Twister


1h 54m 1996

Brief Synopsis

The largest storm to hit Oklahoma in more than half a century is brewing, and it promises to drop multiple twisters into Tornado Alley. It's the storm that two rival groups of scientists--Jo Harding and her band of brash university students, and corporate-sponsored Dr. Jonas Miller and his sleek, crack cadre with their state-of-the-art research vans--have been waiting for to earn their place in meteorological history. Each team wants to be the first to launch their own equipment pack inside a twister to transmit valuable scientific data about tornado behavior. But to do so, they must put themselves directly in the path of the marauding monster--and stay always just ahead of the swirling twister, anticipating its every move. Adding to the charged atmosphere, Jo's soon-to-be-ex-husband, meteorologist Bill Harding, reluctantly joins Jo and his old crew for this last, epic chase.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Adventure
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Robert K Maxfield
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Ames, Iowa, USA; Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Synopsis

The largest storm to hit Oklahoma in more than half a century is brewing, and it promises to drop multiple twisters into Tornado Alley. It's the storm that two rival groups of scientists--Jo Harding and her band of brash university students, and corporate-sponsored Dr. Jonas Miller and his sleek, crack cadre with their state-of-the-art research vans--have been waiting for to earn their place in meteorological history. Each team wants to be the first to launch their own equipment pack inside a twister to transmit valuable scientific data about tornado behavior. But to do so, they must put themselves directly in the path of the marauding monster--and stay always just ahead of the swirling twister, anticipating its every move. Adding to the charged atmosphere, Jo's soon-to-be-ex-husband, meteorologist Bill Harding, reluctantly joins Jo and his old crew for this last, epic chase.

