The Dead Zone (1983)



Critic Consensus: The Dead Zone combines taut direction from David Cronenberg and and a rich performance from Christopher Walken to create one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations.

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A faithful adaptation of Stephen King's novel of a man who emerges from a coma after five years to find that he has been blessed, or cursed, with psychic powers. Struggling to come to terms with this ability, it is not long before he is put to the test.
Rating: R (for a sexual reference)
Genre: Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: David Cronenberg
Written By: David Cronenberg , Jeffrey Boam
In Theaters: wide
Paramount Pictures


Christopher Walken
as Johnny Smith
Tom Skerritt
as Sherriff George Bannerman
Martin Sheen
as Stillson
Sean Sullivan
as Herb Smith
Jackie Burroughs
as Vera Smith
Geza Kovacs
as Sonny Elliman
Simon Craig
as Christopher Stuart
Roberta Weiss
as Alma Frechette
Barry Flatman
as Walter Bracknell
Ken Pogue
as Vice President
Gordon Jocelyn
as Five-star General
Bill Copeland
as Secretary of State
Jack Messinger
as Therapist
Cindy Hines
as Natalie
William Copeland
as Secretary of State
Helene Udy
as Weizak's mother
Ramon Estevez
as Teenage Boy with Camera
Joseph Domenchini
as Young Weizak
Roger Dunn
as Reporter
Claude Rae
as Reporter
John Koensgen
as T.V. Anchor
Les Carlson
as Brenner
Jim Bearden
as Deputy #1
Nicole deBoer
as Sarah Bracknell
John L. Adams
as Bruce Lewis
Chris Bruno
as Sheriff Bannerman
Dominic Louis
as Johnny Smith Jr.
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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (5)

An accomplished psychological thriller.

Full Review… | October 7, 2008
Top Critic

By no means a bad film, just a disappointingly bland and superficial one.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Cronenberg pulls it off, but you can't help feeling it's a movie in search of a TV series.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mr. Cronenberg's direction is vivid and effective; his pacing is a little unemphatic at times, but the film's individual scenes are very well staged.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The Dead Zone ultimately ranks as one of the best King adaptations to date.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013

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