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The Dead Zone (1983)

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Original title: Dead Zone, The

DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 19, 2003

Budget $10,000,000

Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Dino De Laurentiis Company, Lorimar Film Entertainment

Studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Paramount

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• The Dead Zone (1983)

• Stephen Kings Dead Zone (1984)

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Psychic, Disturbing, Supernatural, Cult Classic, Serial Killer, Doctor, Futuristic, Gore

Tagline: In his mind, he has the power to see the future. In his hands, he has the power to change it.

Plot: Cronenberg's first foray into mainstream filmmaking is also one of his most satisfying pictures. Adapted from a Stephen King novel, it stars Walken as Johnny, a man who has been in a coma for five years and wakes up to realize that he can tell a person's fate just by touching them. Realizing that he can change the future as well, Johnny soon gets intervenes in a number of would-be tragedies. Consequently, he soon becomes famous for his gift, but he longs for his former life, when he still had his job, his fiancee, and a normal life. However, when he shakes hands with a future president of the US (Sheen, in a wonderfully hammy performance) who could end up being the biggest mass murderer since Hitler, Johnny wrestles with what seems to be his destiny. Walken's bravura performance forms the soul of this excellent and touching

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external linkWell acted and directed this stands out as one of the better movies based on King's large body of work. 2.5/4

external linkLittle gore or sex to speak of, but it's a great movie. The best thing, by far, is Walken's performance.
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 Directed by
David Cronenberg
A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, eXistenZ
 Written by
Stephen King
The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, 1408
Jeffrey Boam
Lethal Weapon 3, The Lost Boys, Innerspace
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can, Sleepy Hollow, Hairspray
Tom Skerritt
Alien, Contact, Top Gun
Herbert Lom
Spartacus, A Shot in the Dark, The Ladykillers
Martin Sheen
The Departed, Apocalypse Now, Catch Me If You Can
Brooke Adams
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Days of Heaven, Sometimes They Come Back
Anthony Zerbe
The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Star Trek: Insurrection
Colleen Dewhurst
Annie Hall, Anne of Green Gables, Dying Young
 Music By
Michael Kamen
Die Hard, X-Men, Brazil



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