Warner Bros. / Universal Pictures Released 1996




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Jan de Bont

The film revolves around storm chaser, Bill Harding, his fiance Dr. Melissa Reeves, and a team of adrenaline junkie scientists. Bill, throughout the film, is attempting to study the inner workings of tornadoes. He constantly chases tornadoes in his truck trying to place a tornado analyzing device aptly named Dorothy inside of the tornado's heart. Bill's soon-to-be ex-wife Jo Harding is the leader of the team. Her devotion to tornadoes began as a young child when she witnessed her father die at the hands of a tornado. Since that day she has vowed to protect everyone from the little known yet real threat of tornadoes. Along their way chasing the elusive T5 tornado, the team encounters a rival company who is trying to launch their analyzing machine into the tornado first. It becomes a battle of wills as each team wishes to establish themselves in the history books.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Hurtling pace, by-the-numbers character development and exotic science. Tornado-chasing suddenly takes on a sex appeal not usually associated with horrendous storms.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the rush of raw excitement "Twister" creates is that it makes it possible to ignore the painful awkwardness of the film's exposi...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Another theme park ride of a movie without an ounce of emotional credibility to it, Twister succeeds on its own terms by taking the audience somewhere it has never been before: int...

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    • Production Budget - $92,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $241,721,524 (2nd)
      Worldwide Gross - $494,471,524 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $446,225,121
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $912,870,506

    • Other Production Companies:
      Amblin Entertainment
      Constant c Productions
      (UK distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Ames, Iowa
      Bolton, Ontario, Canada
      Boone, Iowa
      Eldora, Iowa
      Guthrie, Oklahoma
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
      Maysville, Oklahoma
      Norman, Oklahoma
      Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
      Ponca City, Oklahoma
      Rippey, Iowa
      Wakita, Oklahoma
      Waurika, Oklahoma
      Whitten, Iowa

    • Taglines:
      1. The Beautiful yet Destructive side to life.
      2. Go for a ride you'll never forget!
      3. Don't Breathe. Don't Look Back.
      4. The Dark Side of Nature.

    • Twister was the first Hollywood feature released on DVD.

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Visual Effects

    • Music:
      Talula (BT's Tornado Mix)
      Written by Tori Amos
      Performed by Tori Amos
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      Performed by Eric Clapton
      Darling Pretty
      Written by Mark Knopfler
      Performed by Mark Knopfler
      Written by Stevie Nicks
      Performed by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham
      Melancholy Mechanics
      Written by Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Dave Navarro, and Chad Smith
      Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      She Ain't Coming Back
      Written by Chris Lindsey and Marv Green
      Performed by Joe Diffie
      Virtual Reality
      Music by Rusted Root
      Lyrics by Michael Glabicki
      Performed by Rusted Root
      No One Needs to Know
      Written by Shania Twain and Robert John Lange
      Performed by Shania Twain
      Child In Time
      Written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, and Jon Lord
      Performed by Deep Purple
      Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
      Long Way Down
      Written by Johnny Rzeznik
      Performed by The Goo Goo Dolls
      Miss This
      Written by David Pirner
      Performed by Soul Asylum
      Written by Tanya Donelly
      Performed by Belly
      See The Sky Again
      Written by Edwin McCain
      Performed by Edwin McCain
      Humans Being
      Written by Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, and Michael Anthony
      Performed by Van Halen
      Written by Lisa Loeb
      Performed by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
      Moments Like This
      Music by Viktor Krauss
      Lyrics by Michael McDonald
      De Natura Sonoris No. 1
      Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
      Love Affair
      Music by Ennio Morricone
      Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
      Performed by k.d. lang
      Respect The Wind
      Written and Produced by Edward Van Halen and Alex Van Halen
      Performed by Edward Van Halen and Alex Van Halen


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