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Poltergeist -- Steve Freeling moves his family into a new house in development and it looks like things are going well. But as his wife and his children begin to unpack strange things start happening.
Poltergeist -- A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.


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4 June 1982 (USA) See more »
From a dimension beyond the living, a terror to scare you to death. See more »
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Craig T. Nelson ... Steve Freeling

JoBeth Williams ... Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)

Beatrice Straight ... Dr. Lesh

Dominique Dunne ... Dana Freeling

Oliver Robins ... Robbie Freeling

Heather O'Rourke ... Carol Anne Freeling
Michael McManus ... Ben Tuthill
Virginia Kiser ... Mrs. Tuthill
Martin Casella ... Marty

Richard Lawson ... Ryan

Zelda Rubinstein ... Tangina

James Karen ... Mr. Teague
Lou Perryman ... Pugsley (as Lou Perry)
Clair E. Leucart ... Bulldozer Driver (as Clair Leucart)

Dirk Blocker ... Jeff Shaw

Allan Graf ... Sam
Joseph Walsh ... Joey (as Joseph R. Walsh)
Helen Baron ... Woman Buyer
Noel Conlon ... Husband
Robert Broyles ... Pool Worker #1

Sonny Landham ... Pool Worker #2
Jeffrey Bannister ... Implosion Man
William Vail ... Implosion Man
Craig Simmons ... Implosion Man
Phil Stone ... Football Announcer - NBC Sports (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barry Nelson ... Actor on Television (uncredited)

Fred Rogers ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
Writing credits
Steven Spielberg (screenplay) &
Michael Grais (screenplay) &
Mark Victor (screenplay)

Steven Spielberg (story)

