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The Dead Zone
Christopher Walken and Brooke Adams




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David Cronenberg's first foray into mainstream filmmaking is also one of his most satisfying pictures. Adapted from a Stephen King novel, it stars Christopher 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 (Martin 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 thriller.

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Overview

David Cronenberg's first foray into mainstream filmmaking is also one of his most satisfying pictures. Adapted from a Stephen King novel, it stars Christopher 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 (Martin 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 thriller.

Main Cast & Crew

David Cronenberg - Director
Christopher Walken
Brooke Adams
Tom Skerritt
Herbert Lom
Anthony Zerbe
Colleen Dewhurst
Martin Sheen
Nicholas Campbell
Sean Sullivan
Jackie Burroughs

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 104
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429281296
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2000

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Psychic Forces
Illness
Recommended
Disturbing
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema
Based On A Novel

 

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Reviews:
"...Cronenberg's most accomplished film so far, created with flair, fluency and welcome understatement..." - 03/01/1984 Sight and Sound, p.150


"...A sad, sympathetic and unsettling movie, quietly forceful....Cronenberg's direction is vivid and effective..." - 10/21/1983 New York Times, p.C8


"...An accomplished psychological thriller....[Cronenberg] gets some appealing performances....Walken links each episode together quite well, accurately conveying the character's growing mental, physical and emotional anguish..." - 10/12/1983 Variety


"...With its small-town milieu, lots of snow and supernatural mayhem, THE DEAD ZONE is one of the better Stephen King movie adaptations..." - 09/29/2000 USA Today, p.11E


"...[A] quietly effective Stephen King thriller..." - 11/01/2000 Total Film, p.118

 

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