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Final Destination

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Wong
Produced by Glen Morgan
Chris Bender
Written by James Wong
Glen Morgan
Jeffrey Reddick
Starring Devon Sawa
Ali Larter
Kerr Smith
Kristen Cloke
Seann William Scott
Music by Shirley Walker
Cinematography Robert McLachlan
Editing by James Coblentz
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) March 17, 2000
Running time 98 min.
Country United States
Language English
French
Budget $23 million
Gross revenue $112,880,294
Followed by Final Destination 2 (2003)
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Allmovie profile
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Final Destination is a 2000 horror film about a group of teenagers who 'cheat death' by avoiding a plane crash when one has a premonition of their deaths, but soon after, they begin dying one by one in mysterious freak accidents.[1] The script was originally written by Jeffrey Reddick as a spec script for the X-Files. (Director James Wong worked as a writer, producer and director on that series.) The story has some interesting similarities with an episode of The Twilight Zone titled "Twenty-Two". The film is distributed by New Line Cinema. The DVD was released on September 26, 2000.[2] The film was the first in the Final Destination series, and was followed by Final Destination 2 in 2003 and by Final Destination 3 in 2006. Another sequel to this film is to be produced, Final Destination 4 (3-D), the film will be directed by David R. Ellis (Final Destination 2). Final Destination movie poster. ... This article is about the writer/producer James Wong. ... Glen Morgan is an American television producer, writer and director, best known for his work on The X-Files, Millennium, Space: Above and Beyond, Willard (2003 film), and The One (film) He is often credited along with long-time writing partner, James Wong. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... This article is about the writer/producer James Wong. ... Glen Morgan is an American television producer, writer and director, best known for his work on The X-Files, Millennium, Space: Above and Beyond, Willard (2003 film), and The One (film) He is often credited along with long-time writing partner, James Wong. ... Jeffrey Reddick (born Jackson, Kentucky) is an American screenwriter. ... Devon Edward Sawa (born September 7, 1978) is a Saturn Award-winning Canadian actor. ... Alison Elizabeth Ali Larter (born February 28, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model best known for her screen roles aimed at teenage audiences. ... Kerr Van Cleve Smith (born March 9, 1972) is an American actor best known for playing the gay high school student Jack McPhee on the television drama Dawsons Creek. ... Kristen Cloke (born September 2, 1969) Biography She attended California State University, Northridge. ... Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ... Shirley Walker (April 10, 1945 - November 30, 2006) is a well-respected and renowned American film composer. ... Robert McLachlan (born April 17, 1971, Leeton, New South Wales) is a professional road bicycle racer from Australia. ... James Coblentz is a film editor most recognised for his work on the television series The X-Files. ... New Line redirects here. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Final Destination 2 is a 2003 horror film, and sequel to the 2000 hit Final Destination. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Jeffrey Reddick (born Jackson, Kentucky) is an American screenwriter. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... X-Files intro from first 8 seasons The X-Files was a popular 1990s American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. ... This article is about the writer/producer James Wong. ... The Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. ... 22 (twenty-two) is the natural number following 21 and preceding 23. ... New Line redirects here. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Final Destination series is the series of horror films created by James Wong and Glen Morgan, beginning in 2000, based on an unused X-Files script, also created by James Wong from his work with Chris Carter and distributed by New Line Cinema. ... Final Destination 2 is a 2003 horror film, and sequel to the 2000 hit Final Destination. ... Final Destination 3 is a 2006 supernatural thriller, and the third film in the Final Destination series. ... David Richard Ellis (born September 8, 1952) is an American film director and a former stuntman and actor. ...


Final Destination takes place on Long Island.[3] Locations such as Jones Beach and John F. Kennedy International Airport are shown. Nassau County is mentioned. However, Vancouver International Airport stood in for JFK.[4]. This article is about the island in New York State. ... Wantagh Parkway approach to Jones Beach. ... For the regional airport in Wisconsin, see John F. Kennedy Memorial Airport. ... Theodore Roosevelt home at Sagamore Hill Nassau County is a suburban county in the New York Metropolitan Area east of New York City in the U.S. state of New York. ... Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR, ICAO: CYVR) is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 15 kilometres from downtown Vancouver. ...

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Plot

Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) and his class are going on a trip to Paris. Just before the plane takes off, he has a vision that the plane he is on is going to explode, killing everyone on board. He then starts a commotion trying to make everyone get off the plane. Due to this, a scuffle breaks out between Alex and classmates Carter (Kerr Smith) and Billy (Seann William Scott) , causing him and six others to get thrown off the flight. Shortly after take off, the plane explodes, like in his premonition. Devon Edward Sawa (born September 7, 1978) is a Saturn Award-winning Canadian actor. ... Kerr Van Cleve Smith (born March 9, 1972) is an American actor best known for playing the gay high school student Jack McPhee on the television drama Dawsons Creek. ... Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ...


