Storie incredibili

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Storie incredibili (Amazing Stories) è una serie televisiva statunitense di genere fantastico, trasmessa per 2 stagioni dalla NBC, dal 1985 al 1987.Ideata e curata da Steven Spielberg (che diresse anche un paio di episodi, tra cui il primo), la serie è di tipo antologico, in quanto raccoglie episodi a sé stanti (affidati a diversi registi) e senza personaggi fissi, sulla falsariga di serie classiche quali Ai confini della realtà e Alfred Hitchcock presenta di cui cercava di rinverdire i fasti[1]. Tuttavia, nonostante le regie affidate a illustri cineasti hollywoodiani (tra cui, oltre a Spielberg, Martin Scorsese e Clint Eastwood) e alla presenza di molti attori famosi, la serie non decollò e chiuse dopo solo due stagioni e 45 episodi. Amazing Stories, la storica rivista di fantascienza che ha ispirato il titolo della serieCandidata nelle due stagioni di programmazione a 12 Emmy Award (molti dei quali tecnici, come fotografia, trucchi e suono), ne vinse 5, di cui 4 nell'edizione del 1986. Il sesto episodio della serie L'incredibile Falsworth (The Amazing Falsworth, regia di Peter Hyams) fece vincere allo sceneggiatore Mick Garris un Edgar Award come Miglior episodio dell'anno. Nel 2007 è stata nominata ai Saturn Award nella categoria Best Retro Television Series Release on DVD.Il titolo originale della serie, Amazing Stories, è un esplicito omaggio all'omonima e celeberrima rivista di fantascienza americana [2], di cui Spielberg è sempre stato un estimatore fin da bambino.In alcuni paesi, tra cui gli stessi Stati Uniti, il nome di Spielberg (che era all'apice della notorietà dopo i grandi successi di Lo squalo, E.T. e Indiana Jones) venne spesso associato al titolo ufficiale, divenendo Steven Spielberg Presents Amazing Stories.

Titolo Originale: Amazing Stories
STAGIONI/EPISODI: 2 Stagioni , 45 episodi, conclusa
Attori principali:
Creata da: Steven SpielbergJohn FalseyJoshua Brand
Genere: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Network: NBC

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Stagione 1

1x1 - Il treno fantasma

Trains of ages past are about to crash into the present world of a young boy.

AUTORE: , Frank Deese,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 29-09-1985

1x2 - Un'incontrollabile attrazione

A high school football player is magnetized by a fallen meteorite.

AUTORE: , Brad Bird,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 06-10-1985

1x3 - Combattere ad Alamo

During the fight of the Alamo a young messenger is transported to twentieth century San Antonio.

AUTORE: , John Falsey, Joshua Brand,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 20-10-1985

1x4 - Papà mummia

An actor, Harold, who stars in a mummy film finds himself in serious trouble from frightened people when he leaves the set in full costume to reach his pregnant wife who is about to give birth. Unfortunately, matters become even more complicated when a local mummy, Ra Amin Kamin, comes to life and starts trying to kill Harold. In the end, Harold gets to the hospital in time and Ra Amin Kamin finds himself the new star of the movie...

AUTORE: , Earl Pomerantz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 27-10-1985

1x5 - La missione

During World War II, men in an air force bomber are caught in a no win scenario when their belly gunner (an amateur artist) is trapped in his seat and the plane has no wheels for landing.

AUTORE: , Menno Meyjes,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 03-11-1985

1x6 - Il favoloso Falsworth

A psychic showman realizes that during a performance that someone in the audience wants to commit murder. Frightened, he calls the police, and the detective shows up to investigate.

AUTORE: , Mick Garris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 05-11-1985

1x7 - In perfetta sintonia

Teenager (Andy) is working on a science project to intercept distant television signals but inadvertently tunes into a series of alien broadcasts...aliens who have mimicked old b&w TV shows such as "I Love Lucy." Andy and his friends tune in on a newscast saying three alien explorers are travelling to Earth on an expedition to meet their inspiration. Andy and his friends find the aliens - who easily stand out - and decide to take them on a tour of Hollywood, but the aliens are disappointed to learn that they can't bring anyone (such as Milton Berle) back with them. Finally, Andy digs up some aging vaudeville entertainers from a retirement home who are glad to go back with the aliens and entertain them.

