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John C.W. Saxton (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 May 1981 (USA) See more »
It'll be a killer party! [DVD] See more »
At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The Birthday Party See more (113 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Virginia Wainwright

Glenn Ford ... Dr. David Faraday

Lawrence Dane ... Hal Wainwright
Sharon Acker ... Estelle Wainwright
Frances Hyland ... Mrs. Patterson

Tracey E. Bregman ... Ann Thomerson (as Tracy Bregman)
Jack Blum ... Alfred Morris

Matt Craven ... Steve Maxwell

Lenore Zann ... Maggie
David Eisner ... Rudi

Lisa Langlois ... Amelia
Michel-René Labelle ... Etienne Vercures (as Michel Rene Labelle)
Richard Rebiere ... Greg Hellman
Lesleh Donaldson ... Bernadette O'Hara
Earl Pennington ... Lieutenant Tracy
Murray Westgate ... Gatekeeper
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Prof. Heregard (as Jerome Tiberghien)
Maurice Podbrey ... Dr. Feinblum

Vlasta Vrana ... Bartender
Walter Massey ... Conventioneer Leader
Griffith Brewer ... Verger
Allan Katz ... Ann's Date (as Alan Katz)

Ron Lea ... Amelia's Date
Terry Haig ... Feinblum's Assistant
Karen Stephen ... Ms. Calhoun
Louis Del Grande ... Surgeon
Nicholas Kilbertus ... Anesthetist (as Nick Kilbertus)
Damir Andrei ... Junior Surgeon
Gina Dick ... Waitress Ingrid
Stephanie Miller ... Hospital Nurse
Stephen Mayoff ... Police Officer (as Steven Mayoff)
Aram Barkev ... Conventioneer
Alan Barnett ... Conventioneer
Paul Board ... Conventioneer
Marc DeGagne ... Conventioneer
Bruce Gooding ... Conventioneer
Victor Knight ... Conventioneer
Rollie Nincheri ... Conventioneer
Keith Sutherland ... Conventioneer
Herbert Vool ... Conventioneer
Len Watt ... Conventioneer
Joe Wertheimer ... Conventioneer
Nancy Allan ... Cheerleader
Karen Hynes ... Cheerleader
Tracy-Marie Langdon ... Cheerleader
Debbie McGellin ... Cheerleader
Kathy Reid ... Cheerleader
Lori Timmons ... Cheerleader
Debbie Tull ... Cheerleader
Lynn Wilson ... Cheerleader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Santiago ... Voice (uncredited)
Mark Zilbert ... Crawford Student (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
John C.W. Saxton (screenplay) (as John Saxton) &
Peter Jobin (screenplay) &
Timothy Bond (screenplay)

John C.W. Saxton (story) (as John Saxton)

