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3.0 out of 5 stars I Love Creedence (ClearWater Revival), February 19, 2004
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This review is from: Twilight Zone [VHS] (VHS Tape)
After 20 plus years, TWILIGHT ZONE:THE MOVIE has attained somewhat of a cult following and has maintained a level that it is not too outdated, but did not do the original tv series justice. The movie will be remembered mostly because actor Vic Morrow (tv's COMBAT) was killed during filming along with two children. The first segment KKK is an original entry, directed by John Landis and starring Vic Morrow. It is not too inventive and very predictable. Morrow has made a career of playing baddies from BLACKBOARD JUNGLE to THE BAD NEWS BEARS so he was perfectly cast as the bigot who gets caught in a time warp to experience the suffering of the two groups he hates the most (blacks and jews). There is a segment where he is supposedly in Vietnam which doesn't go anywhere (because the scenes that were to be part of this sequence is where he got killed) but the producers stuck it in anyway. The next segment KICK THE CAN is directed by Spielberg who was continuing his period of working with children carried over from his film E.T. (and would culminate to his work on HOOK). This is a typical Spielberg directed sequence with a standout performance of Scatman Crothers as the instigator who entices the residences of an old folks home to think young again. The third segment ITS A GOOD LIFE is probably the most bizarre taking the original story to a more light-hearted approach. A boy who has the power to make anything he wishes come true while holding his family and townspeople at bay (in terror) was much more scarier and serious in the original tv episode. Director Joe Dante's take on it is more of a cartoon with a surprisingly upbeat and happy ending compared to the original's very downbeat ending. Bill Mumy (tv's LOST IN SPACE fame)who played the boy in the original tv episode makes a cameo appearance in the beginning of the sequence, but the cast (Kevin McCarthy,William Schallert,Lonna Schwab,Nancy Cartwright{voice of tv's Bart Simpson}) who plays the boy's terrorized family is the best part of the sequence along with lead Kathleen Quinlan. Finally, the last (and probably the best) segment, NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET is pretty close to the original tv episode compared to the other two segments. John Lithgow's performance as the frightened passenger who sees a gremlin on the wing of a plane which disappears when he tries to get others to look out the window is equal to that of William Shatner's performance from the original tv episode. The prologue with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks is amusing if not prdictable and the movie as stated still holds up despite its faults. Note: Look for a young John Larroquette in a brief appearance in the first segmnet (KKK).
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Initial post: May 17, 2009 2:55:33 PM PDT
A young John Larroquette in the first offering? Well yes, I grant that, young by today's standards (or even 2004's) when you wrote your review). But how soon we forget that Night Court which co starred Larroquette premiered around that time give or take a year. If you really wanna see a "young Larroquette" watch Baa Baa Black Sheep.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2010 6:19:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2010 6:19:46 PM PDT
"he movie will be remembered mostly because actor Vic Morrow (tv's COMBAT) was killed during filming along with two children." This was news to me. I had to Wiki the deaths that took place during the filming of this movie. When I was a kid this movie came on HBO all the time. Born in 1979, I don't remember any of the drama involved around it. Overall the years I have also watched repeats of the original Twilight Zone series. I thought overall they did well with it. I definitely will never forget it, especially It's a Good Life.
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