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Poltergeist (1982)

PG | | Fantasy, Horror | 4 June 1982 (USA)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

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Cast

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Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
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Virginia Kiser ...
Martin Casella ...
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Lou Perryman ...
Pugsley (as Lou Perry)
Clair E. Leucart ...
Bulldozer Driver (as Clair Leucart)
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Jeff Shaw
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Storyline

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter. Written by Rob Hartill

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The first real ghost story. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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PG | See all certifications »

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4 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juegos diabólicos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,896,612 (USA) (4 June 1982)

Gross:

$76,600,000 (USA)
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(35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production crew used real human skeletons because it was cheaper to purchase them instead of plastic ones. See more »

Goofs

During the tree/abduction scenes, it is pouring rain in some shots, but not in others. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carol Anne: Hello? What do you look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you! Hey, hello! Hello, I can't hear you! Five. Yes. Yes. I don't know. I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

The Star Spangled Banner, playing on the Freeling's TV set is heard over the initial opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Empire State (2013) See more »

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Strings Arranged by Chris Boardman
Orchestrated by Harvey Cohen
Written, Music and Performed by Jerry Goldsmith
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Good Scary Fun!!!
8 April 2004 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

I am not going to go into all the controversy surrounding this movie...everybody knows about the various deaths of cast members, as well as questions over who actually directed "Poltergeist". What I will decribe in this review are my feelings concerning the movie.

"Poltergeist" is a good scary picture which will not only entertain you, but will make you wonder what originally occupied the land where your home is currently standing. This movie makes good use of foreshadowing and building of tensions to move a viewer to believe what they are actually seeing is really happening. While giving the "funeral" for the pet bird, Robbie asks if they can later dig it up so they can "see the bones". At the end of the film he is indeed treated to seeing "dug up bones", only they were not ones he had in mind.

Great movie, great acting, great scary fun! A+


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