It (1990)
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Part 1 

Seven outcast children band together to destroy a shapeshifting clown killing children in their town.

Director:

Tommy Lee Wallace

Writers:

Lawrence D. Cohen (teleplay by), Tommy Lee Wallace (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Anderson ... Richie Tozier
Dennis Christopher ... Eddie Kaspbrak
Richard Masur ... Stanley Uris
Annette O'Toole ... Beverly Marsh
Tim Reid ... Mike Hanlon
John Ritter ... Ben Hanscom
Richard Thomas ... Bill Denbrough
Tim Curry ... Pennywise
Jonathan Brandis ... Bill Denbrough - Age 12
Brandon Crane ... Ben Hanscom - Age 12
Adam Faraizl Adam Faraizl ... Eddie Kaspbrak - Age 12
Seth Green ... Richie Tozier - Age 12
Ben Heller ... Stanley Uris - Age 12
Emily Perkins ... Beverly Marsh - Age 12
Marlon Taylor Marlon Taylor ... Mike Hanlon - Age 12
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Seven outcast children band together to destroy a shapeshifting clown killing children in their town.

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18 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The bird Stan spots before entering the abandoned house is a "Northern Cardinal". See more »

Goofs

When Mike gets the phone call saying that Stan has committed suicide, Bev stands up twice from the desk she was sitting on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pennywise: Hi.
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Connections

Features 77 Sunset Strip (1958) See more »

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Effective Start for the Now Legendary Film
14 September 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

It Part 1 (1990)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Part one of this two-part series starts off with an introduction to Pennywise (Tim Curry), an evil clown who lives in the sewers. We're then introduced to six adults who get a phone call saying that It is back. Then, via flashbacks, we see what that person's experience was with the clown leading up to the kids trying to kill it.

It seems like this film became a legendary event leading up to its first showing and throughout the years its legend has grown. Everyone knows the look of It and the film has sent many people into downright terror. What's most overlooked is the fact that the film itself is quite good and certainly worth watching.

What I enjoyed so much in this first part is the fact that the story balances quite well as we're introduced to the adult and then we see their memory of the clown and how they first encountered it. DIrector Tommy Lee Wallace has an almost Robert Altman like approach to the material and the film never loses you as the layout is quite good even with it bounces back and forth between stories.

Another major plus is that the performances are excellent. Without such excellent performances you might have a hard time buying into the material but that's never the case. The adult actors perfectly show you the fear that they have towards this clown and that perfectly sets you up for the horror that follows with the children. There's really not a weak performance to be found here and that includes Curry in the role of Pennywise.

The film certainly manages to work as a horror film and there are some effective and creepy moments throughout this first part. What I also enjoyed is the relationship between the kids and how they formed this bond that would allow them to go up against this evil force. There's a certain STAND BY ME approach to their relationship and it works very well.


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