Crew

Ria Pavia Adler

Casting Associate

Julie Adrianson Neary

Visual Effects

Alia Agha

Rotoscope Animator

John Aldays

Other

Jon Alexander

Visual Effects

David Amborn

Special Effects Foreman

Stanley A Amborn

Special Effects

Michael Anderson

Assistant

Leah Anton

Visual Effects

Lori Arnold

Special Effects

Joel Aron

Visual Effects

Al Bailey

Rotoscope Animator

Brydon Bertram Baker Iii

Boom Operator

Scott Balcerek

Effects Assistant

Keith Banks

Camera Assistant

Sheridan Ross Batson

Transportation Captain

Steve Battaglia

Assistant

Steven W Bauerfeind

Assistant

Dugan Beach

Graphics

Kathleen Beeler

Visual Effects

Jeffrey Benedict

Visual Effects

Dan Bentley

Assistant Property Master

Beth Bergeron

Adr Editor

Ken Beyer

Graphics

Andrea Biklian

Other

Karen Blyder

Makeup Artist

Melissa Bolton

Other

Bonnie Bott

Assistant Location Manager

Donald K Brady

Special Effects

Risa Bramon Garcia

Casting

Barbara Brennan

Visual Effects

Harold Brooks

Consultant

Leah Brown

Costumes

Tony Brown

Unit Production Manager

Ian Bryce

Producer

Ray Bulinski

Craft Service

Steven Bunyea

Special Effects Foreman

Michael E Burke

Special Effects

Michael Burmeister

Location Manager

Chris L Burton

Special Effects Foreman

Donald S. Butler

Visual Effects

Richard Byard

Assistant Editor

Brian Callahan

Costumes

Steve Callas

Construction Coordinator

Catherine Callesan

Assistant Sound Editor

Stephen S. Campanelli

Camera Operator

Casey Cannon

Graphics

Matthew Carlisle

Assistant Director

Budd Carr

Music Supervisor

Kim Bromley Carson

Visual Effects

Steve Chambers

Stunts

Amelia Chenoweth

Visual Effects

Terry Chostner

Other

Alan Cody

Associate Editor

Bill Coe

Camera Assistant

Martin Cohen

Consultant

Robert M Cole

Special Effects

Adam Colunga

Best Boy Grip

Chuck Conn

Transportation Captain

Michael Conte

Visual Effects

Bridget M. Cook

Hair Assistant

Eric P Cook

Special Effects

Ron Cooney

Key Grip

Kyle Cooper

Main Title Design

Gary Costin

Foreman

Betsy Cox

Rotoscope Animator

Patrick Crane

Assistant Editor

Michael Crichton

Screenplay

Michael Crichton

Producer

Richard Cronn

Lighting Technician

Bruce Dahl

Animator

Peter Daulton

Cgi Artist

Jack Davis

Special Effects

Larry Dean Davis

Camera Assistant

Mitch Deoudes

Visual Effects

Robert Deschane

Adr Mixer

David Deuber

Visual Effects

Natasha Devaud

Visual Effects

Jim Doherty

Visual Effects

Jeff Doran

Visual Effects

Loring Doyle

Rotoscope Animator

Lisa Drostova

Rotoscope Animator

Ed Dunkley

Editor

Amy Dunn

Music

Guy Hendrix Dyas

Art Director

Rich E. Cordobes

Special Effects

Marylou Eales

Music

Timothy Eaton

Editor

Ken Ebert

Special Effects

Teresa Eckton

Sound

Selwyn Eddy

Graphics

Annie Ellis

Stunts

Glenn Enzen

Transportation Captain

Manny Epstein

Special Effects

Raul Essig

Visual Effects

Jeff Etcher

Assistant Sound Editor

Stefen Fangmeier

Visual Effects Supervisor

Randy Feemster

Camera Operator

Cathie Filian

Costumes

John H. Findley

Assistant Location Manager

Ken Fisher

Camera Assistant

Stephanie Flack

Dialogue Editor

Brett Fletcher

Best Boy Grip

Judee Flick

Adr Editor

Stephen Hunter Flick

Sound Editor

Valerie Flueger

Assistant

Deborah Fought

Graphics

Bruce L. Fowler

Music Arranger

Scott Frankel

Visual Effects

Howard Frazier

Special Effects

John Frazier

Special Effects Supervisor

Rick Freeman

Dialogue Editor

George Gambetta

Other

Chuck Gaspar

Special Effects Foreman

Dan Gaspar

Special Effects

Giacomo Ghiazza

Visual Effects

Bill Gilbert

Camera

Bart Giovannetti

Visual Effects

Baylis Glascook

Assistant Sound Editor

Adam Glickman

Assistant

Susan Goldsmith

Rotoscope Animator

Jorge J. Gonzalez

Costumes

Bradley M Goodman

Post-Production Supervisor

Bridget Goodman

Rotoscope Animator

Ron Goodman

Other

Mollie Gordon

Assistant Sound Editor

Jan Gould

Key Grip

Erik Grasteit

Assistant Property Master

Robert Gray

Swing Gang

Jack N Green

Director Of Photography

Peter Green

Camera Assistant

Ryan Green

Camera Assistant

Timothy Greenwood

Projectionist

Zig Gron

Music Editor

Gerald Gutshmidt D

Visual Effects

Diane Gutterud

Production Associate

Mark Gutterud

Other

Jim Hagedorn

Graphics

Mary Beth Haggerty

Visual Effects

Michael Halsted

Special Effects

James Halty

Stunts

Warren Hamilton

Sound

David Hanks

Graphics

Don Harper

Music Conductor

Carol Hayden

Visual Effects

Bruce D Haynes

Special Effects

Gregory A. Hedgepath

Sound

Matthew Hendershot

Visual Effects

Robert S Henderson

Special Effects

Mo Henry

Negative Cutting

Randi Hiller

Casting Associate

Christina Hills

Visual Effects

K.c. Hodenfield

Assistant Director

Hilda Hodges

Foley Artist

Samir Hoon

Visual Effects

Steve Howard

Foreman

Mark Hudson

Painter

Thomas J Huff

