Twister | Chicago Reader


Another roller-coaster ride, enjoyable but dopey, from Jan De Bont (Speed), this one is blown up to Cecil B. De Mille proportions, with loads of special effects. Nearly all the major characters are tornado chasers in Oklahoma—rival teams of scientists eager to test their equipment to learn more about how tornadoes work. Much of the action is fill-in-the-blanks, and there's something that passes lamely for a romantic triangle involving one of the scientists (Bill Paxton), his coworker and ex-wife (Helen Hunt), and his fiancee (Jami Gertz). But the engineering of the special effects is fairly impressive, and the sight of so many objects and creatures being buffeted about carries a certain apocalyptic splendor. The script was written by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin. With Cary Elwes and Lois Smith. PG-13, 113 min.



  • Jan de Bont


  • Helen Hunt
  • Bill Paxton
  • Cary Elwes
  • Jami Gertz
  • Lois Smith
  • Alan Ruck
  • Philip Hoffman
  • Jeremy Davies
  • Todd Field
  • Zach Grenier
  • Nicholas Sadler
  • Abraham Benrubi
  • Jake Busey
  • Scott Thomson
  • Eric Harvey


  • Michael Crichton
  • Anne-Marie Martin


  • Laurie MacDonald
  • Gerald Molen
  • Walter Parkes
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Michael Crichton
  • Ian Bryce

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