AUTORE: , Earl Pomerantz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 10-11-1985

1x8 - Mr. Magic

A fading illusionist has a last shot at greatness thanks to a deck of magic playing cards.

AUTORE: , John Falsey, Joshua Brand,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 17-11-1985

1x9 - Senso di colpa

The emotion Guilt feels overworked. He takes a vacation cruise and falls for the emotion Love.

AUTORE: , Gail Parent, Kevin Parent,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 01-12-1985

1x10 - Telecomando

A henpecked man finds comfort in a unique television set that bring lifelike images to him.

AUTORE: , Douglas Lloyd McIntosh,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 08-12-1985

1x11 - Una notte incredibile

A little boy helps Santa when the legendary man is thrown in jail while delivering presents.

AUTORE: , John Falsey, Joshua Brand,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 15-12-1985

1x12 - Vanessa

When an artist is devastated by the death of his wife, he finds a way for her to live on in his painting.

AUTORE: , Steven Spielberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 29-12-1985

1x13 - Baby Sitter

Two young boys get the best of every sitter in town, until they meet one who uses voodoo to settle them down.

DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 05-01-1986

1x14 - Su una spiaggia

A GI tries to be a hero during an amphibious assault in Italy during World War II.

DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 12-01-1986

1x15 - Per la strada

During the Depression, several bar patrons hope to get insurance money by tricking a man into signing a policy with the hope that he will drink himself to death.

AUTORE: , James D. Bissell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 19-01-1986

1x16 - Vivere di sogni

On the advice from a mysterious little man, an 18-year-old boy begins to collect rare comics and toys. When he sells them as an old man, he gains wealth and happiness.

AUTORE: , Stu Krieger,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 02-02-1986

1x17 - Boo!

Ghosts in an attic try to get rid of a couple who move into their house.

AUTORE: , Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 16-02-1986

1x18 - Dorothy e Ben

After 40 years in a coma, Ben Dumpfy awakens and discovers that he can communicate with a seven-year-old girl who is in a coma after a bike accident.

AUTORE: , Michael de Guzman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 02-03-1986

1x19 - Lo specchio

A popular horror novelist is terrorized by a strange figure in his bathroom mirror.

GUEST STAR: , Miroir, Miroir,
AUTORE: , Joseph Minion,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 09-03-1986

1x20 - Cinema segreto

A young woman believes that her mother, her fiance, and her psychiatrist are secretly filming her life.

AUTORE: , Paul Bartel,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 06-04-1986

1x21 - Il toupet assassino

A new toupee causes a man to feel an urge to kill the first lawyer he sees.

AUTORE: , Gail Parent, Kevin Parent,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 13-04-1986

1x22 - La bambola

A lonely bachelor is fascinated by a doll he bought for his niece.

AUTORE: , Richard Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 04-05-1986

1x23 - Una vita tra i libri

An elderly custodian suddenly gains incredible knowledge.

AUTORE: , Richard Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 11-05-1986

1x24 - Il fantasma del nonno

A man tries to reconcile his grandmother with the death of his grandpa. The ghost of the old man only appears in the presence of his wife.

AUTORE: , Michael de Guzman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 25-05-1986

Stagione 2

2x1 - L'anello nuziale

A wax museum dresser takes a ring from a statue. The ring transforms his overworked wife into a femme fatale.

AUTORE: , Stu Krieger,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 22-09-1986

2x2 - Miscalculation

A high school student searching for a date accidently spills chemicals on a magazine and conjures up a dog. He tries desperately to create a beautiful woman, but things go terribly wrong.

AUTORE: , Michael McDowell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 29-09-1986

2x3 - Magico sabato

A man temporarily exchanges bodies with his grandson so that he can relive his youth on the baseball field. While the man enjoys his new life, the boy discovers his grandfather's old body is dying.

AUTORE: , Richard Christian Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 06-10-1986

2x4 - Welcome to My Nightmare

A horror movie buff's obsession with the girl next door lands him in a terrifying scene from Psycho.

AUTORE: , Todd Holland,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 13-10-1986

2x5 - Dovete credermi

Awakened by a dream of a plane crashing outside his home, a man tries to convince people of his premonition.

AUTORE: , Stu Krieger,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 20-10-1986

2x6 - Gribble

A housewife has a very real nightmare. She encounters a large creature that has a taste for inanimate objects.