Stunts

Peg Hunter

Visual Effects

David Jackson

Special Effects

David James

Photography

Ken J Johnson

Sound Design

Jim Jolley

Special Effects

David Jones

Helicopter Pilot

Diane Jones

Assistant

Doug Jones

Negative Cutting

Eddie Jones

Assistant

Wendell J Joyce

Swing Gang

Michael Kahn

Editor

Florian Kainz

Other

Sandra Karpman

Lighting

Robert Kay

Assistant

Kevin Kelleher

Consultant

Chris Keller

Assistant

Steve Kempster

Other

Kathleen Kennedy

Producer

Ralph Kerr

Special Effects Foreman

Greg Killmaster

Visual Effects

Jeanmarie King

Special Effects

Richard King

Sound

David Kirk

Special Effects

Samantha Clair Kirkeby

Script Supervisor

Drew Klausner

Rotoscope Animator

Richard Klotz

Location Manager

Robert Komatsu

Assistant Editor

Dane Konop

Consultant

Nicholas Vincent Korda

Adr Editor

Ed Kramer

Visual Effects

Marshall Krasser

Visual Effects

Susan Kreutz

Craft Service

Henry Labounta

Visual Effects

Leo Landa

Camera

Gregg Landaker

Rerecording

Mary Jo Lang

Foley Mixer

Lance Layman

Camera Assistant

Mark Lepresle

Foreman

Stewart W Lew

Graphics

O Evan Lewis

Art Department

James Lim

Camera Operator

Van Ling

Graphics

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Adventure
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Robert K Maxfield
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Ames, Iowa, USA; Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Award Nominations

Best Sound

1996

Best Visual Effects

1996

Articles

Twister (2-disc Special Edition) - The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of TWISTER starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton


When Jan de Bont's Twister premiered in 1996, cinephiles snorted with contempt into their cappuccino bowls. Some were miffed that the studio film had swiped its title from Michael Almereyda's droll 1989 indie comedy of the same name but the consensus among the cognoscenti was that de Bont's follow-up to his mega-hit Speed (1994) was, stripped of its CGI effects, nothing more than The Philadelphia Story (1940) with inclement weather. While the presence of Bill Paxton, making a career transition from goofy character parts (Aliens, Predator 2) to leading man roles (Trespass, One False Move), was something of an inducement, the film squanders his talents with rote heroics while Helen Hunt (whose presence was paid for by the success of her hit NBC sitcom Mad About You) is an off-putting heroine whose dour facial expressions are meant to convey depth but communicate only sourness.

The supporting cast of young Hollywood hopefuls includes future Oscar® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and future Oscar® nominated director Todd Field but the best work is turned in by, of all people, Jami Gertz. A decade past her ingénue roles in Less Than Zero (1987) and The Lost Boys (1987), Gertz is cast in the unenviable role of the romantic third wheel, the John Howard part, whose serial humiliation is meant to codify the undying love of estranged spouses Paxton and Hunt. While Gertz's cell phone abusing sex therapist is meant as comic relief, her moment of sad awareness that she has lost Paxton's affection (as she is drenched by a baptismal summer rain) provides this "eye-popping, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride" with one true moment of natural wonder.

A dozen years after the fact, Warner Brothers has treated Twister to a special edition, 2-disc DVD re-release. In addition to a digitally remastered transfer of the widescreen feature (letterboxed at the appropriate ratio of 2.35:1 and of course anamorphically enhanced), the package boasts some welcome (if not exactly overwhelming extras). The image of the feature is a thorough improvement over that seen in its 2000 DVD debut, with improved definition and sharper contrasts. Flesh tones and earth tones are now more pleasing and lifelike. From an audio standpoint, it's odd that the percussive DTS track featured on the 2000 disc is conspicuous in its absence here, replaced by an admittedly vivid 5.1 Dolby Digital mix that certainly will rattle your capodimonte. An audio commentary featuring director de Bont and visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier (rich in behind-the-scenes factoids) and a theatrical trailer accompany the feature on Disc 1, while Disc 2 offers a slew of short subjects. If a pair of History Channel docs on tornadoes feel filler-ish, the vintage HBO teaser First Look: The Making of Twister and the new 28-minute making-of featurette, Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited (in which we learn that Jan de Bont's biggest concern was whether Bill Paxton's hair would grow out enough to blow visibly in the wind), are more likely to offer fans of the film something they can really get swept up in.

