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Poltergeist -- A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.


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Release Date:
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 »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 5 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 (as Marty Casello)

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)
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Fred Rogers ... Himself (uncredited)
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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

Also Known As:
114 min
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)

Did You Know?

When writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor first met with Steven Spielberg, they were being hired to write the film that eventually became Always (1989). When Spielberg happened to mention he also had an idea for a ghost story, Grais and Victor said they'd rather write the ghost story than Always and that's how they got this job.See more »
Continuity: When Steven finds his keys and gets into the car to escape the neighborhood, a close-up of Carol Anne shows her face is caked with dirt. In the next close-up of her, she's completely clean.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:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
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So why would the Beast still want Carol Anne and Robbie even after it failed to take the ghosts in the house?
What is a poltergeist?
What is the "Beast" that Tangina talks about? Is this Beast the actual poltergeist of the title?
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35 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Steven Spielberg's ghost story, 2 June 2004
Author: ITTMovieFanatic from U.S.A.

"Poltergeist" is Steven Spielberg's vision of a ghost story, and a great one at that. This is an outstanding movie in every way possible. It has terrific acting, a good story to tell, a nice sense of humor, and astonishing special effects. Plus when I first saw this film, it was pretty scary.

"Poltergeist" tells the story of a suburban family living in a small town in California who's home is abruptly invaded by supernatural forces who are anything but friendly, and proceed to terrorize the entire clan. This is a movie that plays like a roller-coaster ride, and once it gets going it never stops.

Tobe Hooper, who directed the original 1974 cult classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", was picked by Spielberg to direct "Poltergeist". He does a fine job of creating scares and tension, even though rumors were floating around that writer/producer Spielberg actually stepped in and directed some of the film (Spielberg went on to say that Hooper was the director of "Poltergeist" even though Spielberg was very much involved with this film from start to finish). To me, it doesn't matter who directed it. This is still an excellent horror movie. Spielberg did a great job as writer/producer, and even if he had directed the whole movie it would still be as good. JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson are wonderful as the head of the Freeling family, with Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, and Heather O'Rourke equally good as their kids. The late Oscar-winning actress Beatrice Straight ("Network") scores points as a parapsycologist investigating the hauntings, and Zelda Rubinstein steals scenes as the mysterious clairvoyant brought in to "clean house". The acting is great, but it's the Oscar-nominated special effects that dominate. Wow! This horror film is a must-see!

***** (out of five)

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