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The Stand [1994] (2 discs)

Director:Mick Garris
Writer:Stephen King
Composer:W.G. Snuffy Walden
Length:361 minutes
(6 hours 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
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IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

Reaction: The production is okay for the time period in which it was made, but there are some confusing parts to the story. It's more fascinating than scary most of the time, but it works overall.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Guest Cast
Alan Gregory => Al Bundell (The Betrayal)
Bruce MacVittie => Ace-High (The Betrayal)
Dan Martin => Rich Moffat (The Betrayal)
David Kirk Chambers => Brad Kitchner (The Betrayal)
Ossie Davis => Judge Richard Farris (The Betrayal)
Stephen King => Teddy Weizak (The Betrayal)
Warren Frost => George Richardson (The Betrayal)
Brittney Lewis => Arlene (The Plague)
David Jensen => Maj. Jalbert (The Plague)
Ed Harris => General Starkey (The Plague)
Frank Magner => Vince Hogan (The Plague)
Hope Marie Carlton => Sally Campion (The Plague)
Jeff Goldblum => Radio Announcer (The Plague)
Jesse Bennett => Vic Palfrey (The Plague)
Johnny Biscuit => Norm Bruett (The Plague)
Jordan Lund => Bill Hapscomb (The Plague)
Julie Simper => Lila Bruett (The Plague)
Kathy Bates => Rae Flowers (The Plague)
Ken Jenkins => Peter Goldsmith (The Plague)
Kevin Doyle => Sarge (The Plague)
Mary Ethel Gregory => Alice Underwood (The Plague)
Max Wright => Dr. Herbert Denninger (The Plague)
Patrick Kilpatrick => Ray Booth (The Plague)
Sherman Howard => Dr. Dietz (The Plague)
Troy Evans => Sheriff Baker (The Plague)
John Landis => Russ Dorr (The Stand)
Sam Raimi => Bobby Terry (The Stand)
Richard Jewkes => Dick Ellis (The Dreams)
Shawnee Smith => Julie Lawry (The Dreams)
Mick Garris => Director / Director
Stephen King => Writer / Writer / Book
W.G. Snuffy Walden => Composer
Adam Storke => Larry Underwood
Bill Fagerbakke => Tom Cullen
Billy L. Sullivan => Joe
Bridgit Ryan => Lucy Swann
Chuck Adamson => Barry Dorgan
Corin Nemec => Harold Lauder
Cynthia Garris => Susan Stern
Gary Sinise => Stu Redman
Jamey Sheridan => Randall Flagg
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar => The Monster / Monster Shouter
Kellie Overbey => Dayna Jurgens
Laura San Giacomo => Nadine Cross
Matt Frewer => Trashcan Man
Miguel Ferrer => Lloyd Henreid
Molly Ringwald => Frannie Goldsmith
Peter Van Norden => Ralph Brentner
Ray Walston => Glen Bateman
Rick Aviles => Rat Man
Rob Lowe => Nick Andros
Ruby Dee => Mother Abagail Freemantle
Sam Anderson => Whitney Horgan

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Actor Matt Frewer has appeared in 6 Stephen King adaptations including this one which is more than any other actor. The others he has appeared in are Bag of Bones, Desperation, Quicksilver Highway, Riding the Bullet, and Lawnmower Man 2. He is also the voice of Dad in "The Shining" TV mini-series!
  • Mother Abigail's house and cornfield were constructed to full scale on a sound stage. Corn stalks were flown in from Florida for the sound-stage cornfield. By the time the corn got to the set in Utah, it was dead. Fake corn was constructed instead, costing nearly 80,000 dollars. For that farm set, a full-size tree, tons of dirt, grass, and sod were brought in. The sky was painted on a backdrop that surrounded the entire stage.
  • [Cameo] Sam Raimi: Bobby Terry (the guy who kills Judge Farris)
  • The shot where the car nearly runs over Nick Andros' (Rob Lowe) head was shot in reverse.
  • For years it was planned to make this story into a theatrical film, directed by [?] George A. Romero. Stephen King did many drafts to make it of a suitable length for a feature film, and when he couldn't get it short enough they considered breaking it into two separate films before finally letting [?] Rospo Pallenberg write a draft. But before they could make it, King was offered the chance to make this mini-series for television.
  • The art directors needed to figure out how a Magic 8-Ball worked for a certain scene. They called the toy company who makes them, but the company refused to disclose the secret.
  • Due to the demands of filming out of sequence, and having less time to shoot than the story actually takes, it was not possible for the male actors to grow and shave off natural facial hair. In order to make their characters appear to grow beards, each of the actors grew their hair longer, and the tips were cut off and attached to their faces with static electricity so that the color would look natural.
  • Rob Lowe plays the deaf-mute character Nick Andros. In real life, he is deaf in his right ear.
  • Stephen King's favorite character in both the book and the mini-series is Lloyd Henreid (Miguel Ferrer).
  • The shot with Randall Flagg's hand bending backwards was done by using makeup on the palm of Jamey Sheridan's left hand to make it look like the back of his right hand.
  • Randall Flagg first appeared in the novel The Stand, and went on to appear in several other Stephen King books, most notably The Eyes of the Dragon and [The Dark Tower]. He goes by several aliases, often identified by the initials R.F. As of 2017, Eyes of the Dragon has not been turned into a film. In The Dark Tower, Flagg is played by Matthew McConaughey.
  • The "Boulder Free Zone" was originally to be filmed in Boulder, Colorado. However, soon before production was to begin, Colorado passed Amendment 2, an amendment to their state Constitution which nullified any existing laws protecting the rights of homosexuals. In protest, the production moved to Utah. (Stephen King's daughter Naomi is a lesbian.) Much of the movie was even filmed on the old Osmond sound stages in Orem, Utah. This amendment was later overturned in the case of Romer v. Evans.
  • Actors initially considered for the part of Randall Flagg: Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum and James Woods. Miguel Ferrer originally wanted to play the role of Randall Flagg, but Stephen King wanted someone that the audience wasn't overly familiar with. After Ferrer heard that his friend Jamey Sheridan had been offered the part, but wasn't sure it was something he wanted to do, Ferrer convinced him to take it.
  • Co-stars Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe share the same birthday: March 17th.
  • The book features many references to, and similarities with, J.R.R. Tolkien's [Lord of the Rings]. One less obvious reference may be the name Nick Andros. Middle-Earth features an island called Cair Andros. Stephen King said that he wanted to write an American version of 'Rings'. Other similarities include Flagg's roving eye, and the group of three ordinary people who defeat a monster. Dayna Jurgens's failed attempt to kill Flagg also parallels Eowyn's fight with the Witch-King of Angmar. Prior to this scene in the book, she sees the necklace Lloyd has, which Flagg gives to all his followers. Rather than being simply a brown stone as in the film, it is a black jewel with a red flaw in the center, resembling a great flaming eye, which actually reminds her of the Eye of Sauron.
  • The ABC network originally wanted Rob Lowe to play [?] Larry Underwood.
  • John Landis: Russ Dorr (the guy with the beard out in the desert).
  • Captain Trips was a nickname of Grateful Dead guitarist [?] Jerry Garcia.
  • The role of Judge Richard Farris was originally to have been played by Moses Gunn who was forced to back out due to health reasons, and Ossie Davis was brought in instead.