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Twister (1989)

Harry Dean Stanton , Suzy Amis , Michael Almereyda  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Suzy Amis, Crispin Glover, Dylan McDermott, Jenny Wright
  • Directors: Michael Almereyda
  • Writers: Michael Almereyda, Mary Robison
  • Producers: Dan Ireland, Wieland Schulz-Keil, William J. Quigley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDLBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), Suzy Amis and Dylan McDermott (TV's "The Practice") star in the gutsy (gusty?) madcap comedy, Twister A tornado writhes across the sprawling family estate of soda pop and miniature golf m

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4.0 out of 5 stars All it's Cracked Up to be December 27, 2008
"Twister" is one of Jim Jarmusch's favorite films. It's definitely an art movie, and if you like Tarkowski, Jarmusch, Waters, Bunuel, Ozu, Hartley, Hellman, Kusturica, or Fellini, then you have probably already seen it. "Twister" makes fun of how we become deranged by the constant spinning junk-storm of ordinary existence. Worthless myths masquerade as idealistic dreams. The characters are screwed up (i.e. twisted), but decent, and plenty intelligent. Messed up, not dumb. Family, romance, suburban consumerism, television, the selling of absurd myths, crank their minds into bozo balloons. The smily-face story lady on TV is Mom, and Dad is Lash LaRue (a whip wielding actor in '50s westerns.) Watch and sympathize as the son (Glover) tries to convince Dad that he should like gazpacho. It's a cold, funny, pathetic, compassionate, and tough scene.

By most standards, five stars would be fair. However, I actually dread inflating the category of films like "Red Beard", "City Lights", and "Dawns Here are Quiet", forgetting such transcendence is possible. Four stars, or, very very good, will have to suffice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars as great as you want it to be.... June 19, 2006
This movie is an interesting snapshot of some gifted actors in the late 1980's. Tim Robbins, who appears briefly in a cameo, obviously went on to have a major career. Crispin Glover found a unique niche of his own as an on- and off-screen eccentric. Suzy Amis appeared in a succession of minor roles and disappeared from movie screens. But more than that, Twisted in its entirety represents one of the signal artistic successes of that largely reactionary decade.

This is a film that can be watched as pure entertainment, and indeed it is hugely entertaining watching the Clevelands lurch from one catastrophe to another. But beyond that, it is filled with an unforgettable sequence of cinematic images: the opening shot of Violet dragging a vacuum cleaner across an empty field; the scene where Dylan McDermott deflates a large inflatable dinosaur with a smoldering cigarette butt; the plastic lizard that keeps migrating from one body of water to another; the voyeuristic helicopter; the golf shot from the widow's walk of the mansion; a lawn table floating in a swimming pool, a giant mascot lying in the wreckage spawned by a tornado. These images are precisely and beautifully composed but they are never presented as obvious symbols or filmic metaphors. Instead, they just exist alongside the capricious whims and behaviors of the Cleveland kids.

And that's not all. This is one of the few movies I can remember in which there is frequently no distinction between diagetic and non-diagetic musics. During the early interior scenes, the attentive listener will note that Milt Jackson has been tied up in the Cleveland's basement and administered a large dose of psilocybin--or so it sounds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film About Kansas Since The Wizard of Oz December 9, 2003
By andy7
Crispin Glover fans will be in hog heaven when they see this neglected classic. He chews up the scenery, spits it out, and chews it up all over again. He wears leather jackboots, cracks a whip, and plays echoplex guitar-drenched love songs that don't seem to go anywhere. He also sings a great song called "Daddy Was So Mean". His delivery is so delicate that every line spoken trembles with sensitivity.
Watch out for the million-dollar cameo from Bull Lee, author of "Junky".
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2.0 out of 5 stars :( May 3, 2014
By David
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Not such a gd movie. Not at all what I was thinking it be about. Not really anything to do with twisters
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it was...... May 3, 2014
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This is not the movie about tornadoes. It is a relationship movie which may appeal to some folks. I turned it off and deleted it from my watch list after 5 minutes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars stink November 4, 2013
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have to be honest...I wouldn't watch this again with a strangers eyes. I felt , even for free , I got ripped off
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