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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 »
User Reviews:
Gother Than Thou 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)
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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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Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The famous love scene between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon was shot on a closed set.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the climactic sequence, Miriam takes a swipe at one of the cadavers, knocking its jaw off. The impact causes it to wobble, making it obvious that it is a rigid, lightweight prop.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John Blaylock:No ice.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
PIANO TRIO NO. 2, IN E FLAT MAJOR, OP. 100See 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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57 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Gother Than Thou, 26 March 2004
Author: Gafke from United States

"The Hunger" opens with the by now familiar Goth anthem "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus. Not a bad way to open a vampire film, though nowadays it would seem almost a parody. "Undead undead undead" indeed. Enter Cathy and Bowie into a slick, sleek, neon nightclub, filled to the rafters with post-punks & pre-Goths playing dead. Too bad they weren't as ready for the real thing as they thought they were. You see, Cathy and Bowie are vampires.

This is a visually stunning film, making up for in effects what it sometimes lacks in coherence. It seems that lovely, immortal Cathy, called Miriam, is a vampire queen who has been around since the Sphinx was built, apparently. Bowie is her consort, a once mortal man whose two hundred-odd year lifespan is suddenly winding down at a frighteningly rapid rate. Desperate to find a cure, he seeks out scientist Susan Sarandon, who at first disbelieves Bowie's claims, but is soon convinced when the young and handsomely androgynous man suddenly ages over the course of a few hours time into a decrepit ruin. Miriam, who has had countless lovers over the centuries, gives Bowie the heave-ho and turns her attention to lovely young Sarandon. But Sarandon, though initially easy to seduce (in an erotic lesbian scene) proves to have a will stronger than Miriam's, and Miriam's habit of keeping her collection of ex-lovers cadavers close at hand, proves to be a mistake.

This is a strange film, almost as cold and dispassionate as one might well imagine a vampire to be. It seems to hold the viewer at arms length, not allowing them to experience the emotions of the characters...but the characters, for the most part, are severely lacking in emotion anyway, so the stark emptiness of the film becomes a brilliant mirror. Some vampire enthusiasts might find this boring and confusing, but it's a good effort and not a total loss.

The three main characters are worth watching simply for their amazing beauty and grace. Tony Scott (brother of Ridley) has made a nice, if somewhat bizarre and chilling, work of art here and, like most works of art, it's up for interpretation.

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