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Release Date:
31 December 1978 (Poland) See more »
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Be warned. The nightmare has not gone away... See more »
Plot:
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
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Cinematic genius, but definitely NOT a date movie. See more (509 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nance ... Henry Spencer (as John Nance)

Charlotte Stewart ... Mary X
Allen Joseph ... Mr. X
Jeanne Bates ... Mrs. X

Judith Roberts ... Beautiful Girl Across the Hall (as Judith Anna Roberts)
Laurel Near ... Lady in the Radiator
V. Phipps-Wilson ... Landlady (long version)

Jack Fisk ... Man in the Planet
Jean Lange ... Grandmother
Thomas Coulson ... The Boy
John Monez ... Bum

Darwin Joston ... Paul
T. Max Graham ... The Boss (as Neil Moran)

Hal Landon Jr. ... Pencil Machine Operator

Jennifer Chambers Lynch ... Little Girl (as Jennifer Lynch)
Brad Keeler ... Little Boy
Peggy Lynch ... Person Digging in the Alley (long version)
Doddie Keeler ... Person Digging in the Alley (long version)
Gill Dennis ... Man with Cigar
Toby Keeler ... Man Fighting
Jack Walsh ... Mr. Roundheels (as Raymond Walsh)
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Directed by
David Lynch 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Lynch 

Produced by
David Lynch .... producer
Fred Baker .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Lynch 
 
Cinematography by
Herbert Cardwell 
Frederick Elmes 
 
Film Editing by
David Lynch 
 
Production Design by
David Lynch 
 
Art Direction by
David Lynch 
 
Production Management
Doreen G. Small .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine E. Coulson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
David Lynch .... sound effects
Alan Splet .... location sound (as Alan R. Splet)
Alan Splet .... sound editor (as Alan R. Splet)
Alan Splet .... sound effects (as Alan R. Splet)
 
Special Effects by
Frederick Elmes .... special photographic effects
David Lynch .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Catherine E. Coulson .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Jeanne Field .... crew
Michael Grody .... crew
Stephen Grody .... crew
Toby Keeler .... crew
Roger Lundy .... crew
John Lynch .... crew
John Lynch .... crew
Dennis Nance-Kivell .... crew (as Dennis Nance)
Anatol Pacanowsky .... crew
Carol Schreder .... crew
 
Thanks
Ron Barth .... special thanks
Mars F. Baumgardt .... special thanks
Ron Culbertson .... special thanks
Frantisek Daniel .... special thanks (as Frank Daniel)
Richard Einfeld .... special thanks
Jack Fisk .... special thanks
Mary Fisk .... special thanks
Kenneth E. Fix .... special thanks (as Ken Fix)
Marvin Goodwin .... special thanks
Andre R. Guttfreund .... special thanks (as Andre Guttfreund)
Randy Hart .... special thanks
Roman Harte .... special thanks
George T. Hutchison .... special thanks
David Khasky .... special thanks
Jim King .... special thanks
Margit Fellegi Laszlo .... special thanks
Paul Leimbach .... special thanks
David Lunney .... special thanks
Peggy Lynch .... special thanks
Sarah Pillsbury .... special thanks
Sidney P. Solow .... special thanks
Sissy Spacek .... special thanks
George Stevens Jr. .... special thanks
Antonio Vellani .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Eraserhead 2000" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (re-release) | Mono (original release)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-14 | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2012) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Japan:R-18 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating: 1986) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
It is often erroneously stated that Lynch's wife at the time, Peggy Lynch was pregnant with Jennifer Chambers Lynch during the making of Eraserhead (1977). In actual fact, Jennifer was three years old when the film was first being prepped, and would be eight by the time it was finished.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Henry enters Mary's house, there is a large, distinctive "dent" on the top of his hair that disappears when he gets into the house.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Beautiful Girl Across the Hall:Are you Henry?
Henry Spencer:Yes?
Beautiful Girl Across the Hall:A girl named "Mary" called on the payphone in the hallway about an hour ago. She said that she's at her parents and that you're invited to dinner.
Henry Spencer:Oh, yeah?
[after a long pause]
Henry Spencer:Well... thank you very much.
[Henry enters his apartment, while the girl slowly closes the door to hers]
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Who is the Man in the Planet?
What is David Lynch's interpretation of this film?
What are the "Glen or Glenda" references?
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163 out of 201 people found the following review useful.
Cinematic genius, but definitely NOT a date movie., 30 January 2000
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

I can think of very few films that have sound as their most commendable feature. The Exorcist is one, a film that, aside from infrequent strains of `Tubular Bells', adopts minimal incidental music. This is laudable in a horror genre where shocks are clearly signposted – and predicted – by overgenerous musical stings. The Exorcist may be flawed, but its avoidance of this field cliché is worthy of praise.

Eraserhead is the other film that excels in sound. A frankly disturbing concoction of industrial score and white noise with undercurrents of musical hall and sonorous church organ, it is almost an extra character in the film, and easily it's most prominent factor.

Yet Eraserhead is to be recommended for more than its incidentals. An impenetrable and gloomy work, what is it actually about? Who is the credited `man in the planet' who pulls levers that control giant spermatozoa? Many questions like this permeate a film which perhaps has to be seen several times to get over the initial shock of it's avant gardism. Lynch extracts the everyday and supplants it with the exceptionally bizarre. The experience of meeting a girlfriend's parents for the first time is never worse than here, where the parents in question gyrate spasmodically to the animated legs of a blood-spitting chicken. It's these scenes – along with the deformed mutant baby – that could lend the film the air of an abortion debate. Birth and repressed sexuality thrive throughout the film, from suckling puppies to the seductive appeal of the `beautiful girl across the hall' and a mother-in-law that gets too close for comfort. I guess the entire film could be a man's mental breakdown when faced with the premature responsibilities of marriage and fatherhood. Though to be honest I couldn't even begin to imagine what it's really all about.

Encroaching blackness fills every scene, where lights are intermittent at best, and at worse fail completely. Often sets – particularly the bedroom when `Mary X' is feeding the child – are like prison cells. Two of the most eerie segments involve a title-explaining dream (?) where Henry's (Nance's) head is carved into pencil rubbers and an unsettling musical number from the `lady in the radiator'. This is the same lady with two candyfloss-like lumps on her cheeks that alternates her stage appearances between stamping on giant sperm to singing with religious convictions.

Direction and cinematography are brilliant throughout, though the climax is the ultimate extension of a film that borders on darker, extremely unpleasant aspects of reality. I took a girl to see this film once, where the conclusion formed the final straw in what could be seen as a cycle of repellent imagery. I wonder why I never saw her again?

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