Spielberg's Role: Executive Producer
US Release Date: 1996
summer hit of 1996 came from nowhere without warning
taking the world by storm (sorry, had to say it). Non
stop special effects brought the title character to life
in a way that only Spielberg can. Once again millions of
people flocked to the theater to see something that
exists only in its creators minds.
brought together the writing of Michael Crichton (Jurassic
Park) and his wife Anne-Marie Martin, the direction of
Jan De Bont (director of Speed and the cinematographer
for Die Hard, Lethal Weapon 3, and The Hunt for Red
October), the special effects of Industrial Light and
Magic, the acting talents of Helen Hunt (Mad About You)
and Bill Paxton (Apollo 13, True Lies, Aliens, Tombstone
and Predator 2) and the Shear power of Universal Pictures,
Warner Brothers and his own Amblin Entertainment.
Investing only $30,000,000 (low for a major motion
picture), Twister produced some of the best special
effects of the summer.
Bill Paxton plays a former storm
chaser come back to get divorce papers signed by Hellen
Hunts character Jo. During the meeting of the two, Bill
gets caught up in placing his invention (Dorothy) in its
proper position in the path of the tornado. Dorothy is
their version of TOTO(an acronym for the TOtable Tornado
Observatory, a actual piece of equipment used by
scientists to measure wind speeds in a tornado). The rest
is tornado after tornado of great movie.