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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
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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

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Earlier in 1990, Tim Curry appeared in The Hunt for Red October (1990), which also featured Stellan Skarsgård, whose son, Bill Skarsgård, plays Pennywise in It (2017). See more »

Goofs

After Bev has been chased out of her fathers house 30 years later, If you look to the far side of the screen you can faintly see the thin metal stick which they tied to the balloon so that one of the crew could make it bounce from a distance. See more »

Quotes

Richie: What are you saying, Eddie? You're still a virgin?
Eddie: Yeah.
Richie: Well I can't help you there, pal.
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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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Extremely long but worthwhile horror yarn.
30 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Many critics have complained that Stephen King's It is an overlong film. However, considering that the book upon which it is based takes over 1,000 pages to tell its story, it is hardly surprising that the film version needs so much running time to cram in all the twists and turns. Besides, the three hour running time goes by quickly because the film is briskly paced and full of engaging incidents. Also, the depth of the story allows to us to really get into the minds of the characters, which is a rare thing indeed in a horror film, since usually the characters are hilariously shallow.

The story unfolds like a two part mini-series (which is, I believe, what the film was originally meangt to be). In the first half, a bunch of seven kids in a small town realise that recent child killings are not the work of a murderer, but are attributable to a monster which awakes every thirty years. They track it down and very nearly kill it, but it just manages to escape. Thirty years later, the seven are all grown up, but they re-unite to seek out the monster when it once more awakens for its regular killing spree.

The acting is very goood, especially John Ritter as a successful architect and Tim Curry as the terrifying Pennywise the Clown. There are some spooky moments, but nothing that I would describe as absolutely horrifying. This is an unusually deep and detailed horror film, well worth seeing.


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