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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:
The twisted world of David Lynch See more (524 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)

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:
David Lynch refuses to say anything about Eraserhead (1977) because he wants to let viewers decide for themselves what they think it means.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The man's hands on the door at the beginning.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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144 out of 206 people found the following review useful.
The twisted world of David Lynch, 4 September 2003
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

I'm always a bit worried when I'm about to express my love towards this movie by the genius director David Lynch... I figure it's the perfect indicator for psychiatrists to claim that you're completely nuts :)

But what the heck, they're a lot of nutballs on this website, so I can speak my mind freely. Indeed, I love this movie...although 'love' may be a wrong term to describe my feelings towards it. This movie 'fascinates' me is a much better saying. Usually, a movie is something in which you can live yourself in...in order to escape the stress of real life. Eraserhead is the exact opposite of that ! When watching this film, you can only hope that you'll never awake in the wold like Lynch shows it here. The horrible noises, the colorless and tasteless locations and the insensible characters...you all hate to love it. Eraserhead takes a walk with your emotions, you don't know whether to be disgusted or intrigued by it. So you'll feel uncomfortable when watching it and that's a wonderful experience for a cinema freak !

Eraserhead is the ultimate cult film in my opinion and a must see for every fan of this delicious genre. In fact, I would go so far to say you can't call yourself a cult-freak if you haven't seen it yet.

David Lynch begins his highly impressive career with this one and it still lives on. Eraserhead isn't his best film at all ( certainly not when it comes to storyline ) but it's his most deep and personal tale. 25 years old and still the "weirdest" film ever. That's an achievement, certainly with all this artistic filmmakers lately...or, at least, they try to be...)

I want to encourage as much people as possible to see this one, but it's for the best that some groups of people avoid it. Surely not recommended if you're depressed or suicidal...The image of Jack Nance and the rest of the cast could even put you more down, I think. The tagline of this movie - "In heaven, everything looks fine" - could become a stimulus, I'm afraid. Pregnant women and young couples in love should beware as well !! This film is the ultimate nightmare for that what should be the greatest miracle of life...The hideous but yet harmless "baby" ( I really don't know how I should call it, actually )is the purest form of horror that ever occurred on the screen.

You must have respect for director David Lynch. If you imagine how hard it must have been to create and finance this production. But it worked...hell, even comedy legend Mel Brooks was deeply impressed. Based on this film, he decided to let Lynch direct "The Elephant Man" a few years later. By that, David's career was launched and of course he made a masterpiece out of it. For me personally, his highlights were the 80's with terrific movies like "Blue Velvet", "Dune" ( very underrated, in my opinion) and "Wild at Heart" at the end of the decade. And let's not forget the best TV-series ever made: "Twin Peaks".

Please, watch this movie !! Three times in a row if possible. I know a lot of people who just stopped watching it after half and hour ( or less ) and yelled "What the f*** is this ???". Real shame, if you ask me. It's an insight to a great mind and a unique event. If you really don't see the magic of it, at least try to admire the very stylish haircut of the main character. I'm thinking of doing the same thing with mine...

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