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The Hunger -- Sensual vampire story stars rock legend David Bowie as an ailing centuries-old vampire whose fanged-lover, Catherine Deneuve, seduces a mortal while seeking a new partner.
The Hunger -- The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age...


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Release Date:
29 April 1983 (USA) See more »
Nothing Human Loves Forever
A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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 (as Richard A. Shepherd)
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
Christine Allsopp .... additional makeup artist
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... hairdresser: Miss Deneuve
Ann Brodie .... make-up co-chief
John Caglione Jr. .... make-up assistant: new york unit (as John Caglione)
Antony Clavet .... special makeup
Nick Dudman .... make-up & prosthetics assistant
William A. Farley .... hairdresser: new york unit (as Bill Farley)
Carl Fullerton .... makeup illusions
Paula Gillespie .... hairdresser
Paul Gobel .... make-up: new york unit
Peter Montagna .... special makeup effects artist
Jane Royle .... make-up co-chief
Dick Smith .... makeup illusions
Doug Drexler .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... in charge of production
A. Kitman Ho .... production manager: new york unit (as Alex Ho)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eustace .... second assistant director: new york unit
William Hassell .... first assistant director: new york unit
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... second assistant director: new york unit (as Roger Pugliese)
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
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Edward Drohan .... property master: New York
Trisha Edwards .... buyer
Bill Hearn .... standby carpenter
Paul Hedges .... standby props
John King .... draughtsman
Beverly Miller .... scenic artist: New York
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist
Cleo Nethersole .... drapes
Victoria Paul .... art director: New York (as Vicky Paul)
George Peppiatt .... dressing props
Ray Perry Sr. .... standby props (as Ray Perry)
Martin Phipps .... standby rigger
Douglas Regan .... standby painter (as Doug Regan)
Eric Regan .... supervising painter
Reg Richards .... supervising carpenter
Ian Ritchie .... art department assistant
Ray Rose .... prop storeman
Janet Rosenbloom .... set decorator: New York
Dick Savery .... chargehand stagehand
Janet Shearer .... scenic artist
Alfie Smith .... dressing props
Paul Tappin .... supervising plasterer
Walter Tatro .... assistant props: New York
Tony Turner .... standby stagehand
Michael Guyett .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... sound effects editor
John H. Bolz .... sound mixer: New York (as John Bolz)
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant dialogue editor
Jim Dalton .... boom operator: new york unit
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
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)
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 .... chief electrician
James Fitzpatrick .... gaffer: New York
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Hugh Johnson .... additional photographer
Hugh Johnson .... focus
Tom Mangravite .... director of photography: New York
Ray Meehan .... best boy
Allan Mills .... electrician
David Morani .... electrician (as David Moroni)
Angelo Pacifici .... assistant camera
John Palmer .... camera operator
George Parish .... electrician
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
George Whitear .... still photographer
Daniel Mindel .... assistant camera: reshoots (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maggie Cartier .... casting: UK
Bruce Devan .... casting extras: new york unit
Mary Goldberg .... casting: USA
Naseem Nathoo .... casting assistant: uk
Joan Sauers .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Crane .... men's costumer: new york unit
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe master (as Kenny Crouch)
Beverly Cycon .... women's costumer: new york unit
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe supervisor
David Garrett .... costume maker
Yves Saint-Laurent .... costumes: Catherine Deneuve
Editorial Department
Tim Fulford .... second assistant editor
Peter Honess .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Gerry Levy .... location manager
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager: new york unit
Clayton Townsend .... location assistant
Bob Wilkins .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
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)
Transportation Department
Les Austin .... transportation (as Leslie Austin)
Brian Hathaway .... transportation
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation captain (as Harry Leavey)
Bill Turner .... transportation (as Billy Turner)
Bill Wilmott .... transportation (as Billy Wilmott)
Other crew
Deborah Barnard .... accounts secretary
Len Barnard .... production accountant
Mary Breen-Farrelly .... accounts assistant
Lynne Buckley .... nurse
Karen Day .... location auditor
Ceri Evans .... continuity
Arthur Ferriman .... production accountant
Marilyn Green .... producer's secretary
Ingrid Johanson .... production office co-coordinator: new york unit
Gregory Kostroff .... production office assistant
Tony Mascia .... security
John O'Driscoll .... title designer
Loretta Ordewer .... production co-ordinator
Angelo Pacifici .... special assistant: L.A.
Marianne Scanlon .... assistant auditor
Donna Stevenson .... assistant to production office co-ordinator
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist
Harvey Waldman .... production office assistant
Julian Wall .... runner
Diana White .... location secretary
Agnès B. .... producers gratefully acknowledge the co-operation (as Agnes B)
Frank Scott .... in memory of

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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

David Bowie said of this film after it was made: "I must say, there's nothing that looks like it on the market. But I'm a bit worried that it's just perversely bloody at some points".See more »
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 »
[first lines]
John Blaylock:No ice.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Bela Lugosi Is DeadSee more »


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86 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
Sexy vampire noir has boredom written for those of a different taste, 29 April 2004
Author: narnerbee ( from US of A

THE HUNGER, unquestionably one of the most impressive stylized filmmaking of its kind. Using such techniques as classical music, and visual storytelling, not to mention the usage of sound as well, this sexy tale of blood, lust, and demonic dealings takes vampires to the next level. Susan Sarandon is struggling medical woman, trying to discover the secrets of natural aging. Bowie and Deneuve are well out as eternal bloodsuckers meeting a tragic end, as Bowie finds himself rotting away, slowly. Once Bowie is out of the picture, Deneuve has her sights on Sarandon(unique love scene between the two). While never failing to deliver well plotted story, this one grows boring at times, to those uneasily interested. Many incidents, which prove affective to some,are often slow and dull to others, perhaps aquired taste best describes the tone for most viewers. Playing more like a tragic drama, the creators catch most attention with an opening to hard to resist. Even the most uninterested cannot turn from the "Bela Lugosi Is Dead" act, as well as Shuberts "Trio In E Flat" oversounding the sad moments bringing the film to an automatic saddness, which never really goes away. Still, always impressive in many other ways, this film might enlighten others who need soap opera-esque escape matters. THE HUNGER may not grace some people, but others will find this one to be very thrilling in different ways. Always give the film a chance before judging too harshly, and THE HUNGER has its own way of getting attention, it got mine.

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