Reigning horror master Stephen King (Misery, Pet Semetary, The Shining) creates a chilling vision of scientific progress run amok in this electrifying, original techno-thriller! Starring Keith Szarabajka (Missing, "The Eq... more »ualizer) and Frances Sternhagen (Misery, Doc Hollywood), Golden Years features make-up and special effects supervised by the legendary effects master Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Amadeus) and a plot that builds to an astonishing ending. When aging janitor Harlan Williams is accidentally exposed to exotic chemicals in a lab explosion, he undergoes an extraordinary change. It's a process the government will do anything to learn more about - no matter who has to die in the process. Soon, Harlan, his wife Gina and the lab's beautiful security chief are on a cross-country race to evade a murderously effective federal agent. But even as he stays one step ahead of his ruthless pursuers, Harlan continues his transformation into something the world of science has never see...or imagined!« less
Cheryl S. (thebat2O) from TRENTON, NJ Reviewed on 4/24/2010...
I have this on VHS and I loved it when I saw it.....the ending was ambiguous but "they" leave it to your own imagination as to what happens to the janitor and his wife.
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Matt E. from GLEN BURNIE, MD Reviewed on 12/2/2009...
i recieved the movie thank you
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James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX Reviewed on 6/18/2009...
Extremely boring! I saw it once years ago, and believe me that was enough for a lifetime.
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Stephen King's Golden Years
J. Mccreary | United Kingdom | 03/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, King has strayed from his usual horror story genre to produce a little bit of TV mini-series heaven. Set in upstate New York, "Golden Years" is based around 70 year old Harlan Williams, a janitor working for a top secret government plant. He is accidently caught in an explosion from one of the labs where mad scientist Dr Todhunter was conducting 'regeneration' experiments. Over time, Harlan begins to notice sudden changes in his body. Brown hairs begin to reappear in the place of grey ones, his skin becomes softer, his eyes don't need glasses anymore! He begins to get younger. The accident causes some concern in the government, so the spooks are soon on the scene. Witnesses to what is happening to Harlan begin to disappear after the arrival of government agent Jude Andrews. The heads of the plant, Terri Spann and General Lewis Crewes, grow suspicious of the intentions of the people they have been working for and decide to get to the old man and his wife before the spooks do. A race across the states begins, Harlan and his wife flee for their lives while coping with the effects of his reverse ageing. This is a great little story, and had it not been rushed to an ending, it may have become a King classic. The original ending to the series finished on a cliff-hanger where Jude Andrews and his henchmen may have actually caught Harlan. It ended with the tag-line 'To Be Continued...' But the TV network was disappointed with viewing figures, so a new ending was shot, providing closure for this quite inventive story. The concept is great, the characters are brilliant (especially the play-off between old enemies Jude Andrews and Terri Spann as she manages to be one step ahead of him every time), it is just a shame that the final scene was so rushed. For die-hard sci-fi and King fans, it's definately worth a look."
Not as good as I remembered
Bruce Aguilar | Hollywood, CA | 11/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When this miniseries first aired, I remember getting lost in the world it created. Upon viewing this new DVD transfer however, I'm confused as to how I could've liked it so much.The story of what would happen if an elderly man was accidentally exposed to some chemicals that made him become younger is very intriguing and full of possibilites. King jumps on those posibilities and can get your mind going, but the execution of them is flawed. I like the languid and reflective pace of the series, but there are too many scenes that don't add to the plot, don't make much sense, or worse, repeat points that have already been covered. I remembered the strongest element of "Golden Years" being the relationship between the elderly couple Halrn and Gina and I find I'm still touched by it today. The actors do such terrific work that I never once questioned the reality of their love and concern for one another. It's refreshing to see an elderly couple that's so 'normal', 'real' and alive. Most of the other preformances though are a bit too over the top to be believable. The mad scienist especially, seems to be making an entirely different film than the rest of the crew!The central relationship and interesting premise are almost enough to make up these flaws, but then we get a rushed, tacked on ending that defies all reason. It's a great dissapointment after investing so much time and caring so much for Harlan and Gina. Don't see "Golden Years" expecting too much and you'll find many things to like about it, but it will never be anyones favorite Stephen King project."
Would have Been Five Stars, But.....
Bruce Aguilar | 01/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was one fun ride. It was so very well done. The acting was so unique, the old man (getting younger) and his wife (who was also in Misery) were so perfect they could never have been better. The Terry chick was so cool, the way she'd pull her gun out to get what she wanted. The general, and the Andrews guy were both great characters, and all the supporting people were fantastic! So, you may ask, why not five stars? Why have I lowered it from great to really good? Well, the ending. Everyone who's seen the movie remembers the ending. It's horrible! I've read about how different this is on TV, and the ending on the video and DVD is horribly quick and hazy, so very unsatisfactory that people may develop a knee-jerk reaction and go bash this movie. Don't. Aside from the horrid (and I mean HORRID) ending, the movie is a five star expierience. I was riveted in my seat, unable to leave my television set, it was that good! I got this for Christmas in a Stephen King 5 Pack Collection (The Golden Years, Thinner, The langoliers, The Stand, Cujo), and loved it."
Too choppy from the middle to the end
David Quiles | Woodhaven, NY United States | 10/01/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the most of the original series when it came out years back but grew bored. When I was the DVD, I decide to buy it and see how it ended.The first two hours on this DVD is great. I think it was the two-hour premiere. However, it goes downhill in the next two hours. Things were taken out that made the plot confusing and even worse some thing were left in that did not make the story flow. The last two hours are disjointed and for some reason goes away from the Protagonist. We don't see him. The ending had to be re-done because the original ending was a cliffhanger for the following season. The ending totally reeks. It is really, really bad. You sit on your sofa for 4 hours and then it ends the way it did was he most disappointing of all.Buy the Storm of the Century instead. That was four hours of chills."