The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone (1983)

R 103 min - Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction -
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Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.

Director:  David Cronenberg

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Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.


Collections: David Cronenberg

Tagline: In his mind, he has the power to see the future. In his hands, he has the power to change it.

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Language:  English, Russian

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Budget:  $10,000,000
Revenue:  $20,766,616

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Runtime:  1 h 43 min

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Official poster of The Dead Zone Movie
Official poster of The Dead Zone Movie

The Dead Zone Movie Trailer in HD – 1983

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Waking up from a five-year coma after a car accident, former school teacher Johnny Smith discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiance married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

Johnny also discovers that he now has the psychic ability to learn a person’s secrets (past, present, future) through physical contact with them. As he touches a nurse’s hand, he has a vision of her daughter trapped in a fire. He also sees that Weizak’s mother, long thought to have died during World War II, is still alive and that a reporter’s sister killed herself.

As news of his “gift” spreads, Johnny is asked by a sheriff for help with a series of murders, but he wants to be left alone and therefore declines. Sarah visits with her infant son and she and Johnny consummate their previous relationship (they had declined to make love before being married). Having a change of heart, Johnny agrees to help the sheriff and, through a vision at the crime scene, he discovers that the sheriff’s own deputy is the killer. Before they can arrest him, the deputy kills himself. Johnny is then shot by the man’s mother, who in turn is killed by the sheriff.

A disillusioned Johnny, now barely able to walk, moves away and attempts to live a more isolated life. He takes on tutoring jobs for school children, working from home until a wealthy man named Roger Stuart implores him to come visit his son. Johnny and the boy, Chris, quickly form a friendship but, after seeing a vision of a boy falling through ice and drowning during a hockey game, Johnny warns Stuart not to let the boy go. Stuart ignores him, but Chris believes him and stays home. Two boys die during the trip, proving Johnny right. Johnny then realizes he has a “dead zone” in his visions, where he can actually change the future.

Johnny attends a rally for Greg Stillson, a US Senatorial candidate for whom Sarah is a volunteer. Johnny shakes Stillson’s hand and has a vision of him becoming President of the United States and ordering a nuclear strike against Russia that brings on a nuclear holocaust. He seeks Weizak’s advice, asking, by way of example, if he would have killed Adolf Hitler if he had had the chance, knowing in advance the atrocities Hitler would commit. Weizak replies that he would have had no choice but to kill him. Johnny leaves Sarah a letter, telling her that what he is about to do will cost him his life, but that it will be a sacrifice he is willing to make.

Johnny loads a rifle and takes aim at Stillson at a rally held in a church. His shot misses the target, but Stillson grabs Sarah’s baby and holds him as a human shield. A photographer snaps a picture of Stillson holding the baby just as Johnny is shot by a security guard. Confronted by an angry Stillson, a fatally wounded Johnny grabs his hand. He now foresees Stillson’s reputation and political ambitions being ruined after the photograph of his cowardly act is published in the media for all to see, and Stillson will shoot himself. Johnny tells Stillson he’s finished. Sarah embraces Johnny and tells him she loves him as he dies.

The Dead Zone is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay by Jeffrey Boam was based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King.

Sources: stephenking.comen.wikipedia.org