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18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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Martin Landau ... Garson Jones

Marianne Gordon ... Laurie
Bill Osco ... Mortimer Lutz (as Rexx Coltrane)

José Ferrer ... Mayor Gordon Lane (as Jose Ferrer)

Dorothy Malone ... Marge Smith

Ruth Buzzi ... Virginia Lane
Murray Langston ... Arn
Kinky Friedman ... Willis
Johnny Dark ... John
Kent Perkins ... Officer Dudley
Ellen Blake ... Jenny
Roxanne Cybelle ... Suzie (as Roxanne Cybelle Osco)
Jerry Maren ... Monster (as Jerry Marin)
Eric Helland ... Doper #1
Bill Rawlinson ... Doper #2

Richard Marcus ... Joe The Lab Assistant
Nancy Osco ... Woman Motorist
Jay Sherlock ... Golf Buddy
James Simmerman ... Golf Buddy
John Elliott ... Golf Buddy
Tracy Barry ... Newswoman
Patrick Cunningham ... Drive-In Cashier
Brian Swain ... Drive-In Manager
Jefferson Jewell ... Prankster
Mary Hold ... Prankster
Cory Germann ... Prankster
Roger Smith ... Tow Truck Driver
Brad Ginther ... Running Boy
Roland Onffrey ... Farmer On Tractor
Larry Babcock ... Policeman At Station
Chief Sherwin ... Policeman At Station
Dave Clark ... Customer In Diner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vern Stierman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Robin Stille ... Girl at Drive-in Theatre (uncredited)

Directed by
Jackie Kong 
Writing credits
Jackie Kong (written by)

Produced by
Bill Osco .... producer (as William Osco)
Kent Perkins .... associate producer
Original Music by
Don Preston 
Cinematography by
Robert Ebinger (director of photography)
Art Direction by
Aleka Corwin 
Costume Design by
Sarah Bardo 
Makeup Department
Mark Bussan .... makeup artist
Alistair Mitchell .... hair stylist
Alistair Mitchell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marie Consiglio .... production manager
Robert H. Leighton .... post-production supervisor
Susan Shippey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John S. Curran .... assistant director
Jan Gunderson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Andy Nelson .... property master
John Wright .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Doug Arnold)
Joseph Geisinger .... boom operator (as Joe Geisinger)
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer
Dessie Markovsky .... sound effects (as Dessislava Markovsky)
Lars Nelson .... electronic effects
Emile Razpopov .... sound effects (as Emile Razpovpov)
Special Effects by
Mark Bussan .... makeup special effects
Marsha Dripschick .... special effects consultant
John Eggett .... special effects
Thom Shouse .... makeup special effects (as Tom Shouse)
Greg Brickman .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Hanania Baer .... additional photography
Ben Batzdorff .... best boy
Alan C. Blomquist .... key grip (as Alan Blomquist)
Michael Bolner .... best boy
Paul Elliot .... assistant camera
Steven Finestone .... second assistant camera
Arthur Holtz .... gaffer
Adam Jones .... grip
Arrow Logan .... electrician
Mike Moad .... grip
Nancy Osco .... still photographer
David Seal .... electrician
Mark M. Pompian .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Bardo .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
David Newhouse .... editorial supervisor
Kim Secrist .... assistant editor (as K. Kim Secrist)
Music Department
Don Preston .... music realized by
Transportation Department
Buck De Motte .... transportation captain
Randy Washburne .... driver
Bill Weaver .... driver
Other crew
Burton Arns .... assistant producer
Ann Bang .... executive production secretary (as Ann W. Bang)
Chet Carpenter .... production assistant
Patrick Cunningham .... supervising production assistant
Patricia Gordon .... script supervisor
Harold Granzella .... production assistant
Paula Kolodich .... production assistant
Gueneth Omeron .... production secretary
Betty Osco .... assistant to producer
Van T. Pender .... assistant producer
Kathy Rundquist .... production secretary
Crystal Shaw .... production assistant
Rene St. Lanne .... assistant producer
Carl Stopeck .... special assistance
Jane Weaver .... production assistant

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82 min
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Did You Know?

This film was made in 1980 as "Easter Sunday," but sat on the shelf for three years and finally received a brief theatrical release as "The Being."See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When they jump out of the truck they pan back to the moving vehicle and there can clearly be seen someones arms driving it.See more »
Laurie:But if this thing is actually killing people, then why is the mayor trying to keep it quiet?
Detective Mortimer Lutz:Potatoes
Detective Mortimer Lutz:Around here that means big money.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Monster Squad (1987)See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Whoa!, 19 November 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

THE BEING is one bad movie. And it's very funny. There's no point of writing a sensible review of this "movie" because it's sooooooo bad. If you like bad movies, you have to check it out. My favorite scene is the one at the drive-in, where people are watching a movie with a cheesy monster attacking a bimbo, while the "being" attacks people in their cars. The whole thing was almost brilliant! The main actor is very stiff and his voice is dubbed throughout the movie. I guess the actor didn't have a great voice. And Martin Landau plays a scientist of sorts. Boy, did he hit rock bottom with this movie. And then there's Ruth Buzzi. Yes, THE Ruth Buzzi. There's nothing like seeing the name Ruth Buzzi during the opening credits to give a film some star quality. Arf!

Anyway, I like this movie a lot. It's really one of the best "it's so bad it's good" movies.

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