Synopsis: TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.
Director(s): Jan de Bont
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

It's in the center of the circle in

Kingfisher County, moving north.

Tornado warning continues now

and has been extended officially.

I gave this to you earlier.

It's extended over into Oklahoma Cou--

They're calling all of

Oklahoma County right now....


-What is it, Mommy?

-We have to get up.

We must go to the storm cellar!

What's happening?

Come on, sweetie.


Mommy's got you.

TV says it's big.

We're going to the storm cellar.

We must move! Hand her to me!

Come on! Let's move.

Go to the center of your

house if there's no cellar.

My Lord!

Come on!

We're almost there!

Take her! Take her!

I'll get the door!

-Get in!


It's coming!


Light the lamp!

Daddy! Toby's still outside!

Toby, come on, boy!

Good boy!

It's okay, Toby.

Grab Jo!


Take Jo!


I can't hold it.

Jesus! Oh, God!

I can't hold it!

Stay with me, Jo!

At 7 a.m. in Oklahoma City,

the temperature is 75 degrees.

Look, caps are already

starting to break.

All the models are forecasting

lifted indices from -6 to -10.

If the cells keep building, there could be

a record outbreak of tornados.

This is going to be a long day.

Are you sure she'll be there?

If I know Jo, she's already dragged

her department into the field.

Day like today, it's to be expected.

She forgets everything except work.

You're nervous.



Do I look nervous?


Well, yeah, you do a little. You know.

I want to get it over with.

She said she signed the papers?

That's what she said.

You don't think so?

I think so.

Give me a kiss.

Okay, Professor! Hang on there.

I think I fixed it.

I got it.

F*** me! This thing is useless!


Wait, wait!

Good! Give me a reading!

Okay, boss lady, hold your horses.

Which way do you want it?

The dry line is stalled.

Scan WNW, look at mid-levels for

rotation, and increase the P.R.F.

If I mistreat you girl

Sure don't mean no harm

All I'm saying is, don't fold the maps.

I didn't.

Kansas is a mess. There's a

big crease through Wichita.

Roll the maps.

The storm chasers.

Who's that handsome devil?


The Extreme! It's the Extreme!

Don't start that sh*t.

A manly handshake ensues.

How you doing, man?

I'm doing great.

Oh, man!

I'd like you to meet Melissa.

This is Dusty.

Dustman's been chasing

with us since we started.


...where's Jo?

She's by the Doppler.

Broke down again.

Running out of grant money.

Why don't you hang out here for a

little while. I'll be right back.

Dusty, why don't you

explain to Melissa...

...why you're the way you are.

Come on.

Man, Jo's going to wig

when she sees he's back.

I'm not back.

The prodigal son returns.

Hi, Joey.

Hiya, Jo.

I'm happy you found us.

How you doing?

It's going good.

You see the sky today?

She's really talking.


It's the biggest series of storms in

N.S.S.L.'s never seen anything like it.

Is that right? So, Jo,

about the divorce papers--

Do you have a sec?

Excuse me.

This thing's acting up again.

The focus mount's jammed.

There's grass in the auto-focus.

Should I clean it?

Not unless you want to sketch tornados.

Welcome back.

I'm not back.

You want the papers?

I came here for them.

They're signed and ready.

Good. Let's see them.

Right now?

That'd be nice.

What's the urgent urgency?

You act like you're getting married.

I am.

Is it Melinda?


Wasn't there a Melinda somewhere?

There's only been Melissa since you.

Not much for browsing, are you?

I guess I'm not.

There you go.

You missed a page.

Right here.

Where'd this come from?

What're you doing?

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Michael Crichton

John Michael Crichton (/ˈkraɪtən/; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American best-selling author, screenwriter, film director, producer, and former physician best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted into films. In 1994, Crichton became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at No. 1 in US television (ER), film (Jurassic Park), and book sales (Disclosure). more…

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