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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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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

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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)

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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

In the kitchen chair sliding scene, Diane fails to place the front legs of the chair within the white circles that have been drawn. The front right leg (the viewers left) is also not placed on the line separating the tiles as it appears in the following scene when the chair actually moves. After Diane moves away from the chair, the chair's front legs have been miraculously aligned with the white circles and the front right chair leg has been placed on the line separating the tiles. This indicates that there were multiple takes and most likely a mechanism between the tiles which helped the chair to move. 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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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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