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The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers
Actors: Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, John Ashton, Allyce Beasley, Robert Carradine
Director: John Power
Genres: Horror, Television
R     1998     3hr 1min

The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can unfathom the secret of the tommyknockers....  more »


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Actors: Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, John Ashton, Allyce Beasley, Robert Carradine
Director: John Power
Creators: Frank Konigsberg, Jane Scott, Jayne Bieber, Larry Sanitsky, Lawrence D. Cohen, Stephen King
Genres: Horror, Television
Sub-Genres: Horror, Television
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/09/1998
Original Release Date: 05/09/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 05/09/1993
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 3hr 1min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 6/8/2018...
King has actually written a lot of Scifi over the years. This miniseries is quite entertaining. Read recently that the book is now getting the movie treatment.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 10/13/2012...
In this tv miniseries, a woman finds a strange artifact in the woods behind her house. She finds that her intellect starts to grow and she gets wonderful ideas out of nowhere. She starts to unearth it with an old friend of hers and more bizarre things begin to happen in the town they live in. Something is buried in Haven...and wants out. Can it be stopped?

The Tommyknockers book was one of Stephen King's worst, in my opinion...and the miniseries here isn't much better. It's slow-moving in the beginning and the ending is just...stupid. If you're a fan of all of the Stephen King movies, I guess you'll just have to force yourself to sit through this alien schlock-fest. For anyone else, I highly recommend it if you have a bad case of insomnia.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah F. (Ferdy63) from DALTON, GA
Reviewed on 2/9/2008...
Made for TV movie of the Stephen King book. Pretty good adaptation of the story. It doesn't cut out any of the major parts of the story like a lot of the King movies do.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Alien Savants Run Amok!
Bruce Rux | Aurora, CO | 05/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The book and the miniseries differ, but both are quite good. For the jaded veterans among you, it's essentially Five Million Years to Earth, served up a la King.Marg Helgenberger trips over an ancient flying saucer in the woods one day while walking her dog, and decides it might make a nice private playground centerpiece if dug out and spiffied-up a bit. She starts experiencing a creative psychic brain-boost during the lengthy process, which is shared by a few of the nearby townsfolk. Her old lover, Jimmy Smits, however, an alcoholic poet of some former reputation with a metal plate in his skull, is left cold by Marg's new pet project - the saucer gives him a headache, literally.Pretty soon, the nearby isolated small town begins splitting-up into two factions - those who are sympatico with the saucer's psychic space-vibes, and those who aren't. Those who are become inventive geniuses, and those who aren't start more and more looking like dinner. Only Jimmy Smits is sufficiently immune to the nasty thing to exercise his presence of mind, and somehow stop the saucer and its long-mummified occupants from revitalizing themselves off Marg and the other infected townsfolk.This is a very handsomely produced piece, and sufficiently close to Stephen King's original novel that the changes made in the script - which are only done to simplify (and under-grue) the action, and allow a little alien activity - are more welcome than not. The cast are all terrific, especially leads Helgenberger and Smits. Helgenberger's transformation due to her dangerous alien exposure is nicely counterpointed with Smits' alcoholism, the saucer's influence acting like a drug to those who respond to its emanations. The special effects are great, and the inclusion of the revitalized aliens on the saucer in the finale is a nice touch - they're pretty cool, really. The suspense works well. The only real flaw with this piece is a bit too much padding, but the same can be said of most of Stephen King's work in general, and certainly this production has less of it than the novel on which it is based."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 10/11/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"THE TOMMYKNOCKERS is one of the more unsuccessful of Stephen King adaptations to hit the screen. Originally a 1993 tv miniseries, the movie suffers from lackluster direction, mediocre performances and no sense of true suspense or horror. Typically set in a homey little New England town, the plot centers on the discovery of a mysterious object in the woods by a local writer (Marg Helgenberger) who along with her alcoholic poet boyfriend(a poorly cast Jimmy Smits) decides to keep it a secret until the whole thing is unearthed. Meanwhile, a ghostly green light emits from the object, causing the townspeople to go bonkers in one form or another, whether it be by inventing stupid gadgets or wandering around with glowing green eyes. At three hours, THE TOMMYKNOCKERS definitely overstays its welcome and that is one problem in watching a miniseries in one take; it can become redundant. Tighter direction and a more focused cast could have helped but aside from John Ashton, EG Marshall and Joanna Cassidy in supporting roles, most of the performances seem phone in, and Traci Lords is ridiculously hilarious as the postal slut. A real misfire."
This movie rocks!
Patti A. Denison | Southern Indiana | 02/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't believe people who said they did not like this movie or the book. As usual, the book is much better but the movie is great. I thoroughly enjoyed both. This movie has suspense, a sci fi theme, lots of intersting charactrers, and lots of detail. AND Jimmy Smits is soooooooo hot! Anyone who is a sci-fi fan or Stephen King fan will like this movie."