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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 June 1983 (USA)
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

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John Landis, George Clayton Johnson (screenplay by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Passenger / Ambulance Driver (prologue / segment "Time Out")
Albert Brooks ... Car Driver (prologue)
Vic Morrow ... Bill Connor (segment "Time Out")
Doug McGrath ... Larry (segment "Time Out")
Charles Hallahan ... Ray (segment "Time Out")
Rainer Peets Rainer Peets ... German Officer (segment "Time Out") (as Remus Peets)
Kai Wulff ... German Officer (segment "Time Out")
Sue Dugan Sue Dugan ... Waitress No. 1 (segment "Time Out")
Debby Porter ... Waitress No. 2 (segment "Time Out")
Steven Williams ... Bar Patron (segment "Time Out")
Annette Claudier Annette Claudier ... French Monther (segment "Time Out")
Joseph Hieu ... Vietnamese (segment "Time Out")
Al Leong ... Vietnamese (segment "Time Out")
Stephen Bishop Stephen Bishop ... Charming G.I. (segment "Time Out")
Thomas Byrd Thomas Byrd ... G.I. (segment "Time Out")
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Storyline

Prologue: a driver has a big surprise with his passenger. Segment 1 ("Time Out"): a bigot man hates Jews, Black and Asian people. One day he will live in the World War II, hunted down by KKK and attacked in Vietnam War and feel the effects of his hatred. Segment 2 ("Kick the Can"): In a nursing home, the elder inhabitants learn that their minds can keep them young. Segment 3 ("It's a Good Life"): a traveler hits a boy in a bicycle with her car and takes the boy home. Soon she learns that the powerful boy brought her home indeed. Segment 4 ("Nightmare at 20,000 feet"): a writer is scary to fly and soon he sees a monstrous creature destroying the airplane engines during a stormy night. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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On June 24th, four acclaimed directors, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante and Steven Spielberg take you to another dimension. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kick the Can See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,614,366, 26 June 1983

Gross USA:

$29,450,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,450,919
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Landis directed Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (1983), as well as Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). The two were close friends as a result, but Landis resented that Murphy did not support him while he was still embroiled in the Twilight Zone movie manslaughter case against him. Landis wanted Murphy to testify as a character witness on his behalf; or at least show up in trial as a show of support, but he refused. Murphy said the following about the conflict with Landis in a recent Playboy interview: "As it turned out, John always resented that I hadn't gone to his Twilight Zone trial. I never knew that; I though we were cool. But he'd been harboring it for a year. Every now and then, he would make little remarks, like, 'You didn't help me out; you don't realize how close I was to going to jail.' I never paid any mind." Murphy goes on to subtly indict Landis in the accident; or at least assign him some of the blame, in the interview: "I don't want to say who was guilty or who was innocent. But if you're directing a movie and two kids get their heads chopped off at twelve o'clock at night when there ain't supposed to be kids working, and you said, 'Action!' then you have some sort of responsibility. So my principles wouldn't let me go down there and sit in court. That's just the way I am." See more »

Goofs

In Segment #4, Mr. Valentine sits in seat 4A, but later on he is sitting directly over the wing. Seat 4A would not be over the wing on any modern commercial aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Co-Pilot: [John Valentine's just been taken away in the ambulance after the plane has landed] Weather hadn't broke we would've never gotten this baby down. We've had one hell of a night. We got the storm. We got the flame out. Then that freak show.
Old Woman: Not to mention the gun. The gun was awful.
Sky Marshal: He didn't have a gun.
Old Man: He didn't have a gun?
Sky Marshal: No, no. He didn't have a gun. It was my gun. I'm FAA. I'm authorized to have a gun.
Jr. Stewardess: He was so crazy. He smashed the window. What was he trying to do, get out?
Sky Marshal: It's ...
[...]
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National Geographic Fanfare
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Performed by Albert Brooks with alternate lyrics
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Tragic and Cult
25 March 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Prologue: a driver has a big surprise with his passenger (8) Segment 1 ("Time Out"): a bigot man hates Jews, Black and Asian people. One day he will live in the World War II, hunted down by KKK and attacked in Vietnam War and feel the effects of his hatred. Good episode with a surprising conclusion (7). Segment 2 ("Kick the Can"): In a nursing home, the elder inhabitants learn that their minds can keep them young. Reasonable episode only (6). Segment 3 ("It´s a Good Life"): a traveler hits a boy in a bicycle with her car and takes the boy home. Soon she learns that the powerful boy brought her home indeed. Good episode with a silly and disappointing conclusion (7). Segment 4 ("Nightmare at 20,000 feet"): a writer is scary to fly and soon he sees a monstrous creature destroying the airplane engines during a stormy night. Certainly the best episode (8).

Divided in prologue and four segments, "Twilight Zone: The Movie" is a tragic and cult movie. Tragic since Vic Morrow, the unforgettable Sgt. Saunders of "Combat!" series, died in a weird accident when the helicopter crashed on him and two children while making a scene. Directed by four great directors - Joe Dante (segment "It's a Good Life"); John Landis (prologue/segment "Time Out"); George Miller (segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"); and Steven Spielberg (segment "Kick the Can") - and with great names in the cast - Vic Morrow, Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Kathleen Quinlan, John Lithgow among many others, "Twilight Zone: The Movie" is highly recommended for fans of sci-fi and horror. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "No Limite da Realidade" ("In the Limit of Reality")


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