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Director:
Writers:
Sandor Stern (screenplay)
Jay Anson (based on the book by)
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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 large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(48 articles)
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Excellent For it's time See more (292 total) »

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 (based on the book by)

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
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Donald Nunley)
Bob Skemp .... greensman
 
Sound Department
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
John Wilkinson .... 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)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (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) | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) (uncut) | 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:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R (No. 25653) | West Germany:16 (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
At the time of its release the film was one of the highest grossing independent films of all time and American International Pictures' biggest hit.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Father Delaney's car goes out of control, the window is up/down between shots.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 »

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36 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Excellent For it's time, 5 November 2004
Author: tomewarden from New Jersey

This movie was based on the true story and it did a great job of re-creating what actually happened. The creepy way the little girl talks to the seemingly empty rocking chair and the 3:15 am horrifying nightmares over and over again would make anyone feel a little freaked out. The reaction of anyone who has anything to do with the church should have been a sign to get out of this house. The flies, cold spots, and eyes peering in and outside of the windows are all things that actually happened inside that house in Amityville Long Island. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to enjoy a scary movie or for anyone who has been freightened of a house before. This movie does the trick without any fancy special effects.l

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