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Poltergeist (1982)

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

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Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
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Mrs. Tuthill
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Pugsley (as Lou Perry)
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Bulldozer Driver (as Clair Leucart)
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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,896,612, 6 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$76,606,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,606,280
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In reality, Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams are only 15 and 11 years older than Dominique Dunne, who plays their teen-aged daughter. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when the golden retriever is going up to each member of the family, a crew member is seen through a small crack in the door right before the dog goes into Dana's room. 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

After the credits and the logo of the MGM lion is shown, we hear children laughing. Fans of the film have assumed that the laughing children are those who have been released from the beast and have crossed over the threshold into the next life. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rebirth
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Strings Arranged by Chris Boardman
Orchestrated by Harvey Cohen
Written, Music and Performed by Jerry Goldsmith
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They're Here.
15 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Truly spooky and disturbing horror film from the early-1980s that will make you jump from your seat. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams seem to lead a normal life. He is a successful real estate agent and she is a loving housewife. They have three beautiful children, but one night all that slowly changes. The youngest child (Heather O'Rourke) starts talking to unseen spirits through a scrambled television station. The parents don't think much of it, until furniture starts to move on its own. However, the real terror does not start until O'Rourke is taken to another dimension by "the TV people". Now paranormalists led by Beatrice Straight must come in and try to get O'Rourke back to her family. Tobe Hooper, who is best known for the highly over-rated "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", does an admirable job here with the film's direction. However, it is rumored that Steven Spielberg came in during his "E.T" days and did the bulk of the work. This makes more sense as the film is really frightening and disturbing. The special effects are also impressive and "Poltergeist" ends up being one of those films that just sticks with you for a long time after you first see it. 4 stars out of 5.


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