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Poltergeist (1982)

 -  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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Michael McManus ...
Virginia Kiser ...
Martin Casella ...
Marty (as Marty Casello)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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From a dimension beyond the living, a terror to scare you to death. See more »

Genres:

Horror

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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:

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

Poltergeist (1982) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) were filmed within 20 minutes of each location. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when Diane tucks the kids into bed, there is a green mylar balloon in front of the window. During the subsequent scene where Robbie covers the clown doll with the Chewbacca jacket, the balloon is in the corner behind the clown doll. Then, minutes later, when Steven takes Robbie back to his room, the balloon is back in its original position in front of the window. 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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The Star Spangled Banner, playing on the Freeling's TV set is heard over the initial opening credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
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Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by John Stafford Smith
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Terror in the house

The Freeling family finds out their house is haunted and their young daughter is taken by the ghosts.They're facing a phenomenon that's called poltergeist.Tangina, a spiritual medium, comes to help the family.Poltergeist (1982) is directed by Tobe Hooper.It's co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg.Frank Marshall is the second producer.So some true talents are behind this film.Also some great acting there.Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams are terrific as Steven and Diane Freeling.Great child acting by Heather O'Rourke (deceased) as Carol Anne, Dominique Dunne (deceased) as Dana and Oliver Robins as Robbie.Thew late great Zelda Rubinstein is brilliant as Tangina Barrons.The late great Beatrice Straight is amazing as Dr. Lesh.James Karen is magnificent as Mr. Teague.This 30-year old film is a gem of the horror genre.It genuinely scares you.And isn't that what a good horror film is supposed to do? Like the scene with the corpses.Horrifying.You don't want to miss this one.


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