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The Stand: Miniseries (1994)



Critic Consensus: 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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A gripping postapocalyptic horror story based on the 1978 novel, with a strong cast (including Rob Lowe in a particularly compelling performance as a deaf man). It portrays the battle between good and evil in an America that has been decimated by a virulent plague, killing all but a handful of people. King conjured up monster ratings with `The Stand,' along with an Outstanding Miniseries Emmy nomination.


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 (23) | Top Critics (9)

The special effects' team took too seriously the "hand of God" conquering evil.

October 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It's cheesy, most of the effects looked bad even when it first aired, and it has the same third act problems that plague the book. And I sort of don't care.

October 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The video effects haven't held up, but you can still enjoy it for the eerie tone - and for the knockout cast.

October 16, 2018 | 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.

October 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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

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

The team behind it still get a lot of points for trying, and assembling a humongous cast that included Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan and Ruby Dee.

October 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Stand: Miniseries


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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