It (1990)

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It (1990)
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Genre: Supernatural horror drama
Photography: Color
Running Time: 192 minutes (original version)
187 minutes (DVD/Blu-ray version)
Country: United States
Release Date: November 18, 1990 (Part 1)
November 20, 1990 (Part 2)
Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
Written by: Lawrence D. Cohen
Tommy Lee Wallace
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Starring: Tim Curry
Harry Anderson
Dennis Christopher
Richard Masur
Annette O'Toole
Tim Reid
John Ritter
Richard Thomas

It (stylized as IT), also known as Stephen King's It, is a 1990 American-Canadian supernatural horror drama miniseries directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen from the Stephen King novel of the same name. It aired on ABC over two nights on November 18 and 20, 1990, and was a major success for the network, attracting 30 million viewers in its premiere. For his work on the miniseries, Richard Bellis received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore).


In 1960, seven preteen outcasts fight an evil demon that poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Why It Rocks

  1. Tim Curry does a great job as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
  2. Speaking of Pennywise, he is not only very scary, he is also pretty hilarious.
  3. The child actors really did a excellent job, just like the late Jonathan Brandis, Emily Perkins and even Seth Green.
  4. Follows faithfully to the source material.
  5. Very intense and scary moments. For example, the picture frame of Georgie is moving and the book is bleeding blood.
  6. Likable and kindful characters, except for the others, especially some of the bullies and the grown ups.
  7. Funny lines, including Pennywise taunting at the heroes. The quote is found in the infobox.
  8. Iconic theme. Listen here.
  9. The makeup for Pennywise is great.
  10. Although there were movies before it such as 1988's Killer Klowns from Outer Space, It was the movie that popularized the idea of a creepy killer clown.

Bad Qualities

  1. The adult actors were slightly terrible or okay at the same time.
  2. Overuse of flash-backs.
  3. The special effects are very cheap, including stop-motion.


As of October 2019, the film has a 61% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews.


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