Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG   |    |  Horror, Sci-Fi

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Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.




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  • John Lithgow in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
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  • John Landis in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
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25 March 2019 | claudio_carvalho
| Tragic and Cult
Prologue: a driver has a big surprise with his passenger (8) Segment 1 ("Time Out"): a bigot man hates Jews, Black and Asian people. One day he will live in the World War II, hunted down by KKK and attacked in Vietnam War and feel the effects of his hatred. Good episode with a surprising conclusion (7). Segment 2 ("Kick the Can"): In a nursing home, the elder inhabitants learn that their minds can keep them young. Reasonable episode only (6). Segment 3 ("It´s a Good Life"): a traveler hits a boy in a bicycle with her car and takes the boy home. Soon she learns that the powerful boy brought her home indeed. Good episode with a silly and disappointing conclusion (7). Segment 4 ("Nightmare at 20,000 feet"): a writer is scary to fly and soon he sees a monstrous creature destroying the airplane engines during a stormy night. Certainly the best episode (8).

Divided in prologue and four segments, "Twilight Zone: The Movie" is a tragic and cult movie. Tragic since Vic Morrow, the unforgettable Sgt. Saunders of "Combat!" series, died in a weird accident when the helicopter crashed on him and two children while making a scene. Directed by four great directors - Joe Dante (segment "It's a Good Life"); John Landis (prologue/segment "Time Out"); George Miller (segment "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"); and Steven Spielberg (segment "Kick the Can") - and with great names in the cast - Vic Morrow, Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Kathleen Quinlan, John Lithgow among many others, "Twilight Zone: The Movie" is highly recommended for fans of sci-fi and horror. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "No Limite da Realidade" ("In the Limit of Reality")

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John Landis directed Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (1983), as well as Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). The two were close friends as a result, but Landis resented that Murphy did not support him while he was still embroiled in the Twilight Zone movie manslaughter case against him. Landis wanted Murphy to testify as a character witness on his behalf; or at least show up in trial as a show of support, but he refused. Murphy said the following about the conflict with Landis in a recent Playboy interview: "As it turned out, John always resented that I hadn't gone to his Twilight Zone trial. I never knew that; I though we were cool. But he'd been harboring it for a year. Every now and then, he would make little remarks, like, 'You didn't help me out; you don't realize how close I was to going to jail.' I never paid any mind." Murphy goes on to subtly indict Landis in the accident; or at least assign him some of the blame, in the interview: "I don't want to say who was guilty or who was innocent. But if you're directing a movie and two kids get their heads chopped off at twelve o'clock at night when there ain't supposed to be kids working, and you said, 'Action!' then you have some sort of responsibility. So my principles wouldn't let me go down there and sit in court. That's just the way I am."


Co-Pilot: Weather hadn't broke we would've never gotten this baby down. We've had one hell of a night. We got the storm. We got the flame out. Then that freak show.
Old Woman: Not to mention the gun. The gun was awful.
Sky Marshal: He didn't have a gun.
Old Man: He didn't have a gun?
Sky Marshal: No, no. He ...


The solid stone balustrade that the man hits after being propelled by the explosion of the Marine's grenade, visibly rocks as if made of lightweight wood or foam.

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.


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Horror | Sci-Fi

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,614,366 26 June 1983

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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