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Release Date:
31 December 1978 (Poland) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
Not really a movie in the classic sense... 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:
The soundtrack album was dedicated "...to The Man In the Planet's Sister". The Man In the Planet was played by Jack Fisk, brother of Lynch's then-wife, Mary Fisk. Jack brought his future wife Sissy Spacek to the set to hold the slate during his scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The boy who brings Henry's head to the pencil-making shop suddenly has glasses on when he faces away from the camera to enter the side door.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
In HeavenSee more »

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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216 out of 330 people found the following review useful.
Not really a movie in the classic sense..., 23 August 2004
Author: dr_steve from Swarthmore, PA

I've watched Eraserhead countless times. In theaters. Off of the infamous Japanese-subtitled VCR copy. Off of the recent Lynch re-release. From around the late 70s onward. Yes, that long.

I have friends who won't let me recommend movies to them any more.

Anyway, the capsule summary, "Can't be summarized," is pretty close.

First, it is not a movie. It is not a film.

It is a piece of art.

All of the comments I read that attempt to describe it as a movie fail for precisely that reason. If you read the ones that can handle it, they handle it as an art review.

So don't even think of it as a movie. Don't recommend it as a movie. It doesn't work.

I'll also admit that I sat in a haze for decades, absorbed in the imagery. In awe of the impressions. And finally, an image crystallized, an image of what this was a portrait of. (And, of course, I expect this image may change with repeated viewings...) And as I watch it, with this in mind, a continuity appears.

We are living in hell, we just don't realize it.

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