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Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions are the cyclones themselves. Best experienced in a theater, the nail-biting, blow-the-audience-out-of-their-seats computer generated graphics, cutting edge sound and other special effects are designed to take viewers straight into the roaring funnel of a gigantic tornado. In order to focus on special effects and action, the story is simple and the characters are drawn in broad strokes with little depth. Jo Harding (Hunt) became a storm chaser (a meteorologist who photographs and scientifically studies tornadoes in the field) after a large twister sucked her hapless daddy into oblivion when she was a girl. Bill (Paxton) was a storm chaser too, but left to become a successful weatherman. His change of profession ruined his marriage to Jo. Before separating, the Hardings invented DOROTHY, a gizmo designed to release thousands of tiny sensors when a tornado passes over it. The Hardings hope the information transmitted by the sensors will provide insight into the nature of the whirling windstorms. Backed by a large corporation, the villainous Dr. Jonas Miller (Elwes) has created a similar machine. Neither gadget has been field tested and both groups of storm chasers are anxious to find tornadoes. At the peak of the worst twister season in decades, Bill shows up at Jo's truck with his prissy fiancee Melissa (Jami Gertz) so Jo can sign divorce papers. Suddenly a twister is spotted. With little hesitation, Bill rejoins the mad rush to reach it in time to activate DOROTHY. Jonas and his team are right behind them. Throughout the day the storms become worse and the rivalrous race becomes more intense. As they continue facing incredible dangers together Jo and Bill find renewed love while poor Melissa finds only an intense desire to get away from these storm-obsessed lunatics. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:May 10, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Henry LaBounta Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stefen Fangmeier Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Maslow Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Frazier Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Geoffrey Patterson Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gregg Landaker Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Habib Zargarpour Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee

Cast

Helen Hunt
as Jo Harding
Bill Paxton
as Bill Harding
Cary Elwes
as Dr. Jonas Miller
Jami Gertz
as Melissa
Lois Smith
as Aunt Meg
Alan Ruck
as Rabbit
Scott Thomson
as Preacher
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Dusty
Todd Field
as Beltzer
Joey Slotnick
as Joey
Jeremy Davies
as Laurence
Zach Grenier
as Eddie
Nicholas Sadler
as Kubrick
Anthony Rapp
as Tony
Abraham Benrubi
as Bubba
Jake Busey
as Mobile Lab Technician
Richard Lineback
as Father
Rusty Schwimmer
as Mother
Taylor Gilbert
as Bryce, NSSL Scientist
Bruce Wright
as Murphy, NSSL Scientist
Gregory Sporleder
as Willie
Gary England
as TV Meteorologist
Patrick Fischler
as The Communicator
Melanie Hoopes
as Patty
Wendle Josepher
as Haynes
Dan Kelpine
as Diner Mechanic
Jeff Lazalier
as TV Meteorologist
Samantha McDonald
as Drive-In Girl
Sharonlyn Morrow
as Waitress
Alexa Vega
as Jo, 5 Years Old
Ben Weber
as Stanley
Sean Whalen
as Sanders
Gary England
as TV Meteorologist
Sean Whalen
as Sanders
Gregory Sporleder
as Willie
Alexa Vega
as Jo, 5 Years Old
Melanie Hoopes
as Patty
Jeremy Davies
as Laurence
Anthony Rapp
as Tony
Zach Grenier
as Eddie
Taylor Gilbert
as Bryce, NSSL Scientist
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Dusty
Joey Slotnick
as Joey
Wendle Josepher
as Haynes
Ben Weber
as Stanley
Jeff Lazalier
as TV Meteorologist
Richard Lineback
as Father
Dan Kelpine
as Diner Mechanic
Samantha McDonald
as Drive-In Girl
Rusty Schwimmer
as Mother
Sharonlyn Morrow
as Waitress
Nicholas Sadler
as Kubrick
Bruce Wright
as Murphy, NSSL Scientist
Todd Field
as Beltzer
Patrick Fischler
as The Communicator
Scott Thomson
as Preacher
Jake Busey
as Mobile Lab Technician
Abraham Benrubi
as Bubba

Crew

Jan de Bont
Director
Kathleen Kennedy
Producer
Gerald R. Molen
Producer
Michael Crichton
Producer
Ian Bryce
Producer
Michael Crichton
Screenwriter
Don Burgess
Cinematographer
Jack N. Green
Cinematographer
Mark Mancina
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Joseph C. Nemec III
Production Designer
Dan Olexiewicz
Supervising Art Director
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Jerry Molen
Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald
Executive Producer
Walter Parkes
Executive Producer
Gerald R. Molen
Executive Producer
Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr.
Set Designer
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
Geoffrey Patterson
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Carlisle
First Assistant Director
Stephen Campanelli
Camera Operator
Risa Bramon Garcia
Casting
Habib Zargarpour
Visual Effects
Warren Hamilton
Sound Editor
Stefen Fangmeier
Visual Effects
Mike Runyard
Stunts Coordinator
Brad Wilder
Makeup
Henry LaBounta
Visual Effects
Alexander Witt
Second Unit Director
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