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A retired soft-drink tycoon lives in a Kansas mansion with his son, daughter and odd family.

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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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDLBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Twister (artisan)" on IMDb

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By W. R. Isaacs on December 27, 2008
Format: DVD
"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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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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This was the stupidest movie I've seen on Amazon, and I've seen quite a few. There is no tornado as illustrated on the cover art, and the only twister involved is one that allegedly blows through, though we never get to see it. I kept hoping until the end that another twister would come along and pick the house full of nuts up and dump it somewhere, but no such luck.
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I am not a fan of movies that are vague,poinltess and endless, like this movie! I wish I could have the time back that I spent wasting watching this movie...I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't.
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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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Strange movie but I was in the mood for something different. Interesting interaction of characters.Definitely not what I expected.No storm chasing, etc. I might watch it again on another day to try to pay more attention to symbolisms.
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I am a fan of Crispin Glover, and since I could not find this movie anywhere just to watch it (even online streaming), I just had to buy it to my home collection. And as for me, there's not much to say about this film. I'm not from U.S.A. so I might not fully understand some of its cultural things, although I get the language, it's different. I'm just not sure that I properly understand the whole atmosphere of the movie. But I did enjoyed some of its dialogues and some colourful characters, like Chris played by Dylan McDermott and, of course, Howdy by Crispin Glover, who truly makes this film worth seeing 'cause he's as odd as usual for him! :^) And there are also some interesting moments with Cleveland (Harry Dean Stanton). In the end, we have a good movie, but not great. Because I can't realy say what it is about. I mean, I can guess that it's about the importance of family values, but TWISTER has some pretty strange ways of showing it. So it's definately to be seen, but not to be re-watched many times as BACK TO THE FUTURE, BARTLEBY or RUBIN AND ED etc.

P.S. Some relationships/families are twisters... Our whole life is a twister. What to do with this knowledge is yours to decide.
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