Stephen King's The Stand: Miniseries (1994)


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Stephen King's The Stand

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Based on Stephen King's magnum opus of a novel, The Stand delivers six hours of vintage denim, questionable special effects, and an all-star cast battling the forces of good and evil.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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Air date: May 8, 1994

Earth's few survivors of a catastrophic epidemic battle a satanic being (Jamey Sheridan); with Gary Sinise; Molly Ringwald; Rob Lowe; Laura San Giacomo; Ossie Davis; Ruby Dee; Ray Walston; based on Stephen King's novel.

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Air date: May 9, 1994

Survivors of the virus begin to find one another; Flagg's (Jamey Sheridan) followers head to Las Vegas; Mother Abigail's (Ruby Dee) people go to Nebraska and prepare to make a stand against the Darkman's forces.

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Air date: May 11, 1994

Mother Abigail's (Ruby Dee) flock goes to Colorado; lovers Stu and Fran (Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald) alienate Harold (Corin Nemec); Nadine (Laura San Giacomo) infiltrates Abigail's group; Cullen (Bill Fagerbakke) infiltrates Flagg's.

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Air date: May 12, 1994

Flagg (Jamey Sheridan) orders Nadine (Laura San Giacomo) to ditch Harold (Corin Nemec); Julie (Shawnee Smith) exposes Cullen (Bill Fagerbakke) as a spy; Nadine, then others, rebel against Flagg.

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  • May 14, 2022
    A fair representation of the plot but craved more character development. At times the production quality felt more like play than a show. Despite so much missing, was still an enjoyable adaptation.
  • Nov 08, 2021
    While the ending could use a little work and the production values aren't the greatest, The Stand is a Stephen King miniseries that's actually good with a large cast who all delkver memorable performances, an engaging premise that hits rather close to home (it's probably not much of a coincidence that there's been another The Stand miniseries recently) and remaining faithful to the book, according to what Stephen King fans say. A flawed but ambitious and compelling miniseries.
  • Sep 23, 2021
    A fair representation of the book. I found the "Mini Series" to be entertaining and well worth investing in the double DVD set for my collection. Acting is pretty good....the filming is better.
  • Feb 02, 2021
    The mini series is not as good as the book, but still entertaining. Jamey Sheridan was a great pick to play Randall Flagg, and Bill Faggerbacke as Tom Cullen was perfect.
  • Jan 09, 2021
    This was a near perfect recreation of the novel, and in spite of necessary concessions they had to make for 1990's prime time television, the performances and casting were excellent.
  • Jan 02, 2021
    The cast is fantastic. Molly Ringwald, Shawnee Smith, Lara San Giacomo, Ruby Dee...Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?! Yes, it is more campy than the 2020 one. Absolutely. But it's nice that it doesn't take itself as seriously. Both versions have awkwardly rushed endings. Of the two versions, this is more fun.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    So this is a review of the 1994 mini-series, The Stand. This is a classic adaption of Stephen King's masterpiece The Stand. While I haven't read The Stand, and the word on the streets was Stephen King was disappointed somehow with it, I thought it was well-paced, believable -- can you believe it? It was just so well produced. Gary Sinise was spectacular. It's a must see. I recommend seeing it before seeing the new CBS remake of the same.
  • Dec 14, 2020
    A rather interesting and engaging premise, well acted and (sometimes) crafted piece of 90s television that seems, as it sometimes happens with material based on Stephen King's work, to fail hard with the concluding chapters and its implications.
  • Apr 05, 2019
    The Stand is one of my favorite Stephen King novels -- I've read it three times. This miniseries does an excellent job of bringing the story to the screen!
  • Dec 19, 2018
    A miniseries that is faithful to the post-apocalyptic Stephen King novel. Gripping from the opening. Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper playing near the beginning in the context of the vast majority of the human race dying off is brilliant. Good survivors face off against evil in the aftermath. Heroism abounds, including the ultimate sacrifice. For all of those Christian film-makers out there, watch this and learn how to make a Christian film without explicitly trying to.

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