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Stephen King's It

  • 1990
  • 192min
  • 5.5%
  • 6.9 / 10

The It mini-series spans 3 decades. In the first part of the mini-series, we are introduced to The Losers Club, or The Lucky Seven. They are a group of children who fall victim to the terror of Pennywise the Clown. To save the other children of the town of Derry, the group heads to Pennywise's to challenge him. With their combined might, they drive the killer clown into hibernation. Thirty years after the events in Derry, It resurfaces and assaults some children. The original Losers Club return to Derry, still menaced by Pennywise, to finish what they were unable to do back when they were children.

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Adaptations to screen aren't always perfect. Because of creative free licenses, filmmakers, script writers, even actors may adjust the source material and adapt it in order to effectively express a scene, a situation. Or it might be due to some elements from the source material unable to be shown on film or television. This is the case between It, the novel, and its adaptation as a mini-series. Stephen King's novel boasts 1,138 pages while the mini-series ran for three hours. The main difference is the explicit violence that is present in the book but it did not feature prominently in the mini-series. They replaced graphically-intended scenes in the novel with radically sanitized scenes in the mini-series. This is to appease the ratings and standards because the adaptation was released on cable network ABC.


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It, from Stephen King's It novel, is a mini series that aired during November 18 and 20, 1990. It is a supernatural thriller and horror directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. The adaptation came from Lawrence D. Cohen. The protagonist group featured Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid and Richard Masur. Tim Curry played the famous and terrifying Pennywise the Clown. It was one of his most stellar screen performance. For a great work on the soundtrack, composer Richard Bellis was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a mini-series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore).