Arthur while Dan's mother is at work. His stepfather goes to check on his grandmother. When a tornado destroys the house, Dan and Arthur attempt to re-unite the family Written by Jim Brawn <jim_brawn@amuc.mtroyal.ab.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sie kämpfen gegen eine unberechenbare, tödliche übermacht! (They fight against an unpredictable, deadly superiority!) (German VHS) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Twisters See more »

Filming Locations:

Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The novel was inspired by the 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak which in turn was adapted for the film. The novel however is semi-fictionalized. See more »

Goofs

When the family is "escaping" from the twin tornadoes toward the end of the movie, the trash can that flies onto the windshield has almost no momentum and it flies in a slight upward arc before lightly hitting the glass; it was clearly tossed from just off screen. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Jones: [spinning a piece of wood on a rope] It's twister Auntie Em! It's twister! AAAAAAH!
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits do not display the full cast. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A Real Family Movie
1 September 2000 | by fenway-5See all my reviews

My kids and I have almost memorized the lines to "Night of the Twisters", we've seen it so many times! We have so many favorite scenes and lines that it's difficult to compile them all here! One thing for sure: You can watch this with your mother and not be embarrassed. It's about a family facing a natural disaster and its aftermath with courage and compassion. The filmmakers didn't succumb to any sexual innuendoes or "bad attitude" dialogue either. Some parts are kinda corny, but all in all, it's a refreshing change from the usual TV movie fare. I really enjoy watching Dan and Arthur "jamming" up in Dan's room before the storm hits; plus, how Dan so nonchalantly checks on his baby brother in the storm's beginning stages. Watch it when you can.


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