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Twilight Zone: The Movie
Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 movie produced by Steven Spielberg as a theatrical version of The Twilight Zone, a long-running early TV series. It starred Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow and others. The film remade three classic episodes and included one original story. The making of the movie, however, had its tragic consequences. During the filming of a segment directed by John Landis, actor Vic Morrow and child actors Myca Dinh Le (aged 7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (aged 6) died in an accident involving a helicopter, which led to legal action against the filmmakers that lasted nearly a decade, and changes to regulations involving children working on movie sets at night and during special effects-heavy scenes. As a result of the tragedy, one second assistant director had his name removed from the credits and replaced with the pseudonymous Alan Smithee, and the film became a box-office failure. Another unfortunate result of this tragedy was the end of the friendship between director Landis and producer Spielberg.
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