I recently saw the TV mini-series "The Stand" on the 2-DVD set. Excellent tele-film!
I had read the Stephen King novel in the late 1980's, and thought it was amazing - definitely SK's best book, and the post-apocalyptic/horror elements were very strong here. I liked the book so much that I held off on watching the mini-series until recently, since I felt it couldn't hold a candle to the book.
And, yes, the mini-series wasn't as good as the book - but it was still decent. Pretty good production quality, for a '90's TV film.
I did like how they kept a lot of elements from the book intact, i.e.:
-Having Nick Andros (played by Rob Lowe) be a deaf-mute.
-Having the Molly Ringwald character be pregnant (by an ex-bf) before the plague began; this culminates in the birth of the baby at the end.
- Keeping the storyline of having the two separate & distinct "groups" of survivors drawn to either the "good", i.e. Mother Abigail - or the "evil" - Randall Flagg, AKA "The Dark Man".
Also, though this is definitely a '90's-era TV movie, it still retains some '80's elements - notably the inclusion of Molly Ringwald & Rob Lowe - who were big teen stars in the '80's.
The soundtrack was also amazing, and included: "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult, the '80's hit "Don't Dream it's Over" by Crowded House; ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man", and "Eve of Destruction" (that the Larry Underwood character is singing). Great songs, that really fit the scenes they're placed over in the film.
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Not seen The Stand before Nostalgic but the cast and soundtrack sound good so I would certainly like to give it a watch at some point!
Have watched Kings 90s TV adaption of the Tommy Knockers but my memory of it is too vague to give an honest assessment though I think I remember enjoying it a fair bit!
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