John Beaird  uncredited

Produced by
John Dunning .... producer
Stewart Harding .... line producer
André Link .... producer (as Andre Link)
Lawrence Nesis .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bo Harwood 
Lance Rubin 
Cinematography by
Miklós Lente (director of photography) (as Miklos Lente)
Film Editing by
Debra Karen 
Production Design by
Earl G. Preston  (as Earl Preston)
Costume Design by
Huguette Gagné  (as Hugette Gagne)
Makeup Department
Jocelyne Bellemare .... makeup artist
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Normande Campeau .... assistant makeup artist
Monique Cogez .... assistant makeup artist
Bob Pritchett .... hairdresser
Benjamin Robin .... assistant hairdresser
Production Management
Ginette Hardy .... production manager
Estelle Lemieux .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Braive .... assistant director
Charles Braive .... second unit director
Robbie Ditchburn .... third assistant director (as Robert Ditchburn)
François Ouimet .... second assistant director (as Francois Ouimet)
Art Department
Claude Benoît .... second assistant art director (as Claude Benoit)
Charles Bernier .... set props
Andre Brochu .... construction manager (as André Brochu)
Brian Campbell .... art department assistant
Ryal Cosgrove .... assistant set props
Michel Dernuet .... assistant art director
Jim Hodgson .... art department assistant
Mark Montebello .... art department assistant
Réal Paré .... art department assistant (as Real Paré)
David Phillips .... property-vehicle coordinator
Armand Thomas .... assistant set dresser
Katherine Wadas .... set buyer
Sound Department
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer (as Les Fresholz)
Peter Lee-Thompson .... sound supervisor (as Peter Thompson)
Richard Lightstone .... production sound mixer
Jean-Claude Matte .... boom operator (as Jean Claude Matte)
Stanley H. Polinsky .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stan Polinsky)
Susan Schneir .... sound: second unit
Pat Somerset .... sound effects
Jim Thompson .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Gilles Aird .... special effects technician
France Belisle .... special effects technician
Louis Craig .... special effects technician
Bill Doane .... special effects coordinator
Jacques Godbout .... special effects technician
King Hernandez .... special effects coordinator
Warren Keillor .... special effects coordinator
Ron Ottesen .... special effects coordinator (as Ron Otteson)
Brad Bovee .... stunt performer
Susan Charest .... stunt performer
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt performer (as Bennie Dobbins)
Lyne Fournier .... stunt performer
Tony Jefferson .... stunt performer
Max Kleven .... stunt coordinator
Jean Lysight .... stunt performer
Dwayne McLean .... stunt performer
Karen Pike .... stunt performer
Eve Robin .... stunt performer
Ben Scott .... stunt performer
John-Clay Scott .... stunt performer (as John Clay Scott)
Jérôme Tiberghien .... stunt performer (as Jerome Tiberghien)
Tim Rabbitt .... stunt location manager (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
François Aubry .... lighting technician
Michel Bernier .... second assistant camera
Don Burgess .... camera operator: second unit
Pierre Charpentier .... grip
Jean-Louis Daoust .... key grip
David Douglas .... camera operator
Mathieu Décary .... focus puller (as Mathieu Decary)
Claude Gingras .... grip
Charles Hughes .... best boy
Michael A. Jones .... camera operator: second unit (as Michael Jones)
Jacques LeFlaguais .... grip
Emmanuel Lepine .... grip
Moshe Levin .... camera operator: second unit (as Mosh Levine)
John Lewin .... electrician
Ernst Michel .... camera operator: second unit
Piroska Mihalka .... still photographer
Walter Nichols .... electric: second unit
Jacques Paquet .... electrician
Gérald Proulx .... electrician (as Gerald Proulx)
Guy Rémillard .... generator operator (as Guy Remillard)
Don Saari .... gaffer (as Donald Saari)
Eddy Trempe .... generator operator
Casting Department
Francine Brasseur .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-Hélène Gascon .... wardrobe mistress (as Marie Helene Gascon)
Élisabeth Lamy .... wardrobe assistant (as Elizabeth Lamy)
Denys Proulx .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Jacqueline Carmody .... assistant editor (as Jaki Carmody)
Michaël Karen .... assistant editor (as Michael Karen)
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Shinichi Yamazaki .... music editor
Transportation Department
Neil Bibby .... transportation captain
Michael Borlace .... driver
Michel Cote .... driver
Jim Disensi .... driver
John Ellis .... driver
Victoria Frodsham .... driver
Christopher Gilmore .... driver
Sidney Goldberg .... driver
Marc Hébert .... driver
Edward Sanden .... driver
Other crew
David Bailey .... assistant location manager
Giselle Bolduc .... craft service (as Gisele Bolduc)
Linda Browne .... script supervisor
Monique Champagne .... continuity
Alain Desrosiers .... production assistant
Lucie Drolet .... production accountant
Gregory Dunning .... production assistant
Kathy Flynn .... secretary to the director
Leo Gregory .... production controller
Michael Klingbell .... animal trainer: Winston and George (as Mike Klingbell)
Carole LaFlamme .... production secretary
Beverly Lev .... production assistant
Trudi Link .... production accountant
Irene Litinsky .... executive assistant to producer
Marilyn Majerczyk .... assistant to line producer
Elizabeth Morris .... unit publicist
Cary Ross .... location manager
Danae Vilandre .... production typist
Kathy Wolf .... production typist
Stuart Woolley .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:110 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (Re-rated 2009) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 (original rating) | Finland:(Banned) | France:-12 | Iceland:(Banned) | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:(Banned) (1981) | Peru:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

The brain surgery operation was performed by a real neurosurgeon but on a fake special effects manufactured dummy brain.See more »
Continuity: When Ginny arrives at the inn, as she sits down, she holds her brown handbag in her hand, but in the next shot as she sits, the handbag is on her shoulder.See more »
[first lines]
Mrs. Patterson:[to her attacking dog] Winston! Winston! Winston, just stop it, bad boy. Sit down. Sit!
Bernadette O'Hara:Oh, Mrs. Patterson.
Mrs. Patterson:Bernadette O'Hara, do you have any idea what time it is? Where are you going?
Bernadette O'Hara:Well, I, I was just going up to the village to meet some of the kids at the inn.
Mrs. Patterson:You mean the second home for the Crawford top 10, don't you?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »
Happy Birthday to MeSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Birthday Party, 25 December 2014
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The teenager Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) studies in the traditional Crawford Academy and belongs to a group of wealthy friends named The Top Ten. Virginia had a serious car accident a couple of years ago where her mother died. Now she lives with her father and is psychologically treated by the prominent Dr. David Faraday (Glenn Ford). She has also frequent blackouts but she is slowly recovering her memory. When one by one of her friends are murdered and disappears, Virginia starts to believe that she is the killer, but Dr. Faraday does not think so. Who might be the serial-killer?

"Happy Birthday to Me" is a creepy slasher with a good story with many twists. When it seems to have disclosed the killer and the motive, there is one last unexpected twist that surprises the viewer. The conclusion is extremely dark and makes this movie one of the best in the genre. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Feliz Aniversário para Mim" ("Happy Birthday to Me")

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