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William Bleich (written by)
Mark Tenser (idea)
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Release Date:
June 1980 (USA) See more »
There is a door between life and death and now, that door is open! See more »
Jane Hardy decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Mixed emotions See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Trish Van Devere ... Jane Hardy

Joseph Cotten ... Walter Prichard

David Gautreaux ... Tom Sullivan
Donald Hotton ... Reverend Winston
Med Flory ... Sheriff Denton

Donald Petrie ... Luke

Christopher McDonald ... Pete

Perry Lang ... Paul Gordon
Fred Franklyn ... Mr. Gordon (as Frederic Franklyn)

Olive Dunbar ... Mrs. Gordon

Al Hansen ... Bo Rehnquist
Dominic Barto ... The Driver
Nicholas Shields ... Dr. Greenwalt
Chuck Mitchell ... Counterman
Allison Balson ... Alice
Jim Gatherum ... Boy #1 (as Jimmy Gatherum)
Tanya Bowers ... Schoolgirl

Directed by
George Bowers 
Writing credits
William Bleich (written by) (as Bill Bleich)

Mark Tenser (idea)

Produced by
Newton P. Jacobs .... executive producer
Chuck Russell .... line producer (as Charles Russell)
Mark Tenser .... producer
Original Music by
Webster Lewis 
Cinematography by
Mori Kawa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Berndt 
Casting by
Samantha Mansour 
Art Direction by
Keith Michl 
Makeup Department
Roberto Fernández .... hair: Miss Van Devere's (as Roberto Fernandez)
Pamela Peitzman .... make-up/hair
Production Management
Michael Fottrell .... production manager (as Mike Fottrell)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John S. Curran .... first assistant director (as John Curran)
Pete Robinson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nancy Auburn .... assistant art director
Ivo Cristante .... prop master
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom man (as Doug Arnold)
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Ron Brody .... assistant sound editor
John S. Curran .... sound editor (as John Curran)
Thomas A. Fucci .... supervising sound editor (as T. Anthony Fucci)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... sound consultant (uncredited)
Greg Brickman .... stunt player
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator
Glynn Rubin .... stunt player
Michael Runyard .... stunt player (as Mike Runyard)
Andree Williams .... stunt player (as Andreé Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Anderson .... first assistant camera
Tracy Neftzger .... best boy grip
Willy Nemeth .... key grip
Johnine Novosel .... second assistant camera
Raymond Post .... grip driver
Jeffrey Sudzin .... best boy electrical (as Jeff Sudsin)
Mike Taylor .... second electrician
Randy Tepper .... still photographer
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer (as Chris Tufty)
Randy Nolen .... steadi cam operator (uncredited)
Daniel Pearl .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Trainor .... extra coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
N. Kristine Chadwick .... wardrobe (as Kristine Chadwick)
Vivianne Johanson .... second assistant wardrobe (as Vivian Johnson)
John Patton .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Annie Lee Hebson .... assistant editor (as Annie-Laurie Hebson)
Music Department
Greg Poree .... music orchestration
Other crew
Jim Charleston .... production assistant
Larry Dyer .... production assistant (as Lawrence Dyer)
Frank Ferro .... production assistant
Jay Levine .... production assistant
Scott Luhrsen .... location scout
Mort Nathan .... production assistant
John Panzarella .... production assistant
Paul Papanek .... production assistant
Sharron Reynolds .... production coordinator
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor (as Cathy Zatarga)

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95 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (2007) | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | Norway:15 (video premiere) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

William Bleich originally devised this movie as a more teen-oriented slasher outing when he was first hired to write the script.See more »
Continuity: The front grille of the hearse changes from scene to scene.See more »
Jane Hardy:[startled by someone at her back door] Oh!
Reverend Winston:Miss Hardy, please.
Jane Hardy:[laughing, relieved] Oh! You scared the hell out of me!
Reverend Winston:I should probably take that as a compliment. *Ha ha ha ha ha!*
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »


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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Mixed emotions, 16 June 2002
Author: Tom Fowler ( from Overland Park, KS

I have read reviews good and bad for this film and find that I cannot disagree with any of them, for The Hearse is good in certain respects and not so good in others. Watching this film recently, for the first time in many years, I was reminded of other stories that came both before and after it, 1963's The Haunting and 2001's The Others coming immediately to mind.

There is nothing better than a good ghost story with mood and imagination and The Hearse claims these properties to some degree. That it is an over-cliched film with comic relief that doesn't quite fit counts against it, as does the unlikely and disappointing ending. Trish Van Devere, a competent if not supremely talented actress, and the always pleasing Joseph Cotton are the lead players, although Ms. Van Devere's screen love interest, David Gautreaux as Tom, came close to stealing it from both of them. I did not feel that Joseph Cotton had enough screen time to please his fans, but as they say, `Always leave them wanting more!' The story: Jane, portrayed by Ms. Van Devere, inherits an old house in the country. Jane's aunt had practiced Satan worship in it and the local town folks were not pleased to see her niece move in. In a nice addition to the storyline, we learn that Jane had a nervous breakdown after a messy divorce and her mental stability quickly comes into question. Jane sees images in the house and is convinced that somebody is stalking her in a sinister looking funeral home hearse. Throughout the course of the story she has interesting encounters with such diverse people as the local estate attorney, hardware store operators and their son, an oddball minister and her new love interest. Who was after her, and why did he/she want Jane out of her aunt's house? There are many red herrings and barely enough chills and thrills to attract the younger audiences that were just then, in 1980, two years after Jamie Lee Curtis and Halloween, making their presence felt at the box office and soon-to-be neighborhood video stores. As stated, the ending was a real letdown after it seemed the film had come to a satisfying conclusion.

Perhaps that is why this film generates strong emotions; it tries to be too much to too many. That it has something for everybody and, for the most part, succeeds in putting it all together is one of it's major strengths. The fact that this also causes it to be disjointed and somewhat awkward at times is the downside of this, but remember, The Hearse was never intended to be a summer blockbuster. That a film such as this can still generate intelligent discussion 22 years after its release is remarkable in itself.

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