IMDb > The Hunger (1983)
The Hunger
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Hunger (1983) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 20 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Hunger -- The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age...

Overview

User Rating:
6.6/10   14,083 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Ivan Davis (screenplay) and
Michael Thomas (screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Hunger on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(226 articles)
Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Death Is Not the End'
 (From Hitfix. 13 July 2014, 8:46 PM, PDT)

Catherine Deneuve to head Dinard jury
 (From ScreenDaily. 4 July 2014, 5:07 AM, PDT)

The Fault in Our Stars crosses $100 million
 (From Flickeringmyth. 25 June 2014, 5:33 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Dream-like bloodsucking See more (109 total) »

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)
Create a character page for: ?

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
97 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
David Bowie said that, in order to make his voice suitably hoarse for when he aged so drastically in the movie, he stood on the George Washington Bridge every night and screamed all the punk rock songs he knew.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene when Miriam offers the drink to Sarah, Sarah is standing in front of a bust depicting Miriam. The camera pans between the two a total of three times. The third time, when Sarah takes a sip of her drink, the bust is not there.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John Blaylock:No ice.
See more »
Movie Connections:
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?
What the heck happened at the end?
See more »
23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Dream-like bloodsucking, 26 January 2004
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness

Dream-like horror

Whitley Streiber's highly suspenseful and thematically rich novel is transformed into something entirely different by Tony Scott.

The film is a dream-like arthouse horror pic with diamond-studded production values.

Catherine Deneuve is very, very good as eternal blood drinker Miriam Blaylock. Although it has never been acknowledged (as far as I know), the look and behavior of her screen character is a "re-imagining" of Delphine Seyrig's peerless vampire Countess Bathory from Harry Kummel's 1971 classic DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS.

David Bowie is superb as Deneve's not-so-immortal beloved and convinces us to emphasize with his condition (he is aging rapidly)

This was Tony Scott's first feature and it is a beautiful piece of work that is rich in texture and design and demonstrates adroit control of cinematic craft.

The sound design and rich catalog of music cues are pitch perfect.

Certainly bearing little resemblance to Streiber's novel (just as Michael Wadleigh's WOLFEN also moved away from same author's source), THE HUNGER is, nevertheless, gorgeous art.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (109 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Hunger (1983)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
That is actually one of the most disturbing endings I've ever seen agwoodliffe
Anne Rice trainzo
Horrible movie daleksftw
who recognized Willem Defoe? casey-133
What's it rated R for? Strawberry_Jam
SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN THE ENDING!!! *SPOILER* JediClaudia
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Vampire Lovers Basic Instinct Daughters of Darkness Bitter Moon Amuck
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Fantasy section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.