Produced by
Kathleen Kennedy .... associate producer
Frank Marshall .... producer
Steven Spielberg .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Marci Liroff 
Production Design by
James H. Spencer 
Set Decoration by
Cheryal Kearney 
Makeup Department
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup (as Dottie Pearl)
Craig Reardon .... special effects makeup
Toni-Ann Walker .... hairdresser (as Toni Walker)
Production Management
Dennis E. Jones .... production manager (as Dennis Jones)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Bob Roe .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael L. Muscarella)
Craig Raiche .... prop master
Ed Verreaux .... production illustrator
Brent W. Bell .... carpenter (uncredited)
Martha Johnston .... set designer (uncredited)
Dick Lasley .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Scott W. Leslie .... set dresser (uncredited)
Greg Lynch .... lead man (uncredited)
William F. Matthews .... set designer (uncredited)
Joseph Perugini .... plasterer foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
John Dunn .... sound effects editor (as John Chih Chao Dunn)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... dialogue editor
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects
Bonnie Koehler .... dialogue editor
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Art Rochester .... sound mixer
John Roesch .... foley walker
Joan Rowe .... foley walker
Richard Thornton .... boom person
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Tim Mangini .... sound editor (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects foreman
Michael Wood .... mechanical effects supervisor (as Mike Wood)
Mike Berro .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Robert Cole .... special effects hydraulic foreman (uncredited)
Thaine Morris .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
José Abel .... animator: ILM (as Jose Able)
Peter Amundson .... assistant visual effects editor: ILM
Charles Bailey .... model maker: ILM (as Charlie Bailey)
Craig Barron .... assistant matte photographer: ILM
David Berry .... optical printer operator: ILM (as Dave Berry)
Mike Bolles .... design engineer: ILM
Conrad Bonderson .... machinist: ILM
Ed Breed .... production procurer: ILM
Marty Brenneis .... electronic engineer: ILM
Kris Brown .... electronic system software: ILM
John Bruno .... animation supervisor: ILM
Conrad Buff IV .... visual effects editorial supervisor: ILM (as Conrad Buff)
Laura Buff .... production accountant: ILM (as Laura Kaysen)
Scott Caple .... assistant animator: ILM
Melissa Cargill .... electronic technician: ILM
Sean M. Casey .... model maker: ILM (as Sean Casey)
Dave Childers .... stage technician: ILM
Wade Childress .... equipment maintenance: ILM
Terry Chostner .... still photographer: ILM
Bob Chrisoulis .... optical technician: ILM
Donald Clark .... optical printer operator: ILM (as Don Clark)
Harold Cole .... stage technician: ILM
Sam Comstock .... technical animation supervisor: ILM
Jay Davis .... matte animation: ILM
Dick Dova .... stage technician: ILM
Richard Edlund .... visual effects supervision
Judy Elkins .... matte animation: ILM
John Ellis .... optical printer operator: ILM
Chrissie England .... administrative supervisor: ILM
Rick Fichter .... effects cameraman: ILM
Bob Finley III .... stage technician: ILM (as Bobby Finley III)
Pat Fitzsimmons .... stage foreman: ILM
Barbara Gallucci .... model maker: ILM
Steve Gawley .... model maker: ILM
Tim Geideman .... optical technician: ILM
Ray Gilberti .... second assistant cameraman: ILM
Ralph Gordon .... optical line-up: ILM
Milton Gray .... animator: ILM (as Milt Gray)
Mary Lou Hale .... production secretary: ILM
David Hanks .... apprentice machinist: ILM
Toby Heindel .... model maker: ILM
Robert Hill .... first assistant cameraman: ILM
Edward Hirsh .... stage technician: ILM
Renee Holt .... animation assistant supervisor: ILM
Paul Huston .... chief model maker: ILM
Jerry Jeffress .... electronic system design: ILM
Ed Jones .... optical line-up: ILM
Paula Karsh .... production procurer: ILM
James Keefer .... animation camera supervisor: ILM (as James C. Keefer)
Kim Knowlton .... matte animation: ILM
Neil Krepela .... matte photographer: ILM
Rob LaDuca .... assistant animator: ILM (as Bob DeLuca)
Kathryn Lenihan .... matte animation: ILM
Gary Leo .... electronic engineer: ILM
Michael Lessa .... key assistant: ILM (as Mike Lessa)
Ellen E. Lichtwardt .... assistant animator: ILM (as Ellen Lichtwardt)
Mike MacKenzie .... electronic engineer: ILM (as Mike Mackenzie)
Jeff Mann .... model maker: ILM
Kim Marks .... first assistant cameraman: ILM
Scott Marshall .... model maker: ILM
Cristi McCarthy .... electronic coordinator: ILM (as Christi McCarthy)
Roberto McGrath .... still photographer: ILM (as Roberto Mcgrath)
John McLeod .... stage technician: ILM (as John McCleod)
Marghi McMahon .... model maker: ILM (as Marghe McMahon)
Ted Moehnke .... supervising stage technician: ILM
Jack Mongovan .... assistant animator: ILM
Thaine Morris .... stage technician: ILM
Lisa Jean Mower .... special wardrobe: ILM
Duncan Myers .... optical technician: ILM (as Duncan Meyers)
Bill Neil .... effects cameraman: ILM
Bruce Nicholson .... optical photography supervisor: ILM
Kerry Nordquist .... still photography: ILM
Ease Owyeung .... model maker: ILM
Udo Pampel .... machinist: ILM
Michael Pangrazio .... matte painting supervisor: ILM
Paula Paulson .... special wire performance: ILM
Lorne Peterson .... modelshop supervisor
Gary Platek .... laser and cloud effects: ILM
Chris Rand .... apprentice machinist: ILM
Bruce Richardson .... model maker: ILM
Nilo Rodis-Jamero .... effects art director: ILM (as Nilo Rodis)
Pete Romano .... first assistant cameraman: ILM (as Peter Romano)
Thomas Rosseter .... optical line-up: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Michael Shannon .... additional matte photographer: ILM
Kathy Shine .... production secretary: ILM
Grant Smith .... model maker: ILM
Michael Smith .... equipment maintenance: ILM
Thomas G. Smith .... production supervisor: ILM (as Tom Smith)
David Sosalla .... model maker: ILM (as Dave Sosalla)
Howard Stein .... visual effects editor: ILM
Peter Stolz .... stage technician: ILM
Mitch Suskin .... visual effects coordinator
Larry Tan .... model maker: ILM
Ed Tennler .... draftsman: ILM
Marc Thorpe .... model maker: ILM
Peggy Tonkonogy .... assistant animator: ILM
Mark Vargo .... optical printer operator: ILM
Jim Veilleux .... cameraman: additional scenes: ILM
Laurie Vermont .... production coordinator: ILM
Art Vitello .... key animator: ILM
Garry Waller .... first assistant cameraman: ILM
Gene Whiteman .... equipment engineering supervisor: ILM
Bess Wiley .... electronic technician: ILM (as Bessie Wiley)
Terry Windell .... animator: ILM
Jammie Friday .... rotoscope (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (as Jean Epper)
Cindy Folkerson .... stunts
Dana Gendian .... stunts
Jaimi Gendian .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Felix Silla .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
Bobby Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Averill .... dolly grip
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer
Hugo Cortina .... best boy
Tommy Klines .... second assistant cameraman (as Tom Klines)
John R. Leonetti .... first assistant cameraman (as John Leonetti)
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Dennis Matsuda .... camera operator
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Bruce Hill .... ultra high speed photography (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles DeMuth .... costumer: men
Ann Gray Lambert .... costume supervisor (as Ann Lambert)
Buffy Snyder .... costumer: ladies
Editorial Department
Albert Coleman .... assistant editor
Rick Fields .... associate editor (as R. Fields)
Mel Friedman .... assistant editor
Bob McMillian .... color timer (as Bob Mcmillian)
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrations
Bruce Botnick .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Richard L. Calkins .... owner: Rip
Richard L. Calkins .... trainer: Rip
Don Levy .... unit publicist
Gerald Moore .... craft service (as Jerry Moore)
Jerry Moore .... craft service
Paul Pav .... location manager
Janice Pober .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Christopher Reynolds .... production associate
Patty Rumph .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Daphne Stacey .... assistant: Mr. Hooper
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Beverly Webb .... production coordinator
Denise Durham .... assistant: Ms. Kennedy (uncredited)
Dixie Fusillo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... substitute production coordinator (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Theresa Shepherd .... caterer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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114 min | USA:120 min (original cut)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (cable rating) | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1982) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:PG (re-rating on appeal) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The only film Dominique Dunne appeared in.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: During the initial investigation, when the ghost comes down the staircase, nothing appears on the monitor, but when reviewed, the tape does appear to have captured the incident. This is part of ghost lore.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
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Why did the tree go after Robbie when the poltergeists were really after Carol Anne?
What's up with that bad edit right before the Freelings show up at the next-door neighbors' house?
Why is the Freeling home the only one affected by the hauntings and other phenomena?
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47 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
My favorite film experience, 20 March 2007
Author: ray-280 from Philadelphia

