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Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 19 January 1990 (USA)
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writers:

S.S. Wilson (story), Brent Maddock (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Valentine McKee
Fred Ward ... Earl Bass
Finn Carter ... Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross ... Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire ... Heather Gummer
Robert Jayne ... Melvin Plug (as Bobby Jacoby)
Charlotte Stewart ... Nancy
Tony Genaro ... Miguel
Ariana Richards ... Mindy
Richard Marcus ... Nestor
Victor Wong ... Walter Chang
Sunshine Parker ... Edgar
Michael Dan Wagner Michael Dan Wagner ... Old Fred
Conrad Bachmann ... Jim - The Doctor
Bibi Besch ... Megan - The Doctor's Wife
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Storyline

A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can 'pop up' without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The ultimate underground movie. It will leave you legless! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Land Sharks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,731,520, 21 January 1990

Gross USA:

$16,667,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,667,084
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Gross began filming only one day after shooting the very last episode of Family Ties (1982). See more »

Goofs

When Val, Earl and Rhonda are on the rock the morning after they first discover the graboids, when Rhonda puts on her backpack before she gets the pipe to use as a pole to vault off the rock, it is empty, (flat). When she is shown from the back, leaning off the rock to pick up the pole, the backpack is full. See more »

Quotes

Earl Bassett: You suppose he wanted to kill himself?
Valentine McKee: Come on, somebody must'a chased him up there.
Earl Bassett: You mean someone that ain't scared of a Winchester rifle? Then what'd they do? Camp out down below and wait for him to die?
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Alternate Versions

The Italian version features an error in the cast names during the end credits, listing Burt Gummer as being played by Reba McEntire instead of Michael Gross. Reba McEntire played Burt's wife, Heather. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Cult Movies 18
4 January 1999 | by TYLERdurden74See all my reviews

18. TREMORS (SCI-fiction, 1990) Welcome to Perfection, Nevada. Population: a couple. Opportunities: none. That's why handymen Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) have always planned to leave town. And this time they mean it. Suddenly a series of bizarre killings prevent them from leaving. With the help of a seismology student, they discover giant-worm like creatures living under the desert sand. Now their goal is to leave town in one piece.

Critique: Lighthearted horror, sci-fi, comedy 'mish-mash' has an interesting premise, oddball characters, and wonderfully ferocious action. As our embattled heroes struggle to survive against the relentless creatures, the battle of wits that ensues becomes inventive and exciting.

The film shares strange similarities with Spielberg's legendary 'Jaws'. As the suspense and body count mount, the threatening desert sand (water) becomes an infinite playground for the bloodthirsty worms (sharks), as they use scare tactics against their unbeknown victims (swimmers). Not knowing where they will strike next, people tiptoe their way across town trying not to alert the creatures. It all makes for 'TREMEndous' fun.


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