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Directed by Jan de Bont
Produced by Ian Bryce
Michael Crichton
Kathleen Kennedy
Written by Michael Crichton
Anne-Marie Martin
Starring Helen Hunt
Bill Paxton
Jami Gertz
Cary Elwes
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Alan Ruck
Music by Van Halen
Mark Mancina
Anthony Kiedis (uncredited)
Dave Navarro (uncredited)
Chad Smith (uncredited)
Gioacchino Rossini
Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Editing by Michael Kahn
Distributed by Warner Bros. (USA)
Universal Studios (non-USA)
Release date(s) May 10, 1996
Running time 113 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Budget US$92,000,000 (estimated)
Money made $494,471,524

Twister is a 1996 American disaster movie set in Oklahoma. It starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as "storm chasers", people who follow tornadoes to learn about them. It was directed by Jan de Bont. The movie was based upon a script by Michael Crichton and his wife, former actress Anne-Marie Martin.

Twister has a famous scene of a flying cow. It is a scene that was the subject of many parodies. According to IMDb, Twister was the first movie commercially released on DVD.


  • Helen Hunt ... Jo
  • Bill Paxton ... Bill
  • Jami Gertz ... Melissa
  • Cary Elwes ... Jonas
  • Lois Smith ... Aunt Meg
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman ... 'Dusty'
  • Alan Ruck ... 'Rabbit'
  • Sean Whalen ... Sanders
  • Scott Thomson ... 'Preacher'
  • Todd Field ... Beltzer
  • Joey Slotnick ... Joey
  • Wendle Josepher ... Haynes
  • Jeremy Davies ... Laurence
  • Zach Grenier ... Eddie
  • Gregory Sporleder .... Willie
  • Patrick Fischler .... The Communicator
  • Nicholas Sadler .... Kubrick
  • Ben Weber .... Stanley
  • Anthony Rapp .... Tony
  • Eric LaRay Harvey .... Eric
  • Abraham Benrubi .... Bubba
  • Jake Busey .... Mobile lab technician
  • Melanie Hoopes .... Patty
  • J. Dean Lindsay .... Dean
  • Dean Kelpine .... Diner mechanic
  • Sharonlyn Morrow .... Waitress
  • Richard Lineback .... Father
  • Rusty Schwimmer .... Mother
  • Alexa Vega .... Jo – 5 years old
  • Taylor Gilbert .... NSSL scientist – Bryce
  • Bruce Wright .... NSSL scientist – Murphy
  • Gary England, Jeff Lazalier, Rick Mitchell .... TV meteorologists
  • John Thomas Rhyne .... Paramedic
  • Paul Douglas .... Bodger
  • Samantha McDonald, Jennifer F. Hamilton .... Drive-in girls
  • Anneke de Bont .... Farm girl

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