Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 1997

PG-13 |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

During the approach of the most powerful storm in decades, university professor Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) and an underfunded team of students prepare the prototype for Dorothy, a ground-breaking tornado data-gathering device conceived by her estranged husband, Bill (Bill Paxton). When Harding tells Bill that Dorothy is ready for testing -- and that their privately funded rival Dr. Jonas Miller (Cary Elwes) has stolen the idea and built his own -- Bill rejoins the team for one last mission.

Cast: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Lois Smith, Alan Ruck, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeremy Davies

Director: Jan de Bont

Genres: Action

Production Co: Constant c Productions, Warner Brothers, Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures

Keywords: Quest , Rivalry , 1960s , Suspenseful , Husband , Underdog , Competition , Fascinating , 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Doesn't have any pretensions. It is what it sets out to be: an effective piece of big money, early summer entertainment designed to blow viewers away. show more

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    It's hard to dislike a picture with flying cows and oil trucks. show more

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Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Sound
Winner Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)