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The Dead Zone (1983)

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A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

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David Cronenberg

Writers:

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Johnny Smith
Brooke Adams ... Sarah Bracknell
Tom Skerritt ... Sheriff Bannerman
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Sam Weizak
Anthony Zerbe ... Roger Stuart
Colleen Dewhurst ... Henrietta Dodd
Martin Sheen ... Greg Stillson
Nicholas Campbell ... Frank Dodd
Sean Sullivan ... Herb Smith
Jackie Burroughs ... Vera Smith
Géza Kovács Géza Kovács ... Sonny Elliman (as Geza Kovacs)
Roberta Weiss ... Alma Frechette
Simon Craig Simon Craig ... Chris Stuart
Peter Dvorsky ... Dardis
Julie-Ann Heathwood Julie-Ann Heathwood ... Amy
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Storyline

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems... Written by Paul Reynolds <pauljr@innotts.co.uk>

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He can see the future. But can he escape it? See more »


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

9 August 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dodelijk dilemma See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,556,083, 23 October 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,766,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sailboat appears three different times on three different mantles, in Johnny's room at the clinic, at Johnny's father's house and later, at Johnny's house. See more »

Goofs

After seeing Johnny in the clinic, Sarah drives away and stops to cry. Lights and at least one person are reflected in the car door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny Smith: [Johnny is reading "The Raven" to his class] And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting, on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door, and his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, and the lamp light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor, and my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted... nevermore.
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Crazy Credits

As the opening titles roll, certain parts (or "dead zones") of the screen become blocked out, until the part of the screen you can see spell out the title "The Dead Zone." See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was 18-rated and intact in 1986 Thorn-EMI released a British home video version with 13 seconds cut to obtain a 15 certificate rating from the BBFC. A scissor suicide sequence was re-edited to remove shots of the preparation and aftermath, and shots of topless nudity and the descending scissors were removed from the gazebo murder. Later 18-rated releases feature the full uncut print. See more »

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Referenced in Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

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Camptown Races
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Traditional
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brilliant
20 November 1999 | by beav-7See all my reviews

Christopher Walken is in the top 3 of my favorite actors and the dead zone may be my fave (not the best mind you, but my personal fave)... Walken gives a brilliant and believable performance in easily the best King adapted film... atmospheric and frightening it has an incredible supporting cast... Anthony Zerbe and Tom Skerritt are excellent! An absolute must see...


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