I noticed that IMDb lists the release dates for films, and laughed here because I could never forget Friday, June 4, 1982, my last day in tenth grade, and about my tenth date with the exceptionally pretty and wonderful young lady I dated throughout most of high school. The weather was perfect, and I took my ladyfriend out for a nice lunch and a walk down Broadway in search of a movie. ET had been the hyped Spielberg film of that summer, but this one was already out, and the thought of a horrified hottie clinging to me for dear life (or vice versa) was irresistible. Poltergeist it was.

Like all Spielberg films, one will not find many weaknesses. The plot will be engaging, the visuals stunning, the acting excellent, and the overall experience first-class. This film did not disappoint.

The restrospectively amusing casting of Craig T. Nelson in the lead. Notable supporting cast include the late Dominique Dunne and the late Healther O'Rourke, both of whom would die tragically in 1988 and 1982, respectively, the earlier by domestic violence and the latter by illness. The loss to Hollywood is still felt to this day as each would likely have Oscars by now. The cast of competent, moderately known talents provided a strong yet muted substance to the special-effects stylings for which Spielberg became so famous.

As I settled in with my date to watch the film, I was equally enthralled both by her touch and the screen. From the moment O'Rourke uttered the to-this-day-chilling "They're here!!," through the amusing plot twist that explains the hauntings (a certain home developer forgot to do something with the gravesite that had previously existed on the land and apparently ticked off some spirits), though the death, destruction, and absolute terror experienced by the hapless protagonist family.

I will never again be fifteen, never again experience the deep cuts to the heart that come with teenage desire, never again wonder if maybe those horror movies could happen in real life, never again will experience the thrill of not having school or any other responsibilities for the next three months, and will never again be as vital or physically capable as I was so effortlessly back then, but to have had that even once, all at the same time, in the greatest city in the world, was absolutely awesome.

Whatever might have been wrong with my life at that age simply did not exist in that theater, during that film, with that date. Anything less than a perfect film would have spoiled what was literally a perfect day. It didn't.

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