1996 Certificate: pg


Speed director Jan De Bont unleashes another maelstrom of action with Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as estranged married meteorologists who reunite to chase tornadoes across the American Midwest. Writer Michael Crichton adds a human edge in the form of rival researcher Cary Elwes and there's sardonic support from a youthful Philip Seymour Hoffman, but this is all about the colossal special effects. Flying cows - awesome!


  • Jan de Bont


  • Bill Paxton

  • Helen Hunt

  • Cary Elwes

  • Jami Gertz


This exciting action adventure, with some devastatingly effective 'twister' sequences, follows the efforts of two rival groups of hurricane hunters to race to the root of a tornado and, by launching a scientific equipment pack into its eye, record valuable data concerning its structure.

Stars Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt do all their own stuntwork, but acting honours go to Jami Gertz as the 'other woman' who comes between them.