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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:

View content advisory »
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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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Night of the Twisters aired on October 25th 2008 on the television channel Tele 5 in Germany. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when the Hatches, Jenny and Bob outrun the tornado in their vehicles, they all park under an overpass for shelter. However while only Bob and Jenny exit their vehicle and the Hatches remain in their station wagon, weather experts have noted that it is extremely dangerous to take shelter under overpasses due to the Bernoulli effect, increasing the tornado danger by increasing wind speeds and funneling debris under the overpass. See more »

Quotes

Jenny: What happened?
Arthur Jones: He crashed and burned.
Dan Hatch: [to Arthur] Hey, I can speak for myself, thanks.
[to Jenny]
Dan Hatch: Crashed and burned.
Jenny: [laughs] Well, at least you didn't get hurt.
Dan Hatch: I'll just have to find a new sport.
Arthur Jones: Hm. Only sport you haven't failed at is yo-yo.
Dan Hatch: Shut up.
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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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User Reviews

A Good Movie Worth Your Time & Rental Fee! (I Bought It)
11 January 2000 | by scoobyg69See all my reviews

As I prepared to watch this film, I expected a cheap spin-off of that "OTHER" block-buster tornado movie. But I was pleasantly suprised and proven wrong. GRANTED, this made-for-television doesn't have the same budget as the Hollywood feature, but it does a GREAT job of story-telling and creating likeable characters. It even has cool special effects considering it was a television film. It was good to see John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard's) again, even though his acting hasn't improved much. It is the break-out performance of Devon Sawa which carries this family-thriller, he has a natural talent that could bring him to greater things, keep watching for him in future projects. I was also impressed with it's ability to remain a FAMILY film without dipping into profanity and sex, yet still have it's fair share of thrills and tense moments. This is a good movie that is worth your time and rental fee. You can invite you parents over and let the kids stay up for this one. Good Job FAMILY CHANNEL, we salute you!


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