Watch: The Dead Zone 1983 123movies, Full Movie Online – Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a ‘gift’ at first, but ends up causing problems….
Plot: Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee’s home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.
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This was outstanding, and ranks right up there for me, both in terms of Stephen King adaptations in general and Cronenberg’s work in particular. It also houses one of my very favourite Christopher Walken performances. When I see Martin Sheen be such a jerk here, it both makes me realize where his son Charlie gets that side of his personality from and makes me fear, even though I’m Canadian, the fact that Donald Trump actually has a chance of being the next president of the United States. It also reaffirms in my heart the great adoration I have for Brooke Adams.
The Dead Zone is a movie that hits several genres and carries itself very well. It’s able to do so due to the strength of the main character, Johnny Smith, played so well by Christopher Walken. Walken’s performance is casual at times and absolutely stunning at others. To think that Bill Murray was thought by Stephen King to be a better option is crazy. Walken’s performance brings out the best in the rest of the ensemble as the movie goes through 3 acts, with several stories intermingled quite nicely with each other. While it is not a true horror movie, in my opinion, the work of David Cronenberg comes out nicely in some scene’s that remind you he is in charge of our minds during the 100 minute or so feature.
I highly recommend this to anyone that loves Stephen King adaptions or psychological thrillers. It is a movie, that in my opinion, has aged very nicely and holds it’s own in any era. Great film! I give this movie a solid 8 out of 10.
A deep and stirring thriller.
Well-done big screen adaptation of the Stephen King novel is one of the most acclaimed King-based films ever, and rightfully so.
School teacher awakens from a five year coma to discover that he has the power to see into a person’s past or future trauma by merely touching them.
The story that drives this solid thriller is a well-rounded and often moving character study. It’s a compelling tale with some great sequences of suspense and the occasional good jolt. Director David Cronenberg delivers splendidly well-shot sequences in this film, as well as a nice atmospheric kind of bleakness that’s completely in tune with our story. The music score is also quite beautiful.
The cast is the best highlight however. Star Christopher Walken does perhaps one of his best performances as our tormented hero, whom we build quite a bond with. Brook Adams is quite good as Walken’s lost love. Martin Sheen is impressive as a sinister politician. Tom Skerritt and Colleen Dewhurst are also good in their small roles.
All around The Dead Zone is a wonderful film, even if you’re not a fan of Stephen King.
Remade as a TV series in 2002
*** 1/2 out of ****
Relatively gore-free but very well-made Stehen King adaptation.
One of the unwritten laws of the movies is that Stephen King books are nearly always disappointing when transferred to the big screen. One film which doesn’t fit that rule is The Dead Zone. In the hands of David Cronenberg, you may expect this to be a gore-filled affair, but it is actually a very well-made, subtle film which emphasises the psychological sense of fear rather than settling for blood-spattered mayhem. There isn’t a moment in the film that will make you jump out of your seat, but it is still an effectively scary film because it plays on your mind.
Normal, down-to-earth everyman Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) is involved in a terrible car crash which leaves him comatose. Four years later, he miraculously awakens. To begin with, he is devastated to learn that his girlfriend has moved on, marrying and starting a family with another man. But soon he realises that this is the least of his problems. He soon discovers that the accident has left him with remarkable powers, which enable him to see into people’s futures just by touching their hand. And Johnny is in for one hell of a nasty shock when he shakes hands with potential senator Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) at a political rally….
An intelligently paced and very well-acted film, The Dead Zone is also full of unpredictable plot developments. Walken elicits great sympathy as the normal guy who rapidly learns that his new gift is actually a curse, and there are fabulous supporting performances from Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Brooke Adams and the terrifying Martin Sheen. The film has several tremendous moments, but the climax in particular builds to an emotional crescendo. The premise of The Dead Zone is probably rather silly if you stop to think about it, but other than that it is a most impressive film – and still ranks as one of, if not THE, best adaptation of a Stephen King story so far.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Genre Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director David Cronenberg
Writer Stephen King, Jeffrey Boam
Actors Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt
Country United States, Canada
Awards 7 wins & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory Medallion Film Laboratories, Toronto, Canada (processing), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,754 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm