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Director:
Writers:
John Carpenter (original story and screenplay) and
Dan O'Bannon (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 February 1979 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What Do You Say To A Talking Bomb? All Systems Snafu!!! See more »
Plot:
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Surreal Sci-Fi Classic See more (155 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Brian Narelle ... Lt. Doolittle
Cal Kuniholm ... Boiler
Dre Pahich ... Talby

Dan O'Bannon ... Pinback
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Beckenbaugh ... Bomb #20 (uncredited)

John Carpenter ... Talby voice (uncredited)

Nick Castle ... Alien (uncredited)
Cookie Knapp ... Computer / 'Mother' (uncredited)
Joe Saunders ... Commander Powell (uncredited)
Alan Sheretz ... Bomb #19 (uncredited)
Miles Watkins ... Watkins - Mission Control (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (original story and screenplay) and
Dan O'Bannon (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
John Carpenter .... producer
Jack H. Harris .... executive producer
J. Stein Kaplan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Knapp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dan O'Bannon 
 
Production Design by
Dan O'Bannon 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stein Kaplan .... assistant director
 
Art Department
David Seal .... chief carpenter
Tommy Lee Wallace .... associate art director (as Tom Wallace)
 
Sound Department
John Brasher .... sound effects
Nina Kleinberg .... sound
Leslie Shatz .... sound effects re-recording
Nick Spaulding .... sound effects cutter
 
Special Effects by
Ron Cobb .... special effects
Bob Greenberg .... special effects
Gregory Jein .... special effects (as Greg Jein)
Dan O'Bannon .... special effects supervisor
Harry Walton .... special effects
John C. Wash .... special effects (as John Wash)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Taylor .... optical effects
Bill Taylor .... visual effects consultant
Jim Danforth .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Beldin .... additional photography
Nick Castle .... camera assistant
Cliff Fenneman .... additional photography
Les Rumsey .... key grip
 
Other crew
Jack H. Harris .... presenter
Jack F. Murphy .... production associate (as Jack Murphy)
Craig Portman .... creative consultant
Craig Portman .... engineering
Terence H. Winkless .... production assistant: Terry Winkless
 
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Runtime:
83 min | 70 min (Original Version) | 71 min (Director's Cut) | 68 min (original student film)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:MA15+ (cable TV rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (1997) | USA:G (#23774) | West Germany:6 (f)

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Trivia:
The film takes place in 2150.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Lt Doolittle's cloth name tape on his uniform is spelled/misspelled "DOOLTTLE", obvious in the first scene in the Food Locker.See more »
Quotes:
[Doolittle convinces the bomb not to explode]
Doolittle:Hello, Bomb? Are you with me?
Bomb #20:Of course.
Doolittle:Are you willing to entertain a few concepts?
Bomb #20:I am always receptive to suggestions.
Doolittle:Fine. Think about this then. How do you know you exist?
Bomb #20:Well, of course I exist.
Doolittle:But how do you know you exist?
Bomb #20:It is intuitively obvious.
Doolittle:Intuition is no proof. What concrete evidence do you have that you exist?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Men in White (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Benson ArizonaSee more »

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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Surreal Sci-Fi Classic, 20 January 1999
Author: Brian Stuart (stuartb@bc.edu) from Boston, MA

I, too, caught this one on a Late Late Movie airing. What a hidden gem! The production value may be about what you'd expect from low budget early 70's Science Fiction, but it hardly detracts from the great writing and direction. It kept amazing me with the way it could deliver some of the best lines with such a wry subtleness that really impressed me. The metaphysical discussion at the end was classic and Pinback's past was also brilliantly done. The ending was a bit cheesy, but alien beachballs, campy explosions, and an absurdly sized ship model aside, this movie is genius.

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