For more information about Twister, visit Warner Video. To order Twister, go to TCM Shopping

by Richard Harland Smith
Twister (2-Disc Special Edition) - The 2-Disc Special Edition Dvd Of Twister Starring Helen Hunt And Bill Paxton

Twister (2-disc Special Edition) - The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of TWISTER starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton

When Jan de Bont's Twister premiered in 1996, cinephiles snorted with contempt into their cappuccino bowls. Some were miffed that the studio film had swiped its title from Michael Almereyda's droll 1989 indie comedy of the same name but the consensus among the cognoscenti was that de Bont's follow-up to his mega-hit Speed (1994) was, stripped of its CGI effects, nothing more than The Philadelphia Story (1940) with inclement weather. While the presence of Bill Paxton, making a career transition from goofy character parts (Aliens, Predator 2) to leading man roles (Trespass, One False Move), was something of an inducement, the film squanders his talents with rote heroics while Helen Hunt (whose presence was paid for by the success of her hit NBC sitcom Mad About You) is an off-putting heroine whose dour facial expressions are meant to convey depth but communicate only sourness. The supporting cast of young Hollywood hopefuls includes future Oscar® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and future Oscar® nominated director Todd Field but the best work is turned in by, of all people, Jami Gertz. A decade past her ingénue roles in Less Than Zero (1987) and The Lost Boys (1987), Gertz is cast in the unenviable role of the romantic third wheel, the John Howard part, whose serial humiliation is meant to codify the undying love of estranged spouses Paxton and Hunt. While Gertz's cell phone abusing sex therapist is meant as comic relief, her moment of sad awareness that she has lost Paxton's affection (as she is drenched by a baptismal summer rain) provides this "eye-popping, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride" with one true moment of natural wonder. A dozen years after the fact, Warner Brothers has treated Twister to a special edition, 2-disc DVD re-release. In addition to a digitally remastered transfer of the widescreen feature (letterboxed at the appropriate ratio of 2.35:1 and of course anamorphically enhanced), the package boasts some welcome (if not exactly overwhelming extras). The image of the feature is a thorough improvement over that seen in its 2000 DVD debut, with improved definition and sharper contrasts. Flesh tones and earth tones are now more pleasing and lifelike. From an audio standpoint, it's odd that the percussive DTS track featured on the 2000 disc is conspicuous in its absence here, replaced by an admittedly vivid 5.1 Dolby Digital mix that certainly will rattle your capodimonte. An audio commentary featuring director de Bont and visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier (rich in behind-the-scenes factoids) and a theatrical trailer accompany the feature on Disc 1, while Disc 2 offers a slew of short subjects. If a pair of History Channel docs on tornadoes feel filler-ish, the vintage HBO teaser First Look: The Making of Twister and the new 28-minute making-of featurette, Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited (in which we learn that Jan de Bont's biggest concern was whether Bill Paxton's hair would grow out enough to blow visibly in the wind), are more likely to offer fans of the film something they can really get swept up in. For more information about Twister, visit Warner Video. To order Twister, go to TCM Shopping by Richard Harland Smith

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video October 1, 1996

Released in United States Spring May 10, 1996

Jack N. Green replaced Don Burgess as director of photography approximately one month into production.

Began shooting May 1, 1995.

Completed shooting August 21, 1995.

Released in United States Spring May 10, 1996

Released in United States on Video October 1, 1996