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Director:
Writers:
Sandor Stern (screenplay)
Jay Anson (book)
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Release Date:
27 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Houses Don't Have Memories See more »
Plot:
Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Brolin ... George Lutz

Margot Kidder ... Kathy Lutz

Rod Steiger ... Father Delaney

Don Stroud ... Father Bolen

Murray Hamilton ... Father Ryan
John Larch ... Father Nuncio
Natasha Ryan ... Amy
K.C. Martel ... Greg
Meeno Peluce ... Matt
Michael Sacks ... Jeff

Helen Shaver ... Carolyn

Amy Wright ... Jackie

Val Avery ... Sgt. Gionfriddo
Irene Dailey ... Aunt Helena
Marc Vahanian ... Jimmy
Elsa Raven ... Mrs. Townsend
Ellen Saland ... Bride

Eddie Barth ... Agucci
Hank Garrett ... Bartender

James Tolkan ... Coroner
Carmine Foresta ... Cop at the House

Peter Maloney ... Newspaper Clerk
Charlie Welch ... Carpenter
J.R. Miller ... Boy
Patty Burtt ... Girl
Michael Hawkins ... New York State Trooper

Richard Hughes ... 2nd New York State Trooper
James Dukas ... Neighbor (as Jim Dukas)
Baxter Harris ... Cop #2 at the House
Michael Stearns ... Policeman
Jack Krupnick ... Dead Father

Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
 
Writing credits
Sandor Stern (screenplay)

Jay Anson (book)

George Lutz  story (uncredited)
Kathy Lutz  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Elliot Geisinger .... producer
Ronald Saland .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown  (as Robert Brown Jr.)
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
 
Art Direction by
Kim Swados 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist
Christine Lee .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor
Jere Henshaw .... executive in charge of production
Russell Saunders .... unit production manager (as Russ Saunders)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benjamin Rosenberg .... second assistant director
Edward E. Vaughan .... first assistant director (as Ed Vaughan)
 
Art Department
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Donald Nunley)
Bob Skemp .... greensman
 
Sound Department
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert W. Glass)
Maury Harris .... sound mixer
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Christopher Ramsey .... boom operator (as Chris Ramsey)
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recording mixer
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
 
Special Effects by
Dell Rheaume .... special effects (as Delwyn Rheaume)
 
Visual Effects by
William Cruse .... visual effects
Allen Blaisdell .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt driver
Brian Bruderlin .... stunt double
Roger Creed .... stunt coordinator
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver
Rick Seaman .... stunt driver (as Richard D. Seaman)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Edward Morey III .... camera assistant
John Murray .... key grip (as Johnny Murray)
Gene Stout .... gaffer (as Eugene Stout)
Hal Trussell .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Bales .... wardrobe: women
Richard Butz .... wardrobe: men
 
Editorial Department
Bill Berry .... negative cutter
Dee D'Orazio .... additional editing (as Etter 'Dee' D'Orazio)
Stanley Frazen .... associate editor
Dennis Galling .... assistant editor
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady .... apprentice editor (as Barbara Gandolfo)
 
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Aaron Rochin .... scoring mixer
John Graves .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Johnny Dias .... transportation
 
Other crew
Susan Anker .... production secretary
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Thomas Bermingham .... religious supervisor (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham)
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Connie Greenwood .... unit controller
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal trainer
Mary Ann Newfield .... script supervisor
Barbara Pieters .... production coordinator
Steve Warner .... location auditor
 

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Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (No. 25653) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp admitted to having a hard time filming the scenes with the flies, as he claimed to be scared of insects. He says that whenever he was to film a scene with a close-up facial shot of a fly right in the camera, he would look away or close his eyes and hope for a good shot. He also lost nearly 30 pounds because he refused to eat, saying the flies made him lose his appetite.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the front and basement doors are destroyed and George is showing the detective the damage, Kathy is seen on the steps looking at her wedding ring and she puts it back on her finger. When George and the detective come up from the basement, she is putting her ring on again.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Cop at the House:Jesus Christ, it gets worse all the time.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

FAQ

What is 'The Amityville Horror' about?
Is "The Amityville Horror" a true story?
Where are the Lutzes living now (in real life)?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Amityville Horror-1979, 3 January 2007
Author: Toronto85 from Canada

I went to HMV one day and decided to buy a horror movie. I had heard all about Amityville Horror. It was always on TV, but I never had the interest to watch it. So I bought the 2000 MGM DVD for $9.99. The movie is about a couple that moves into a new house, but little do they know, it is haunted. All of this was apparently a true story. Wonderful acting by Rod Stieger. This movie is not really a horror movie. It does not have the chills of a horror movie. The reason I never watched it was because I heard it was a bit of a bore. This movie is not what you may think it is. Don't go buying this if you think you will get a really scary movie. The DVD has a great picture. Probably a step up from the VHS version. If you are interested in the story of Amityville, then go out and get it. Do not expect a movie with blood and gore, because this movie is almost free of it. The 2000 DVD version is a bit of a disappointment in terms of features. Only the trailer is included. There are 8 sequels.

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