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Twister (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 June 1989 (USA)
Delusional and spoiled Maureen and her eccentric brother Howdy decide to track down and meet their estranged mother, all while the drama of dysfunctional relationships, disastrous weather conditions and a dark family secret ensue.

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Cleveland
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Maureen Cleveland
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Howdy
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Chris
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Stephanie
Lindsay Christman ...
Violet
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Lola (as Charlaine Woodard)
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Virginia
David Brown ...
Bob Breevort
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Man in Barn (as William Burroughs)
Joyce Cavarozzi ...
Woman in Bathroom
Sarah Cochran ...
Tomboy Girl
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Doctor
Raleigh Lackey ...
Stan Manley
Ralfe D. Reber ...
Golfer
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An oddball family on a Kansas farm are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm. The patriarch of the clan is a retired soda pop tycoon. He is currently dating a children's TV evangelist. Also living at the farm is his layabout daughter and her precocious 8 year old daughter, his would-be artist son, the son's fiancée, and the black maid. Also thrown into the mix is the daughter's ex-husband, a ne-er-do-well who is seeking to get back in his ex-wife's good graces. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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There's a natural disaster in the heartland of America. It's called the Cleveland family. See more »

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When everyone is in the basement and discussing what they would do during their "last hour", a boom mic comes down in front of the painting just behind Howdy (Crispin Glover) right after Stephanie's answer. See more »

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Another Vestron film
21 June 2000 | by (Northridge, CA) – See all my reviews

I used to work at the company that originally put out this film, Vestron Pictures. Vestron had the same problem that a lot of small independent film companies had, they didn't have a lot of money to put into the production values of their films. Not that money alone will buy you a good film. Look at Kevin Costner's Waterworld, for instance.

Sometimes, if you have a talented person in-house doing the acquisitions or development, you can create your own new talent. But at Vestron, there wasn't such a person and they always skimped in some crucial area. In this case, it was on the director and the writer. Which makes it pretty hard to have a decent movie, even with the great ensemble cast this film has.

I think the basic premise of this movie was "Let's put a bunch of quirky characters in a room and see if anything interesting happens." It's an intriguing idea, but not worth your time watching.

Most Vestron films ended up having a very distinctive look and feel to them. My wife and I developed the ability to spot this quality even in non-Vestron films. Many times, we were even able to spot that quality from watching only the trailer or TV ad. We'd sit there, watching the trailer or ad, and afterwards, we'd turn to each, and almost in sync, we'd say, "Now that's a Vestron movie!" This is a Vestron movie.


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