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Amazing Stories (TV Series)

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Original title
Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories
Running time
25 min.
United States United States
Bob Gale, Todd Holland, Richard Matheson, Menno Meyjes. Idea: Steven Spielberg, Joshua Brand, John Falsey
Theme: John Williams
Vincent A. Martinelli, Charles Minsky, Robert M. Stevens
Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures Television. Broadcast by: NBC
TV Series. Fantasy. Sci-Fi. Horror. Thriller | Supernatural. Anthology Series
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Amazing Stories
TV Series (1985-1987). 2 Seasons. 45 Episodes. Television series created, produced, and twice directed by Steven Spielberg. Truly amazing, and sometimes odd stories are narrated. Many famous actors and actresses made guest appearances. Steven Spielberg's mid-'80s foray into television, Steven Spielberg Presents Amazing Stories, was based loosely on a pulpy sci-fi magazine from the '40s and '50s--much as his rollicking hit Raiders of the Lost Ark had been based on movie action serials of the same era. Yet despite the retro concept, Amazing Stories brought high gloss and state-of-the-art production values to their yarns of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The boxed set of the first season (which debuted in 1985), contains all 24 episodes, as well as more than 20 minutes of deleted footage. Spielberg himself was very hands-on in the series, and directed many episodes and wrote most, and some themes from his later films show up here. In The Mission, a special hourlong episode (most are half an hour), stars Kevin Costner and Kiefer Sutherland play World War II bombers whose plane is hit during a routine mission, and who face a dire choice, with one young colleague's life hanging in the balance. Spielberg's visceral direction of the wartime violence, camaraderie, and anxiety is pitch-perfect, and presages some of the most moving moments in Saving Private Ryan. Part of the fun of this collection is seeing the stars and guest directors Spielberg cajoled into service, including Martin Scorsese, Sam Waterston (with a head of bushy '80s hair), Tim Robbins, Clint Eastwood, Harvey Keitel, and John Lithgow. The storytelling is crackerjack, and the trip down TV memory lane priceless. --A.T. Hurley (from
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