The Stand: Miniseries (1994)


Miniseries
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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Episodes

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Air date: May 8, 1994
2
Air date: May 9, 1994
3
Air date: May 11, 1994
4
Air date: May 12, 1994

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Cast

Gary Sinise
as Stu Redman
Molly Ringwald
as Fran Goldsmith
Jamey Sheridan
as Randall Flagg
Laura San Giacomo
as Nadine Cross
Bill Fagerbakke
as Tom Cullen
Ray Walston
as Glen Bateman
Adam Storke
as Larry Underwood
Rob Lowe
as Nick Andros
Ruby Dee
as Mother Abigail
Miguel Ferrer
as Lloyd Henreid
Corin Nemec
as Harold Lauder
Ossie Davis
as Judge Farris
Matt Frewer
as Trashcan Man
Shawnee Smith
as Julie Lawry
Stephen King
as Teddy Weizak
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Critic Reviews for The Stand Miniseries

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

The most terrifying thing about The Stand is its length - eight hours, which seem to fly by in like, oh, 38 hours. In this story about the end of the world, the end doesn't come a minute too soon.

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This is not a drama that resists the obvious.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Be prepared not to be scared, though. Or even to be stimulated.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Muddled, certainly, but Stephen King's 'The Stand is clever enough to keep you wondering what could possibly happen next.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but with a lot of bad acting. Oh, and plenty of bad writing, too.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

With the exception of some gnarly corpses and a handful of devilish special effects, there are surprisingly few jolts to be had here.

Jan 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Mick Garris' version turns out to be a video film with solid production values, some spooky and gruesome moments and a number of good performances.

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This isn't the best Stephen King adaptation ever, but for an adaptation of an unfilmable book, and a TV adaptation at that, it's pretty darn good.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Entertaining. But is it worth eight hours of your attention?

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The miniseries - anchored firmly in the black-vest-and-jeans '90s in many, many ways - is a time capsule of suburban fears and idiotic stereotyping... Yet, somehow, The Stand still offers a lot to love.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

In its finest moments, which are largely confined to Parts 1 and 2, The Stand is an engrossing yarn, rich in symbolism, with chilling special effects.

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Looks like cheap garbage. I'd still recommend The Stand, though. The cast is fascinating in a very mid-'90s way.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Stand: Miniseries

  • Dec 10, 2014
    Stephen King's epic apocalyptic thriller The Stand is brought to television as a four part miniseries. When a plague wipes out 99% of the population a series of survivors receive mysterious dreams calling them to Boulder, Colorado, to begin anew, but a rival community rises up in Las Vegas led by the demonic Randall Flagg. Featuring Gary Sinise, Laura San Giacomo, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Shawnee Smith, Matt Frewer, and Ed Harris, the cast is quite impressive. Yet the performances aren't very good, and neither are the production values. The storytelling's also rather weak, failing to capture the dyer tone of this apocalyptic tale. The Stand clearly has an ambitious vision, but it's unable to deliver on it.
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  • 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.
  • Mar 14, 2018
    A whole lota hokey. Only watched half.
  • Jan 19, 2018
    A surprisingly well told version of King's epic book. Yes, it has dated over the years but if you read the book you will enjoy seeing it brought to life. Gary Sinise is on fine form and keeps it interesting. Lacking the grisly elements of the novel but a worth while companion piece.
  • Sep 16, 2017
    Not as good as I hoped, but the beginning alone is worth it all. Recommended
  • Sep 20, 2016
    Totally awful. Wooden characters - and that's not the supernatural part.

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