The Dead Zone

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Brief Synopsis: "Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him. Unfortunately, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, he is involved in a wreck with an 18-wheeler and is in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes up from it, he discovers he has an ability to see into other people's lives, past, present and future, by coming into physical contact."

Overall Ranking: 1633 (Rank from 1983: # 10)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 25%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 25%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi88
Minnesota Man80(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman80 - Aided by a great performance from Christopher Walken, David Cronenberg makes the material his own.
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Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes29(full review)

People Involved

  • Christopher Walken (Johnny Smith)
  • Brooke Adams (Sarah Bracknell)
  • Tom Skerritt (Sheriff George Bannerman)
  • Martin Sheen (Greg Stillson)
  • Herbert Lom (Dr. Sam Weizak)
  • Anthony Zerbe (Roger Stuart)
  • Colleen Dewhurst (Henrietta Dodd)
  • Nicholas Campbell (Frank Dodd)
  • William B. Davis (Ambulance Driver)
  • Ramón Estévez (Teenage Boy with Camera)
  • Sean Sullivan (Herb Smith)
  • Jackie Burroughs (Vera Smith)
  • Géza Kovács (Sonny Elliman)
  • Roberta Weiss (Alma Frechette)
  • Peter Dvorsky (Dardis)
  • Barry Flatman (Walt)
  • Cindy Hinds (Natalie)
  • Helene Udy (Weizaks Mother)
  • David Rigby (Truck Driver)
  • David Cronenberg (Director)