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TV-PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (1990)
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In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Harry Anderson ...  Richie Tozier 2 episodes, 1990
Dennis Christopher ...  Eddie Kaspbrak 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Masur ...  Stanley Uris 2 episodes, 1990
Annette O'Toole ...  Beverly Marsh 2 episodes, 1990
Tim Reid ...  Mike Hanlon 2 episodes, 1990
John Ritter ...  Ben Hanscom 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Thomas ...  Bill Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Tim Curry ...  Pennywise 2 episodes, 1990
Jonathan Brandis ...  Bill Denbrough - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Brandon Crane ...  Ben Hanscom - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Adam Faraizl Adam Faraizl ...  Eddie Kaspbrak - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Seth Green ...  Richie Tozier - Age 12 2 episodes, 1990
Ben Heller ...  Stanley Uris - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Emily Perkins ...  Beverly Marsh - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Marlon Taylor Marlon Taylor ...  Mike Hanlon - Age 12 / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Olivia Hussey ...  Audra Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Sheila Moore ...  Mrs. Kaspbrak 2 episodes, 1990
Jarred Blancard ...  Henry Bowers - Age 14 2 episodes, 1990
Chris Eastman Chris Eastman ...  Belch 2 episodes, 1990
Gabe Khouth ...  Patrick Hocksetter / ... 2 episodes, 1990
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ...  Tom Rogan 2 episodes, 1990
Venus Terzo ...  Cyndi 2 episodes, 1990
Frank C. Turner ...  Al Marsh 2 episodes, 1990
Caitlin Hicks Caitlin Hicks ...  Patti Uris 2 episodes, 1990
Tony Dakota Tony Dakota ...  Georgie Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Steven Hilton Steven Hilton ...  Mr. Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ...  Sharon Denbrough 2 episodes, 1990
Chelan Simmons ...  Laurie Anne Winterbarger 2 episodes, 1990
Merrilyn Gann ...  Mrs. Winterbarger 2 episodes, 1990
Susan Astley Susan Astley ...  Aunt Jean 2 episodes, 1990
Claire Vardiel ...  Arlene Hanscom 2 episodes, 1990
Garry Chalk ...  Coach 2 episodes, 1990
Terence Kelly ...  Officer Nell 2 episodes, 1990
Donna Peerless Donna Peerless ...  Miss Douglas 2 episodes, 1990
Steve Makaj ...  Ben's Father 2 episodes, 1990
William B. Davis ...  Mr. Gedreau 2 episodes, 1990
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Storyline

In 1960, a group of social outcasts who are bullied by a gang of greasers led by Henry Bowers are also tormented by an evil demon who can shape-shift into a clown and feed on children's fears and kill them. After defeating the demonic clown as kids, it resurfaces 30 years later and they must finish it off as adults once again. Written by Blake

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From the King of terror, a chilling new dimension in horror. See more »


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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's It See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the balloon appears in Ben's taxi, John Ritter was turning it with his finger, off-camera. See more »

Goofs

It seems as if Mike was the last to join the seven back in the 1960s. The day Mike joins them was apparently several days after the other kids had encountered It. Out of the discussion about It, which takes place the day of the Rock Battle, we learn that every single kid in the gang has already seen It somewhere. However, later in the movie, Bev tells a story about the blood in her bathroom, and in the flashback, we see all of the 7 kids entering Bev's bathroom to clean the mess up, the day right after the blood had come out of the washbasin. See more »

Quotes

Young Richie: One out of ten. You're worse than I am, kiddo. At this rate, we might as well let that damn clown take us one by one.
Young Bill: Beep beep Richie. Who's left? Ben? Bev?
Young Richie: Yeah, and one of them better be good, Bill, because right now, you're in the lead with a pathetic three out of ten.
Young Bill: Richie, will you PLEASE shut up?
Young Richie: You know you don't stutter all the time?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, we see pictures of the "Lucky Seven" from their childhood like in a photo album. The final photo of the Paramount cinema segues into the actual one in Derry. The camera pulls back from the title IT, and it turns from white to red. In Pt 2, the final photo of a hotel segues into the one the "Lucky Seven" are staying at. At the end of both parts, Pennywise's laugh is heard. See more »

Alternate Versions

The following cuts have been made on the 2002 DVD.
  • Part 2 starts with Bill arriving at the Derry cemetery. This completely cuts out his conversation with the woman at the hotel checkout desk, along with the opening credits.
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The Problem With IT
19 May 2017 | by timetrappedSee all my reviews

IT is, by far, my favorite tale of all time. The best story I've ever grasped into my mind - from Stephen King that is. I never thought in my entire life that I would be one of those guys who simply just says, "the book is better." Horrifically, I come to you all now with that similar common complaint, though I'll try to explain myself a little more.

Though this television mini-series terrified an entire generation of clowns, it is only a small piece of the pie to the masterpiece story that is IT. The television show also ages horribly, going back and watching this show from 2017 was extremely saddening, especially after just reading the book again as well. Aside from all those problems, the biggest problem with this two episode television show is that the true understanding and experience of IT can not be grasped within 2-3 hours, it's impossible, the book alone is over 1100 pages. This mini series has attempted to cram a 12 hour story into just 3 as well as missing so many key scenes that impacts the story in so many ways. This IT is truly a total mess.

The only way IT could be properly translated to the screen is if at least a full season or two with multiple episodes were to be created. For an example, imagine if the creators of Stranger Things (An amazing Netflix original series) created a season of IT. In contrast to only 2-3 hours as well as terrible acting; picture ten 45 minute episodes per a season with modern day special effects - yeah let that sink in. As a huge fan of IT, I do hope that one day the money is put into this and this wonderful story finally gets to be experienced by so many people who particularly don't enjoy reading and are more of the film/visual types.

Lastly, I suppose I should point out some positive things about this IT as well. Tim Curry did a good job in my opinion considering what he had to work with. You can tell the scenes are forced, the actors are forced to do so much within such a short amount of time and the director attempts to develop the characters way to quickly. So it isn't all their fault, even though I don't think most of them were very good anyhow. It is important to remember this is an adaptation I suppose, so while it is an entirely different beast than the book, it is still painful to see so many people miss out on one of the greatest stories of all time.


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