Afterwards, the survivors of the crash start to die mysteriously. Alex soon realizes that they cheated death, and death has come back to kill them. His only choice is to team up with the other survivors as they try to cheat death. First dies his best friend, Tod (Chad E. Donella), after Death strangles him. He talks to Clear (Ali Larter), another survivor, outside a coffee shop about how they cheated death when Carter and his girlfriend, Terry (Amanda Detmer), arrive. When Mrs. Lewton comes out of the shop and confirms that she is moving out of town, Carter blames Alex for it and picks a fight with him. Terry gets fed up with Carter's behavior and tells him to get over the crash and if he can't, he can "drop fucking dead", while standing in the middle of the street. She is cut short when she is hit by a bus and killed, and blood sprays all over Alex's face. Chad Donella as Tod Waggner in Final Destination. ... Clear Rivers in Final Destination Clear Rivers is one of the main characters in the film Final Destination and its sequel Final Destination 2. ... Alison Elizabeth Ali Larter (born February 28, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model best known for her screen roles aimed at teenage audiences. ... Spoiler warning: Amanda Jeannette Detmer (born September 27, 1971 in Contra Costa County, California) is an American actress who made her big screen debut playing Miss Minneapolis in the beauty pageant-set comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. ...


Alex heads home and tries to figure out Death's pattern. He realizes that they are dying in the order they would have on board Flight 180. Using a seat chart of the plane, he figures that Mrs. Lewton is next. However, he is unable to save her and Mrs. Lewton is promptly killed after being stabbed and burned. The house explodes due to the gas being turned on and Alex runs out of the house just in time. Billy Hitchcock witnesses this as he is riding his bike. The FBI arrive and find Alex's footprints in Mrs. Lewton's blood and fingerprints on the knife that stabbed her; Billy too testifies against him. The officials go to Clear and ask her about Alex's whereabouts. She throws them off-track by meeting Carter and Billy (instead of Alex, as the official had hoped), and they search and find Alex. After he (as good as) tells that Carter is next on Death's list, Carter goes insane (possibly from reminiscing Terry's death) and parks in the middle of a train track. With the train bearing down, Alex, Clear and Billy manage to escape the car. Alex convinces Carter to get out, however when he tries to, Death locks the car. Alex realizes that Carter is next, according to the seating plan of the survivors on the plane. He still tries to save him and eventually does just before the train collides with the car. As the group ponder who is next to die, Billy starts to panic and asks Carter to "stay away". As he turns around, a piece of metal from Carter's destroyed car is flicked by the train and decapitates him.


Alex realizes that because he had prevented Carter's death, it skipped him and went on to the next person on the list, Billy. According to the seat map, Alex would be after Billy making him next on the list. He then secludes himself from anyone, barricading a cabin to protect him from Death. It isn't until later, while he is making a fire, he notices an error. He remembers the two girls who asked him to move so they can sit together. If he'd moved, he would've been sitting next to Tod, making him sixth to die. But since he didn't move, that placed his seat behind Clear and after her on the list.


Clear arrives back at her house and that's when Death starts trying to kill her. Alex arrives and realizes that if he dies instead of Clear, that will ruin Death's design again. That way, Clear and Carter can survive instead of all of them dying. He then grabs the wire and gets electrocuted but still survives.


Six months later, Alex, Clear, and Carter are in Paris. They take a moment to remember all those who died of Death's actions. Alex still can't get out of his mind why Death didn't kill any of them. He tells the other two about this and that he didn't die when he pulled the burning wire from Clear's car and that no one saved him. Clear requests a change of subject as Carter declares that he is "still the safest fucker in the world" because he will only die after Alex. As Alex continues to ponder about this, he notices several signs of Death nearby. He tries to leave, in order to protect Carter and Clear.


As he is walking across the road, a bus appears but Clear calls out his name and he avoids getting killed. The bus then rams into a lamp-post which causes a billboard to swing free at Alex, but Carter saves him in the nick of time. Alex realizes Death had come back for them as he was supposed to die right then, but Carter intervened. He reveals this to Carter and Carter asks who's next. As he asks this question, the detached billboard swings back towards him, killing him instantly as the credits begins.


Cast and characters

  • Devon Sawa as Alexander Chance "Alex" Browning: Alex is a student and the main character. He has a premonition that Flight 180 will explode. Making a scene before take-off, he and six other people get off the plane and witness the disaster. He would have been the last person to die on the plane.
  • Ali Larter as Clear Rivers: Clear is a fellow student of Alex's. She feels a connection with Alex and believes his frantic assertions that the plane will explode. She is not thrown off the airplane like the other students, but exits of her own volition. At first, she does not believe the concept of Death's design, but eventually does. She would have been the sixth person to die on the plane (although presumed to be last to die throughout most of the film).
  • Kerr Smith as Carter Horton: Carter is an athlete who deeply resents Alex. He gets kicked off the plane for fighting with Alex after Alex causes a commotion about how the aircraft is going to explode. (We are also led to believe Alex and Carter were not friendly even before Flight 180.) He later accuses Alex of being behind the crash. He would have been the fourth person to die on the plane.
  • Kristen Cloke as Ms. Valerie Lewton: Ms. Lewton is one of the teachers supervising the trip to Paris. When Alex and Carter fight on the plane, she and another teacher get off to settle the two students. Finding out that Alex, Carter, and Billy got kicked off the plane, Ms. Lewton tells the other teacher to go back while she stays behind and catches a later flight. When Flight 180 explodes, she becomes very depressed and makes plans to move out of town, feeling she sent the other teacher to his death. She would have been the third person to die.
  • Seann William Scott as William "Billy" Hitchcock: On Flight 180, Billy is lucky enough to get caught in the middle of Carter's and Alex's fight and gets kicked off with them. He is the jokester of the group. He would have been the fifth person to die on the plane.
  • Chad Donella as Tod Waggner: Alex's best friend. When Alex gets off the plane, Tod's brother, George, tells him to accompany Alex. George dies on the plane, and Tod's father blames Alex for the crash. As a result of this, Tod's friendship with Alex is strained. He would have been the first person to die on the plane.
  • Amanda Detmer as Terry Chaney: Terry is Carter's girlfriend. After trying to break up the fight between Alex and Carter, she follows Carter off the plane. Sick of Carter's antagonism towards Alex, she is on the verge of breaking up with him. She would have been the second person to die on the plane.

