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Something Wicked This Way Comes Details


After a carnival comes to Green Town, the good citizens are compelled to follow their deepest desires, caught under the spell of the malevolent Dr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) who can grant those desires on one condition: that the grantees will forever join his freak show. Dr. Dark is after two young boys from the town in particular, while others in the town would certainly be easy marks. The sour-faced, older schoolteacher (Mary Grace Canfield) wants to be a seductive young woman, Ed the bartender (James Stacy) would like to regain his lost left arm and leg, and the librarian (Jason Robards) worries about a wasted life spent only in books. As Dr. Dark works his own brand of voodoo, the citizens and the two boys -- as well as the whole carnival itself -- approach a final reckoning. Something Wicked This Way Comes was based on a Ray Bradbury novel. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:April 29, 1983


Jason Robards, Jr.
as Charles Halloway
Jonathan Pryce
as Mr. Dark
Diane Ladd
as Mrs. Nightshade
Pam Grier
as Dust Witch
Royal Dano
as Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson
as Will Halloway
Shawn Carson
as Jim Nightshade
Dick Davalos
as Mr. Crosetti
Sharan Lea
as Young Miss Foley
Angelo Rossitto
as Little Person No. 1
Jake Dengel
as Mr. Tetley
James Stacy
as Ed the Bartender
Tony Christopher
as Young Ed
Ellen Geer
as Mrs. Halloway
Arthur Hill
as Narrator
Jill Carroll
as Teenage Girl


Jack Clayton
Peter Vincent Douglas
Dan Kolsrud
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
Book Author
Elliot Davis
Stephen H. Burum
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Louis Mann
Production Designer
Dan Kolsrud
Associate Producer
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Bruce Bisenz
Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Dyer
Special Effects
Dan Kolsrud
First Assistant Director
Allen Gonzales
Scott Santoro