AUTORE: , Mick Garris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 03-11-1986

2x7 - Vita nel braccio della morte

An inmate is struck by lightning. He is given miraculous healing powers that spark a last-minute attempt to save him from the electric chair.

AUTORE: , Rockne S. O'Bannon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 10-11-1986

2x8 - Il capo della classe

A teacher's bizarre discipline causes two students to seek revenge with a spell culled from a rock song played backwards. Unfortunately something goes wrong when they cast the spell. When they attempt another spell to fix the problem they accidently remove the head of their teacher.

AUTORE: , Bob Gale, Tom McLoughlin,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 21-11-1986

2x9 - Thanksgiving

Nora and her father Calvin are farmers who are digging a well for water. The two lower a flashlight on a rope down the hole. Suddenly something pulls on the rope. When they pull it up, they see that the flashlight has been replaced with a gold ingot. Calvin goes to town with it while Nora sends down another package to the "hole people" containing ham and a dictionary. When she pulls it back up she receives gold and jewels and a note thanking her, saying the 'ham' was very tasty, and asking for more things. She sends down chicken and gets even more gold. Calvin returns in a tow truck. On a tow cable, he sends down a container filled with flashlights. When he pulls it up, he discovers they have been destroyed. Calvin is upset and decides to go down into the hole. He gets a gun and puts on a gas mask and army suit. He lowers himself down and tells Nora to bring him up after 10 minutes. Nora brings him up but all that comes up is the suit, stuffed with gold and jewelry and coins.

AUTORE: , Pierre R. Debs, Robert C. Fox,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 24-11-1986

2x10 - The Pumpkin Competition

An old spinster who is tired of losing a pumpkin competition recieves special advice from an agricultural professor.

AUTORE: , Peter Z. Orton,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 01-12-1986

2x11 - What If...?

A boy wonders what would happen if his parents did not return from one of their many social events.

AUTORE: , Anne Spielberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 08-12-1986

2x12 - The Eternal Mind

A dying scientist volunteers to be the first person to merge with a computer.

AUTORE: , Gary Stevens, Julie Moskowitz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 29-12-1986

2x13 - Lane Change

Traveling a deserted highway, a woman facing divorce sees her past through the windshield after she picks up a stranded woman.

AUTORE: , Ali Marie Matheson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 12-01-1987

2x14 - Un aiuto prezioso

Two police officers try to break up a supermarket robbery, but the younger officer is killed. A new female partner helps the other officer avenge his friends death. He later discovers that his new partner is the ghost of an officer who died 12 years earlier.

AUTORE: , Daniel Lindley, Jacob Epstein,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 19-01-1987

2x15 - Un sole a 21 pollici

A television writer is given an opportunity to write a sitcom. The source of inspiration for the sitcom comes to the man from his plants.

AUTORE: , Bruce Kirschbaum,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 02-02-1987

2x16 - Qua la zampa Doggie

In an animated episode, the antics of a family are seen through the point of view of the family dog.

AUTORE: , Brad Bird,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 16-02-1987

2x17 - Gershwin's Trunk

A broadway lyricist seeks inspiration by contacting the spirit of Gershwin through a psychic.

AUTORE: , John Meyer, Paul Bartel,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 13-03-1987

2x18 - Such Interesting Neighbors

The Lewise family believes that their new neighbors the Hellenbecks are from outer space. The couple and their only child are strange, and seem to have little or no knowledge of 20th century customs and behaviors. Soon strange things begin happening and a strange heat-seeking device tries to kill the Lewises. The Hellenbecks reveal they are from the future, and came back in time to have a naturally-born child (which is forbidden in their future). Together the two families manage to defeat a killer-android and the Hellenbecks depart rather then endanger their new found friends.

AUTORE: , Tom McLoughlin,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 20-03-1987

2x19 - Senza Diana

A father meets his long lost daughter who appears to him exactly as she appeared forty years ago.

DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 27-03-1987

2x20 - Il giorno di trasloco

A teen learns that his family is bound for a new home: a planet almost a hundred billion miles away.

AUTORE: , Frank Kerr,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 03-04-1987

2x21 - Miss Stardust

A beauty pageant promoter is forced to allow the cream of the alien crop into his self-proclaimed "Miss Galaxy" contest.

DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 10-04-1987