The Dead Zone

Synopsis: Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...
Director(s): David Cronenberg
Production: Paramount Pictures
  7 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

"And the Raven, never flitting,

still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas

just above my chamber door,

And his eyes have all the seeming

of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o'er him streaming

throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow

that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted... nevermore!"

Pretty good, huh? Okay.

I want you to read

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

You're gonna like it.

It's about a schoolteacher

who gets chased by a headless demon.

- Hi.

- Hi.

Can teachers be expelled

for kissing in the hallway?

- They get fired.

- Thank God it's Friday.

You sound like one of my students.

Why don't you carry my books?

I hope you haven't made any plans

for this afternoon.

- Where are we going?

- It's a surprise.

You okay?

- What's wrong?

- I don't know.

- It didn't used to bother me.

- Enjoy the ride, folks?

That's it. Take it away.

- Do you want to come in?

- I'd better not.

Are you all right?

I'm okay.

I had a wonderful time.

Are you sure you don't want to come in?

You could spend the night here.

Better not.

Some things are worth waiting for.

My books.

Johnny, wait!

I'm so crazy about you.

I'm going to marry you, you know?

You'd better.

- Drive carefully.

- I will.

Where's Intensive Care?


Johnny, don't leave me, please.

Johnny, you're going to get better.

I know you are.

Can you hear me?

We're going to get married, Johnny.

Don't leave me.

Hello, John.

My name's Weizak.

I'm Dr. Sam Weizak.

I'm the director of this clinic.

You've been our guest here for a while.


It's a funny way of putting it.

How do you feel?

My throat hurts.

Try a bit of water.


Hey, slow down.

Not so fast. Slow down.

You've been involved

in a terrible traffic accident.

Do you remember?

Am I okay?


you've been smashed up pretty badly.

What is it?

No bandages.

How come?

Your parents are here.

They're right next door.

I'm going to bring them in now.

Is that okay?


Do come in.

- Hi, Mom, Dad.

- John.


Johnny, Johnny.

It's a miracle, John.

I know. I was lucky.

Look here, not a scratch.

The Lord has delivered you

from your trance.

Remember what we discussed,

Mrs. Smith, please.

What's she talking about?

You've been in a coma, Johnny.

Not a trance.


For how long?

We're just glad to have you back, son.

That's all that matters.

How long?

Dad, how long?

Five years.

Five long years, John.

Lost for five years.

And now reborn unto me.



What about Sarah?

Cast her from your thoughts, John.

She's turned her back on you.

She cleaves now unto another man,

a husband.




- Amy.

- Amy is my daughter's name.

Your daughter's screaming.

The house is burning. Your daughter's

in the house. It's not too late.



Your daughter's screaming.

Amy's screaming. It's not too late.

Your daughter's screaming. Hurry up!

The first order of business

is getting your body back into shape.

Although you've been

exercised regularly,

the ligaments have shortened a little

during the coma.

Am I gonna have to live in a wheelchair?

Not permanently.

And not for very long. Not if I can help it.

I won't deceive you, John.

Your therapy will be long and painful.

But you will walk.

Thank you.

The wolf is loose.

John. John, are you all right?

No match for them.

Horses, fire.

The boy is safe.

The boy is safe.

John! John!

John, are you all right?

Tell me. What about the boy?

You keep saying,

"The boy is safe, the boy is safe."

- What boy?

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Jeffrey Boam

Jeffrey David Boam (November 30, 1946 – January 24, 2000) was an American screenwriter and film producer. He is known for writing the screenplays for Lethal Weapon 2 and 3, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Innerspace, and The Lost Boys. Boam's films had a cumulative gross of over US$1 billion. He was educated at Sacramento State College and UCLA. Boam died of heart failure on January 24, 2000 at age 53. more…

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