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Director:
Writers:
Ivan Davis (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
29 April 1983 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Nothing Human Loves Forever
Plot:
The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Catherine Deneuve ... Miriam Blaylock

David Bowie ... John Blaylock

Susan Sarandon ... Sarah Roberts

Cliff De Young ... Tom Haver
Beth Ehlers ... Alice Cavender

Dan Hedaya ... Lieutenant Allegrezza
Rufus Collins ... Charlie Humphries

Suzanne Bertish ... Phyllis
James Aubrey ... Ron

Ann Magnuson ... Young Woman from Disco
John Stephen Hill ... Young Man from Disco

Shane Rimmer ... Arthur Jelinek
Bauhaus ... Disco Group
Douglas Lambert ... TV Host

Bessie Love ... Lillybelle

John Pankow ... 1st Phone Booth Youth

Willem Dafoe ... 2nd Phone Booth Youth

Sophie Ward ... Girl in London House
Philip Sayer ... Boy in London House
Lise Hilboldt ... Waiting Room Nurse
Michael Howe ... 1st Intern
Edward Wiley ... 2nd Intern
Richard Robles ... Skater
George Camiller ... Eumenes
Oke Wambu ... Egyptian Slave
Kent Miller ... Cadaver
Fred Yockers ... Cadaver
Susan Hunter ... Cadaver
James Wassenich ... Cadaver
Allan Richards ... Cadaver
Hilary Six ... Cadaver
Carole-Ann Scott ... Cadaver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Howard Blake ... Restaurant Pianist (uncredited)

Jane Leeves ... (uncredited)
Peter Murphy ... Performer in Club (uncredited)
James Payne ... Taxi Driver at Hotel (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Scott 
 
Writing credits
Ivan Davis (screenplay) and
Michael Thomas (screenplay)

Whitley Strieber (novel)

Produced by
Richard Shepherd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Denny Jaeger 
Michel Rubini 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Goldblatt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pamela Power 
 
Production Design by
Brian Morris 
 
Art Direction by
Clinton Cavers 
 
Set Decoration by
Ann Mollo 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
Antony Clavet .... special makeup
Nick Dudman .... prosthetic makeup artist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup illusions
Peter Montagna .... special makeup effects artist
Dick Smith .... makeup illusions
Doug Drexler .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
David Tringham .... first assistant director
Debbie Vertue .... third assistant director
Julian Wall .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Edward Drohan .... property master: New York
Trisha Edwards .... buyer
John King .... draughtsman
Beverly Miller .... scenic artist: New York
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist
Victoria Paul .... art director: New York (as Vicky Paul)
Ian Ritchie .... art department assistant
Janet Rosenbloom .... set decorator: New York
Janet Shearer .... scenic artist
Walter Tatro .... assistant props: New York
 
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... sound effects editor
John H. Bolz .... sound mixer: New York (as John Bolz)
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant dialogue editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator
Jeremy Gibbs .... assistant sound editor
Mike Hopkins .... dialogue editor
Dushko Indjic .... second boom operator
Ray Merrin .... dubbing mixer
Dan Neroda .... sound recordist: New York (as Danny Neroda)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Allen .... monkey effects (as Dave Allen)
Paul Corbould .... special effects
Roger Dicken .... monkey effects
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects coordinator
Garth Inns .... special effects
Graham Longhurst .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... stop motion animator: monkey sequence (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunt dbl- David Bowie
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Catharine Bushnell .... still photographer: New York
David Cadwallader .... camera grip
Mark Cridlin .... clapper loader
Angelo Di Giacomo .... second assistant camera: New York (as Angelo DiGiacomo)
Joseph Di Pasquale .... assistant camera: New York (as Joe DiPasquale)
Martin Evans .... gaffer
James Fitzpatrick .... gaffer: New York
Hugh Johnson .... additional photographer
Hugh Johnson .... focus puller
Tom Mangravite .... director of photography: New York
Ray Meehan .... best boy
Angelo Pacifici .... assistant camera
John Palmer .... camera operator
Ed Quinn .... key grip: New York (as Edward Quinn)
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Michael Stone .... camera operator: New York
David Wagreich .... first assistant camera: New York
Daniel Mindel .... assistant camera: reshoots (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Maggie Cartier .... casting: UK
Mary Goldberg .... casting: USA
Joan Sauers .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe supervisor
Yves Saint-Laurent .... costumes: Catherine Deneuve
 
Editorial Department
Tim Fulford .... second assistant editor
Peter Honess .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Howard Blake .... music arranger
Howard Blake .... music supervisor
David Lawson .... performer: additional electronic music and effects
David Lawson .... composer: additional electronic music and effects (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John O'Driscoll .... title designer
Clayton Townsend .... location assistant
Bob Wilkins .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Frank Scott .... in memory of
 

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97 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
Musical Director Howard Blake has said of this film on his personal website: "Tony [Scott] wanted to create a score largely using classical music and I researched this, many days going to his home in Wimbledon with stacks of recordings to play to him. One of these was the duet for 2 sopranos from Delibes 'Lakme', which I recorded specially with Elaine Barry and Judith Rees, conducting my orchestra The Sinfonia of London. Howard Shelley joined with Ralph Holmes and Raphael Wallfisch to record the first movement of Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat. Ralph recorded the Gigue from Bach's Violin Partita in E and Raphael the Prelude to Bach's solo cello sonata in G, to which Bowie mimed. I was persuaded to appear in one scene as a pianist, for which I wrote a 'Dolphin Square Blues'. Tony wanted to add a synthesizer score and I introduced him to Hans Zimmer, then working at The Snake Ranch Studio in Fulham but Tony eventually used a score by Michel Rubini and Denny Jaeger with electronics by David Lawson. It is hard however to exactly separate these elements".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the quick cuts when John attacks Alice, blood splashes on the sheet music. A few cuts later, the music stand is kicked to the floor, and the open pages are now blood-free. The unstained pages are seen again at the end of the sequence (in a fade effect that reinstates their blood stains).See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John Blaylock:No ice.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bela Lugosi Is DeadSee more »

FAQ

What TV episode also features a scientist trying to learn how reverse aging by studying children with progeria?
Is "The Hunger" based on a book?
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43 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Stylish Vampire Movie- Love Is Eternal While It Lasts, 25 March 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In New York City, the lovers Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) and John (David Bowie) are vampires that survive through time under the Egyptian symbol of Ankh. When John starts an accelerated aging process, he seeks the specialist Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon). However, he does not survive, and Miriam selects Sarah to be her next lover.

"The Hunger" is one of the best vampire movies ever made. I recall when I saw this movie for the first time, in an art cinema in Rio de Janeiro, and later at least three times on VHS. Now on DVD, this stylish film improves with the fantastic melancholic and artistic atmosphere, with a magnificent music score and wonderful cinematography. This movie is totally underrated in IMDb since it is one of the most beautiful vampire movies ever made, actually a masterpiece of the genre. Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon have overwhelming performances in this unforgettable movie. The remarkable scene of the lesbian love of Miriam and Sarah is among the most erotic in the cinema history, never being vulgar. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Fome de Viver" ("Hunger for Living")

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