Devon Edward Sawa (born September 7, 1978) is a Saturn Award-winning Canadian actor. ... For the 2004 Japanese film, see Premonition (2004 film). ... Alison Elizabeth Ali Larter (born February 28, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model best known for her screen roles aimed at teenage audiences. ... Kerr Van Cleve Smith (born March 9, 1972) is an American actor best known for playing the gay high school student Jack McPhee on the television drama Dawsons Creek. ... Kristen Cloke (born September 2, 1969) Biography She attended California State University, Northridge. ... Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ... Chad Donella as Tod Waggner in Final Destination. ... Spoiler warning: Amanda Jeannette Detmer (born September 27, 1971 in Contra Costa County, California) is an American actress who made her big screen debut playing Miss Minneapolis in the beauty pageant-set comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. ...

Cultural References

Most of the characters in the movie have part of their names taken from horror/suspense movie directors or actors.

Billy Hitchcock - Taken from director Alfred Hitchcock.
Terry Chaney - Taken from actor Lon Chaney, Jr..
Tod Waggner - Taken from director George Waggner and director Tod Browning.
Alex Browning - Taken from director Tod Browning.
Ms. Valerie Lewton - Taken from director Val Lewton.

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Lon Chaney, Jr. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Charles Albert Browning, Jr. ... Charles Albert Browning, Jr. ... Val Lewton Vladimir Ivan Leventon (7 May, 1904-14 March, 1951) was an American screenwriter and producer who was born in what is now Yalta, Ukraine. ...

Alternate ending

The scene on the beach where Clear tells Alex about her family's past was extended. Clear was telling Alex how they must take action and do something big while they still had the time. Clear and Alex ended up having sex and Clear later becomes pregnant (the scene where she finds out was deleted.) When Clear is next on Death's list, Alex saves her from the exploding car, but sacrifices himself to do so and dies. Nine months later, Clear gives birth to a baby boy (which she names Alex) and by doing that, she ruined Death's design because Clear creating life was not meant to be. She and Carter became close friends and they visit the Flight 180 memorial. Clear states that even though they defeated Death this one time, they only won a chance at a full life, because for everyone, there is always that one day. A falling leaf drops and the credits roll. Final Destination 2 is a 2003 horror film, and sequel to the 2000 hit Final Destination. ...


Influence on sequel

The concept of new life defeating death was incorporated into the storyline of Final Destination 2. Final Destination 2 is a 2003 horror film, and sequel to the 2000 hit Final Destination. ...


Rating

Final Destination received an R rating in the United States for violence and terror, and for language. In the United Kingdom, it received a 15 rating. In Ireland, it received an 18 for violence, horror, and language.[5] The Motion Picture Association of Americas film-rating system is used in the U.S and its territories to rate a films thematic and content suitability for certain audiences. ...


See also

The Final Destination series is the series of horror films created by James Wong and Glen Morgan, beginning in 2000, based on an unused X-Files script, also created by James Wong from his work with Chris Carter and distributed by New Line Cinema. ... Final Destination 2 is a 2003 horror film, and sequel to the 2000 hit Final Destination. ... Final Destination 3 is a 2006 supernatural thriller, and the third film in the Final Destination series. ... New Line redirects here. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation). ...

References

  1. ^ basic plot summary
  2. ^ release date of film
  3. ^ general location
  4. ^ Vancouver for JFK
  5. ^ rating of the film, 4 stars

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Final Destination is also the name of a stage in the video game Super Smash Bros. Melee.
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Final Destination's DVD was released on September 26th, 2000.
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Kimberly would have died along with her mother in a shoot-out robbery, but she was caught up in watching a news special on how a teenager "committed suicide" (this is Tod's death in the first Final Destination).
Clear was fated to be the second to last person to die in the original Final Destination (after Billy and before Alex).
Since Clear is alive in Final Destination 2 and Alex is not, it can be assumed that at some point between Final Destination and Final Destination 2 that Alex intervened in a planned death for Clear, making Alex the one to die.
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