Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)


In Steven Spielberg’s segment of this anthology film, a group of OAPs are encouraged to have fun again by a mysterious resident at their care home, and soon literally become children again…

Seen before? Nope.

Best performance: The young versions of the characters are well matched to the older actors.

Best scene/moment/sequence: The kick-the-can scene.

Review: Spielberg’s contribution is the sweetest (schmaltziest, actually) in the film. It’s a diverting enough piece of whimsy. The movie’s other segments are: a fun dialogue scene with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks, which serves as a prologue; a story about a racist (Vic Morrow) forced to experience persecution, which is pretty shallow stuff; a creepy and inventive story about a woman meeting a batshit-crazy family being controlled by their cartoon-obsessed son; and a remake of the famous Twilight Zone episode where an airline passenger (John Lithgow in this instance) sees a monster on the plane’s wing. On the whole, it’s a strange film. Four directors (Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller), five stories, various lurches of tone… I’m not sure it’s all that satisfying, but there was enough in it to keep me interested.

Six Creedence Clearwater Revival songs out of 10.


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