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It [1990] (1 disc)
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Director:Tommy Lee Wallace
Writer:Lawrence D. Cohen
Tommy Lee Wallace
Composer:Richard Bellis
Length:192 minutes
(3 hours 12 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Action
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Synopsis: In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.


Reaction: Stephen King's It is iconic. Pennywise is the greatest clown you love to hate.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Tommy Lee Wallace => Director / Writer
Lawrence D. Cohen => Writer
Richard Bellis => Composer
Stephen King => Novel
Adam Faraizl => Eddie Kaspbrak - Age 12
Annette O'Toole => Beverly Marsh
Ben Heller => Stanley Uris - Age 12
Brandon Crane => Ben Hanscom - Age 12
Dennis Christopher => Eddie Kaspbrak
Drum Garrett => Belch
Emily Perkins => Beverly Marsh - Age 12
Florence Paterson => Mrs. Kersh
Harry Anderson => Richie Tozier
Jarred Blancard => Henry Bowers - Age 14
John Ritter => Ben Hanscom
Jonathan Brandis => Bill Denbrough - Age 12
Marlon Taylor => Mike Hanlon - Age 12
Michael Cole => Henry Bowers
Olivia Hussey => Audra Denbrough
Richard Masur => Stanley Uris
Richard Thomas => Bill Denbrough
Seth Green => Richie Tozier - Age 12
Sheila Moore => Mrs. Kaspbrak
Tim Curry => Pennywise
Tim Reid => Mike Hanlon

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Bill is the author of a horror novel titled The Glowing. This may refer to Stephen King's The Shining.
  • The night guard in the asylum is called Koontz, named after Stephen King's rival author [?] Dean R. Koontz.
  • In the movie the words "Beep beep, Richie" are often used. In the novel it is explained that this phrase is meant to get Richie to shut up.
  • The movie the children are watching when they drop drinks and popcorn on the bullies is I Was a Teenage Werewolf.
  • On the DVD commentary track, the actors note that Tim Curry's characterization of Pennywise was so creepy and realistic that everyone avoided him during the filming.
  • Jonathan Brandis was on {SeaQuest DSV}, where Seth Green made a few guest appearances. Green's nickname was "Wolflman".
  • Jarred Blancard (young Henry Bowers) hated having to call Marlon Taylor (young Mike Hanlon) a "nigger", and would often apologize to him before and after filming for his character's excessive use of the slur.
  • Jonathan Brandis and John Ritter both died tragically in 2003. Brandis hanged himself, while Ritter suffered an unexpected, fatal aortic dissection.
  • In a neat bit of irony, Richie is menaced by a werewolf. The young Richie, played by Seth Green later played a werewolf in {Buffy the Vampire Slayer}.
  • Stephen King's novel IT is connected to his {Dark Tower} universe. The novel has an image of a turtle supporting the earth. A poem explaining this, "See the Turtle of enormous girth/ Upon his back he holds the Earth," appears in both IT and the third {Dark Tower} novel, The Waste Lands. That book also expands on the idea of multiple dimensions, each guarded by an animal avatar, held together by the Dark Tower in the center, rather like the spokes of a wheel. The final {Dark Tower} novel, The Dark Tower, features a character named Mordred who, like Pennywise, shifts from human to spider form, and another character, Dandelo, who, like Pennywise, has "deadlights" behind his eyes that will drive a mortal to madness. The character Mike Hanlon appears in both IT and Insomnia, which introduces {Dark Tower} character Patrick Danville.