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* LogoJoke: The film was a co-production of Creator/WarnerBros & {{Creator/Universal}}, and both their logos (WB in the US, Universal internationally) are seen emerging from a tornado at the start of the film.


* {{Tagline}}: Originally it was going to be "It Sucks", but the potential for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin critical snark off the line]] made them change it to the less-catchy "The Dark Side Of Nature". The potential for ReviewIronicEcho wasn't entirely avoided, though, since they left in some lines describing "the Suck Zone," which [[SnarkBait several reviewers had fun with.]]

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* {{Tagline}}: Originally it was going to be "It Sucks", but the potential for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin critical snark off the line]] made them change it to the less-catchy "The Dark Side Of Nature". The potential for ReviewIronicEcho wasn't entirely avoided, though, since they left in some lines describing "the Suck Zone," which [[SnarkBait several reviewers had fun with.]]


* SceneryGorn: Wakita is an especially haunting case of this. The aftermath of the F5 at the end also qualifies.

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* SceneryGorn: Wakita is an especially haunting case of this. The aftermath of the F5 at the end also qualifies.qualifies, particularly the ground scouring left by the tornado's track.


** Also averted during the scene where the F5 tornado is chasing Bill and Jo. Without the wedge actually touching them, fence posts are being ripped off and flung towards the two as they make their way through the barn.

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** Also averted during the scene where the F5 tornado is chasing Bill and Jo. Without the wedge actually touching them, sections of wooden fence posts are being ripped off and flung towards the two as they make their way through the barn.


* DownOnTheFarm: The events of the movie mostly take place in a rural area.

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** Also averted during the scene where the F5 tornado is chasing Bill and Jo. Without the wedge actually touching them, fence posts are being ripped off and flung towards the two as they make their way through the barn.
* DownOnTheFarm: The events of the movie mostly take place in a rural area.

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* CommanderContrarian: One of Jonas' greatest character flaws is that he absolutely refuses to follow any recommendations from anybody else. It becomes a literal FatalFlaw when he refuses to follow Jo's and Bill's pleas to get the hell away from the F-5 (because that would mean give Jo a chance of "winning") and the tornado kills him.

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* PlagiarismInFiction: One of the many things that settle Jonas' position as the film's HateSink is the fact that he stole Bill's "Dorothy" project and copied it near-perfectly (except for some additional gizmos because corporate funding/shilling) as "[[FunWithAcronyms D.O.T.]]" (guy couldn't even think of a different name). When Bill, quite understandably, confronts him about his theft, Jonas just gloats that (at the time) Dorothy was an "unrealized" idea, which in his book meant it was okay to steal it.


* TheWatson: Bill's fiancé Melissa has no specialized knowledge about tornadoes, so she is a natural source of questions about them that Jo's tornado search team can answer to educate her as well as the audience.

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* TheWatson: Bill's fiancé Melissa has no specialized knowledge about tornadoes, so she is a natural source of questions about them that Jo's tornado search chaser team can answer to educate her as well as the audience.

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* TheWatson: Bill's fiancé Melissa has no specialized knowledge about tornadoes, so she is a natural source of questions about them that Jo's tornado search team can answer to educate her as well as the audience.


** While charging directly at a Tornado was something that storm chasers in the 1990's did ''not'' do, Dorothy is actually based off of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOtable_Tornado_Observatory a real NOAA Experiment]] called the '''TO'''table '''T'''ornado '''O'''bservatory (TOTO), which more or less operated on the same principles: drive to where a Tornado was hopefully going to be, drop the payload and get the hell out. Unfortunately, despite several deployments in the 1980's, TOTO never successfully intercepted a Tornado.[[note]]Ironically TOTO failed for the exact same reason Dorothy had problems in the movie: the instrument pack wasn't properly weighted to withstand high wind gusts. Consequently, the closest it came to a successful intercept was when it was sideswiped by a relatively weak Tornado and blown over.[[/note]]
** Several times in the movie the team explicitly mentions the Fujita rating of the Tornado while chasing it and prior to the climax Dusty says that NSSL is "predicting an F5." While Fujita ratings are ''never'' given in advance (as both the old and new systems are based on the ''damage'' the Tornado incurs after the fact), the Storm Prediction Center will occasionally issue a PDS[[note]]Particularly Dangerous Situation[[/note]] Tornado Watch, which is an indication that a very strong Tornado ([=EF3=] or higher) and/or Tornado outbreak is being forecast.

