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Release Date: April 21st, 1983

DVD Release Date: September 19th, 2000

R|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
When Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) awakens from a coma caused by a car accident, he finds that years have passed, and he now has psychic abilities. Heartbroken that his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) has moved on with her life, Johnny also must contend with his unsettling powers, which allow him to see a person's future with a mere touch. After shaking the hand of aspiring politician Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen), Johnny sees the danger presented by the candidate's rise and resolves to kill him.

Cast: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst, Martin Sheen, Nicholas Campbell

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Science fiction, Thriller

Production Co: Lorimar Film Entertainment, Dino De Laurentiis Productions

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural. show more

  • Arguably the best adaptation of a Stephen King novel. show more

  • It never really chills you, but then it never insults you, either, and it's more affecting than you expect any film based on a Stephen King novel to be. [22 Oct 1983]

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