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“Twister” is a 1996 American disaster film directed by and starring and . The film follows a group of storm chasers who are trying to deploy a new technology that will allow them to track tornadoes and predict their paths. At the same time, they are dealing with personal issues, including a pending divorce, as well as competition from a rival storm chasing team.

As they track the storms across Oklahoma, the group faces numerous dangerous situations, including close encounters with tornadoes, a gasoline tanker explosion, and the collapse of a house. The climax of the film features the team attempting to deploy their equipment directly into the path of an oncoming F5 tornado, the most powerful type of tornado.

“Twister” was a box office success, grossing over $495 million worldwide against a budget of $92 million. It received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the film's impressive special effects and action sequences, while others criticized the weak story and characters. Nevertheless, the film remains a popular classic in the disaster genre and is often credited with helping to popularize storm chasing as a hobby.


Directed by ,
Written by
  • Michael Crichton
  • Anne-Marie Martin
Produced by
  • Ian Bryce
  • Michael Crichton
  • Kathleen Kennedy
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Edited by Michael Kahn
Music by
  • Mark Mancina
  • Van Halen
  • Warner Bros.
  • Universal Pictures
  • Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros. (North America)
Universal Pictures (International)
Release date
  • May 10, 1996
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $88–92 million
Box office $495.7 million


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