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** While charging directly at a Tornado tornado was something that storm chasers in the 1990's did ''not'' do, Dorothy is actually based off of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOtable_Tornado_Observatory a real NOAA Experiment]] called the '''TO'''table '''T'''ornado '''O'''bservatory (TOTO), which more or less operated on the same principles: drive to where a Tornado tornado was hopefully going to be, drop the payload and get the hell out. Unfortunately, despite several deployments in the 1980's, TOTO never successfully intercepted a Tornado.tornado.[[note]]Ironically TOTO failed for the exact same reason Dorothy had problems in the movie: the instrument pack wasn't properly weighted to withstand high wind gusts. Consequently, the closest it came to a successful intercept was when it was sideswiped by a relatively weak Tornado tornado and blown over.[[/note]]
** Several times in the movie the team explicitly mentions the Fujita rating of the Tornado tornado while chasing it and prior to the climax Dusty says that NSSL is "predicting an F5." While Fujita ratings are ''never'' given in advance (as both the old and new systems are based on the ''damage'' the Tornado tornado incurs after the fact), the Storm Prediction Center will occasionally issue a PDS[[note]]Particularly Dangerous Situation[[/note]] Tornado Watch, which is an indication that a very strong Tornado tornado ([=EF3=] or higher) and/or Tornado tornado outbreak is being forecast.



* TruthInTelevision: Jo says the main reason for Tornado research is to develop better forecasting methods to provide an advance warning system, specifically wanting to increase the lead-in time[[note]]The time between the Tornado warning being issued and the Tornado arriving[[/note]] from 3 minutes to 15 minutes. This was a ''big'' problem at the time the film came out: methods for predicting Tornadoes were sketchy at best and often Tornado warnings weren't issued until after a Tornado was already on the ground and the average lead-in time ''was'' 3 minutes[[note]]And in some cases, like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Barneveld_tornado_outbreak#The_Barneveld_Tornado the F5 that hit Barneveld, Wisconsin in 1984]], the warning wasn't issued until ''after'' the Tornado had already flattened the town[[/note]]. However, thanks to more sophisticated research done throughout the 1990's and 2000's (such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VORTEX_projects Project VORTEX]]), by the 2010's the lead-in time had increased to 15 minutes and in some cases could be as high as 30.

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* TruthInTelevision: Jo says the main reason for Tornado tornado research is to develop better forecasting methods to provide an advance warning system, specifically wanting to increase the lead-in time[[note]]The time between the Tornado tornado warning being issued and the Tornado tornado arriving[[/note]] from 3 minutes to 15 minutes. This was a ''big'' problem at the time the film came out: methods for predicting Tornadoes tornadoes were sketchy at best and often Tornado tornado warnings weren't issued until after a Tornado tornado was already on the ground and the average lead-in time ''was'' 3 minutes[[note]]And in some cases, like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Barneveld_tornado_outbreak#The_Barneveld_Tornado the F5 that hit Barneveld, Wisconsin in 1984]], the warning wasn't issued until ''after'' the Tornado tornado had already flattened the town[[/note]]. However, thanks to more sophisticated research done throughout the 1990's and 2000's (such as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VORTEX_projects Project VORTEX]]), by the 2010's the lead-in time had increased to 15 minutes and in some cases could be as high as 30.


Not to be confused with the [[BoardGame party game]] or the [[SimilarlyNamedWorks other film]] from 1989 with the same name, which happens to be a comedy.

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Not to be confused with the [[BoardGame party game]] game]], [[{{Literature/Twister}} novel]], or the [[SimilarlyNamedWorks other film]] from 1989 with the same name, which happens to be a comedy.


** Dodge Ram -- when you absolutely, positively have to drive into a tornado. Paid off when sales of the Ram pickup [[TheRedStapler increased drastically after the film's release.]]

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** Dodge Ram -- when you absolutely, positively have to drive into a tornado. Paid off when sales of the Ram pickup [[TheRedStapler increased drastically after the film's release.]]release,]] and Chrysler eventually spun off the Ram as a separate brand.


** There is a drive-in theatre which shows ''Film/TheShining''. Some of its most memorable scenes are shown.

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** There is a drive-in theatre which shows ''Film/TheShining''. Some of its most memorable scenes are shown. [[spoiler: The screen flies away and the film is projected on the funnel just as Jack Nicholson says “Here’s Johnny!”]]


* TheAllegedCar: Every one of the vehicles Jo's team drives. The [[CoolCar red Dodge Ram 2500]] [[spoiler:and ultimately sacrificed to deliver Dorothy-III into an F-5 tornado]] was originally Bill's, and appropriated via GilliganCut.

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* TheAllegedCar: Every one of the vehicles Jo's team drives. [[note]]Jo’s Jeep Gladiator pickup, Preacher’s Ford LTD station wagon, Dusty’s GMC school bus, Joey and Lawrence’s Chevy K10 pickup, Beltzer and Haynes’ Chevy Van, Rabbit and Sanders’ Ford F-150[[/note]] The [[CoolCar red Dodge Ram 2500]] [[spoiler:and ultimately sacrificed to deliver Dorothy-III into an F-5 tornado]] was originally Bill's, and appropriated via GilliganCut.GilliganCut. Compare this to Jonas’ team, who have a fleet of black Dodge Caravans.

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