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Grand Tour: Disaster in Time (1992)

Timescape (original title)
Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, Widower (Ben Wilson) and daughter (Hillary) are visited by a woman seeking immediate lodging for her strange group of travellers. Why ... See full summary »


David Twohy (as David N. Twohy)


Henry Kuttner (novel), C.L. Moore (novel) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Ben Wilson
Ariana Richards ... Hillary Wilson
Emilia Crow Emilia Crow ... Reeve
Jim Haynie ... Oscar
Marilyn Lightstone ... Madame Iovine
George Murdock ... Judge Caldwell
David Wells ... Quish
Nicholas Guest ... Spall
Robert Colbert ... Undersecretary
Time Winters ... Reverend
Anna Neill Anna Neill ... Sue Appleton
Willie Rack Willie Rack ... Billy Appleton
Mimi Craven ... Carolyn
Jacquie McClure Jacquie McClure ... Mrs. Beecher
Steven Gilborn ... Doctor


Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, Widower (Ben Wilson) and daughter (Hillary) are visited by a woman seeking immediate lodging for her strange group of travellers. Why they won't stay at the hotel in town is just the first of many mysteries surrounding the group that lead Wilson to a startling discovery affecting his family and neighbours. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

9 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grand Tour See more »

Filming Locations:

Drain, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based on the novella Vintage Season by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore. See more »


Undersecretary: There is a purpose to Time, you know... keeps everything from happening all at once.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Could be Twohy's Best to Date
10 November 2004 | by gravity3See all my reviews

Now let me justify that bold summary. Sure, PITCH BLACK and CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK have a zillion bucks of special effects up there on the screen. And I did actually enjoy PITCH BLACK for what it was. But it was pretty hard for me to get involved with the characters and care much about what happened to them between all the explosions and monsters and whatever. Let's face it, balancing truck loads of creatures, spaceships and other eye candy with a script (yes, these things do have a script) - and I mean the story in that script - is a tough job. Even Spielberg lost control of his story in a couple of films.

I'm really not putting down what director David Twohy has done since. I just think, in many cases, that a film can benefit from having technical limitations. It forces the director - and everyone else in the cast and crew - to focus on what really makes a great film: the story. THE GRAND TOUR has that big time.

It has characters that you can care about, because they're written well in the story. Ariana Richards is just right in this pre-JURASSIC PARK role, for example. Plus we get nice performances from character actors like George Murdock. There are some fairly decent twists to the story, because, well, there is a story. Which means the actors get some decent lines and don't spend the time screaming or saying things like "gotta kill a few people", or something just as insightful. The effects shots are kept to a minimum, most likely due to budget. So they matter less here, and we get nearly all of the camera time on the characters. And that makes the film work.

So what's my point? First, if you like sci-fi, especially low-key character driven sci-fi drama, then GRAND TOUR is a film worth seeing. Second, I think David Twohy the director is better when he lets David Twohy the writer really go to town. The only thing I like better of his, would be THE FUGITIVE (he wrote it but did not direct). Now GRAND TOUR is not perfect, and it's no FUGITIVE, but it's pretty entertaining and for Twohy in the director's chair, it's my favorite.

I do understand the need to "give 'em what they want" with the CGI and all, but one can balance story and visuals. I hope to see a Twohy film written this well get a real budget. Who knows, maybe folks would even go see it.

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